||[Feb. 25th, 2010|01:42 pm]
UK knitters ahoy
Oh please help me, wonderful community. I'm looking for recommendations for a yarn to make a cardigan. The recipient has specified the following: Not scratchy, chunky knit and a wine or burnt orange colour.
I had thought to avoid wool yarns completely, but the recipient did mention wool, so I'm fairly confident that, as long as its not scratchy, he's not actively allergic. But I'm not sure whether or not to trust to that and give a potentially unsuitable garment. So I'm left, really, with cotton, acrylic or more esoteric yarns. I've had a scout at some of the brush cottons available at iKnit and Buntys in Ealing, but none seem to be soft enough. The same goes for various acrylics. However, I've not actually felt a finished (and washed) garment in any of these.
For the style of cardigan, I'm thinking long, fairly plain, drop shouldered, pocketses and a big collar. There may be cabling involved, but if there is, it will be more of an accent, rather than the main thing. So, really, the yarn will be the star in this piece.
I would be very grateful if anyone could recommend a soft chunky knit yarn, preferably without any wool content, that would knit up well into a man's chunky cardigan.
Many thanks in advance.