Modern Min (diarytypething) wrote in vegan_knitters,
Modern Min

Chunky yarn?

I've agreed to knit a scarf for a friend, and while it's a very basic pattern (he's studying Maths at university, and is geeky enough to want a mobius scarf, which is the kind of thing you can made quite easily on a big circular needle), I can't quite find the right type of yarn. I'd like to make it from something relatively chunky so that I can knit it up in a couple of evenings, but it looks like almost everything designed for needles 4mm and larger contains at least some wool. It just seems to be difficult to find a good, thick, vegan yarn.

Since I'm based in Scotland and don't want to pay horrific shipping costs, I'm looking for something which can be bought within the UK (bonus points if John Lewis stock it, as there's one that I pass on the way home from work), and obviously it shouldn't be something too fluffy and girly because he just wouldn't wear something made from some of the weirder novelty yarns.

Any suggestions on what I could use?
Tags: advice wanted, scarves, yarn
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For a generic thick yarn i normally use Top Value chunky, which is the sort of thing you can get in cheap department stores and so on. It's all acrylic, but ok for a scarf. If you want something nicer (which in my book translates to more cotton or other non-synthetic fibre) then there is a yarn called Symphony which is usually available in John Lewis and a number of other places. I can't remember who makes that, i think either Sirdar or Stylecraft because i remember the alliteration factor. Stylecraft Charleston is another favourite of mine, but has been discontinued so you'd need to look in store sale bins or on the internet. It's a bit fluffier, but does come in colours that don't look too 'girly'.
I can't help yr question I'm afraid, but mobius scarves are sweet as :)