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Date: 12/3/11 8:06 AM

Looking for opinions please. DD wants me to crochet a few baby hats. She wants one to look like Mickey Mouse. I'm never going to find red and black yarn in baby weight so am going to use worsted weight yarn. Which one will hold up and wash better? Caron "Simply Soft" or Red Heart worsted weight? I don't have much experience with the Caron brand but have used Red Heart for many years. Not thrilled with that stuff anymore either.
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Date: 12/3/11 10:19 AM

If those are your only available choices I would use the Caron because it feels better. Otherwise check out a local yarn shop for something nicer or go to Knitpicks.com. Check out their Swish line of superwash wool or Shine which is made from a cotton and modal rayon blend. I've used both and they are very soft AND washable. Plus they are not that much more $ than the other ones you're looking at but are much nicer to knit with.

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Date: 12/3/11 8:57 PM

I think you would be able to get Lion Brand, and they aren't that expensive, nor are they the top brands but Lion Brand yarns are better than either the Paton or the Red Heart for sure. I only use Red Heart for the odd craft project. Lion Brand fan here all the way - I love the Homespun (Made in USA) and the Wool Ease Thick and Quick.But they have lighter weight yarns too. Michael's always has some and of course Joann's has them. Good luck!

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Date: 12/3/11 11:27 PM

I agree with the suggestion to try Knitpicks. I have used other yarn products from Knitpicks and have been completely satisfied, and the prices are very good.

For lightweight (sport) machine washable acrylic that is reasonably soft, consider Patons Astra. It isn't widely available in craft stores in my area, but can be ordered from various websites.

Red Heart has its uses, but the darker colors tend to be scratchy and stiff.

Happy knitting! I'm sure the hat will be adorable.

ETA: I also enjoy Lion Brand yarns. The Microspun line is lightweight and soft, and comes in black and red. Available here at a big-box crafts retailer; also online.
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Date: 12/3/11 11:35 PM

I am another for Lion Brand. I'm cheap and my yarn also has to be affordable for my small knitting projects.

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Date: 12/4/11 0:21 AM

Thank's ladies for your replies
I do like Lion Brand wool-ease yarn but was leery about the wool blend and a newborn. I did buy the Caron but, back to Wal-Mart it goes. It does feel soft enough but something about it seems "off" like the twist of the yarn itself is too loose. That is why I posted asking for opinions. For these projects cost is not a matter, this little guy is our first grandchild It was me being lazy. I was grocery shopping and the yarn was there. Too easy.
So Monday, off I go to Joann's ( now to stop myself from buying more fabric while I'm in there ) and or Michael's. If I'm not succesful in either of those stores, on line it shopping is.
Appreciate your opinions very much
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