A little more than two months ago, I wrote a post about my feelings on different types of fibers. One of the things that I noted was that for the most part, I really don’t like acrylic yarn. It often seems to get stringy, untwist, and some of them are really scratchy.
But, there has been one exception to that: Knit Picks’ Brava lines. It comes in sport, worsted, and bulky weights. It hasn’t had any of the problems that I mentioned above and it’s affordable. I used it for my Dude’s Cross Cable Gauntlets pattern after I finalized the stitch counts and it turned out really well. It was smooth, didn’t itch, stretched nicely when I flexed my hand, and also didn’t look cheap like some acrylic yarns do:
While that project turned out really well, the one that sold me on Brava has been working on the granny square blanket that I’ve been working on for a coworker who is expecting this summer. I have been doing the blanket with bulky weight with really bright colors (frankly, I hate doing things for babies in pastels).
The lesson that I have learned from this is that I can’t judge an entire fiber based on a few types of one yarn. Who knows, there may be hope for cotton yarn for me yet.
Update: I actually wrote this post on 04/17/12, but for some reason the posting didn’t stick.