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cheapest non nasty acrylic yarn for granny squares?

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EarlyIntheMorning Tue 17-Sep-13 21:27:16

Bearing in mind how expensive yarn is and how much would be needed to make a blanket for a single bed, what's the cheapest yarn I could get away with for the end result to look good and have longevity?

BranchingOut Tue 19-Nov-13 11:36:56

Thanks, I agonised over different yarns for about ten minutes then bought a load of stylecraft!

Can't wait to get started. ;)

katcatkat Sun 17-Nov-13 14:54:35

Stylecraft special washes very well my blanket despite 9 months of kid use looks like new and has not bobbled etc. I did the attic24 granny stripe.

alemci Sun 17-Nov-13 09:32:33

I am using Rico cotton to make a blanket. It is about £1.99 online but can be found cheaper and the colours are pretty.

BranchingOut Sun 17-Nov-13 09:24:39


BranchingOut Fri 15-Nov-13 17:27:20

Are you able to wash a blanket made from Stylecraft? I am thinking of making a sofa throw that will probably get a few spillages etc.

Is it nice to touch?

TheWoollybacksWife Fri 27-Sep-13 16:51:36

I used
Lipstick (Red)
Jaffa (Orange)
Citron (Yellow)
Meadow (Green)
Cloud Blue (Blue)
Emperor (Indigo)
Lavender (Violet)

for my rainbow blankets. Citron and Jaffa are both very bright but Meadow was calming and the deep purple of Emperor seemed to tie it all together.

SoupDragon Fri 27-Sep-13 15:59:00

WRT the colours, I think the green was wrong as it seems to stand out. I don't think any of the others would fit in better though certainly not Bright Green which is the Jaffa of greens

SoupDragon Fri 27-Sep-13 15:57:45

looks like cotton not acrylic and no doesn't look cheap.

In real life it looks just like the acrylic it was made from, there's no getting away from it. It's what I wanted to use for the blanket though so I am not at all disappointed smile

SoupDragon Fri 27-Sep-13 15:55:41

I like Jaffa but it certainly wasn't the orange I was hoping for!

TheWoollybacksWife Fri 27-Sep-13 15:33:29

I must be the only person on MN that loves Stylecraft Jaffa gringrin

brass Fri 27-Sep-13 14:23:22

I studied Image 4 grin looks like cotton not acrylic and no doesn't look cheap. I've made a note of the colours, can feel the creative juices starting to flow.

SoupDragon Fri 27-Sep-13 07:06:33

Thank you Brass

I agree about things looking "cheap". I think my rainbow one does to a certain extent because it is clearly cheap acrylic even though it feels lovely. With 3 children one dog and a cat though, I was aiming for practical!

SoupDragon Fri 27-Sep-13 06:56:28

Soupdragon, could you possibly list the stylecraft colours you used?

Ah... I see you've fallen for the Jaffa ruse grin The orange is a Hayfield one which is slightly less traffic cone than the Jaffa! It took a lot of looking to find one that was the right orange and this one still isn't right - also you can feel where the orange is if you run your finger down the blanket with your eyes shut. It's not a nice as the Stylecraft.

Red - Matador
Yellow - Sunshine
Green - Green [snort]
Blue - Aster (I think)
Indigo - Violet (which seems a bit odd!)
Violet - Plum

The edging is in Cloud, White and Silver.

The purples at the end are a bit arbitrary and clearly not correct for a proper rainbow. They seemed to make the colour change from blue to red the best though.

PukousMucous Thu 26-Sep-13 22:48:31

20% off all stylecraft yarn on deramores until 6th October. That makes a Lucy pack £23 for 17 100g balls of special dk. Lush.

MrsDeVere Thu 26-Sep-13 22:26:40

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Appin Thu 26-Sep-13 20:43:19

Soupdragon, could you possibly list the stylecraft colours you used? I ordered a whole load of colours from wool warehouse last month to start a bright rainbowish baby blanket, and when they arrived they were nothing like the colours on the screen had been! Some of them completely unusable, especially Jaffa!

brass Tue 24-Sep-13 10:14:25

Soupdragon I just have to comment, your blanket is amazing.

I love crochet but find you have to be careful with colours and yarns or it really does end up looking cheap and 'granny' which is not what you want when you've just invested all those hours to it.

Purlesque Sat 21-Sep-13 08:45:52

I would like to make a couple of recommendations, I'm not sure about crochet but for knitting I bought some yarn from Poundstretcher, it's called Glenmore premium acrylic, it's £2.50 for a 200g ball.
Also I just tried Cygnet which is quite nice, lovely colours too, especially the pink shades. These are on eBay.
I still haven't tried Stylecraft but Hayfield bonus is nice to knit with.

PookBob Fri 20-Sep-13 21:42:06

I have made several blankets and a couple of bolster cushions using stylecraft dk, they looked and felt lovely when newly finished, but the yarn does not wear well, the cushions especially look very worn, fuzzy and bobbly just two months on.

From experience I think it is worthwhile paying a bit extra for cotton or wool yarn. I'm using the Rico creative cotton for my current projects which is pretty cheap. I bought from Wool Warehouse with a 10% discount code from simply crochet mag.

SoupDragon Thu 19-Sep-13 21:11:04

It's just the Attic24 Neat Ripple with my own border.

Letticetheslug Thu 19-Sep-13 21:02:26

that is gorgeous soup dragon, do you have a a pattern?

SoupDragon Thu 19-Sep-13 20:49:18

I made a lot of my blanket in Antigua grin

Stylecraft does not feel nice in humid weather!

PharaohHound Thu 19-Sep-13 20:32:20

I prefer small granny squares to a big continuous one as they are so portable, I can whip out my square , hook and a bit of yarn on my breaks at work or at swimming lessons.

IDugUpADiamond Thu 19-Sep-13 20:32:14

Thank you, I will try that when I'm ready to order my colours; So many to choose from! I think I might order a swatch card first.

MrsDeVere Thu 19-Sep-13 20:23:51

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