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Comment by Diane Ford 4 hours ago
Christine, most of the yarn I bought on eBay recently was job lots. I got a variety of different DK yarns, but they were all without bands. I plan to send enough squares for complete blankets, and I'm making sure they're all the same size, so hopefully the people who are joining them up shouldn't encounter any issues.
Comment by Christine Johnson 5 hours ago

Diane, this is as good a place as any to post queries of this sort - you will be answered by Brits and not have to sort out the recommendations for Lion Brand etc. The yarns you have mentioned are all good but you'll probably find that they do vary a little - I find that some brands vary from colour to colour, yellow being particularly skinny I seem to remember. Don't worry too much if your squares aren't exactly 8". The joiners in S Africa deal with many different sizes and will match up slight variations. I get given quite a lot of yarns from time to time so have become accustomed to using what I have, often doubling up yarns to get a substantial square. Kemps had a recent offer on Wendy Mode which is 50% wool and that is a good thickness for dk. I was so pleased with it when it arrived that I re-ordered immediately and have masses of it. I'm beginning to tire a little of the same seven garish colours now though and have to move on for a while to something different.

If you are able it would be really helpful if you could make notes of your experiments and post them here - many people, especially newcomers, ask about yarns and as you can see we all give different answers. Some of the replies are from crocheters and a thinner yarn is adequate for that. A comparison chart would be a handy thing to have.

Comment by Diane Ford 6 hours ago
I've knitted diagonal squares in garter stitch to use up some oddments of yarn, but I prefer to knit different patterns and textures, which is why I'm trying to find a yarn that will knit up consistently every time. So far I have Robin, Woolcraft, and Marriners DK yarns on my list of yarns to try out, and I've just remembered that I have some Stylecraft Special DK yarn that I bought to make dolls' jackets but haven't used yet, so I'll have a go with that this afternoon.

I hope I did the right thing posting in this thread. Should I have started a new discussion?
Comment by mary 7 hours ago

oh and doing diagonal adding one stitch each row in garter makes it easier to size squares!

Comment by mary 7 hours ago

Hi Diane Stylecraft is beautifully soft acrylic massive range of colours both in DK and Aran (slightly fewer in Aran) I use www.woolwharehouse.co.uk and over £25 free postage plus seems to come quite quick.

Comment by Elaine Jones 8 hours ago

Hello Diane and welcome to KAS.  All the suggestions for online shopping that have been posted here are excellent options.  RKM is my local store and, as Christine says, they do offer a good service.  Kemps are good for prices but their offers vary so it could mean more unpicking!  I like Robin DK - it's a good, soft and consistent yarn as well as being reasonably priced.  It's ideal for making squares and readily available. RKM are currently offering DY Choice DK yarn for £1.99 per 100 gms.  I haven't used this yarn but it is made by Debbie Bliss so it should be good quality.  They are also offering Woolcraft Faircroft DK - 500 gm for £6.50.  That would make a lot of squares!  I have used Woolcraft yarn in the past and it's perfectly good.  Apart from that, the previous suggestion of Mariners is worth considering - their own brand DK is, I am told, good quality and will be consistent.  I hope this helps. 

Comment by Diane Ford 22 hours ago
Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone. I try to do most of my shopping online so I don't have to rely on other people, and I was really looking for the names of yarns people like using for knitting squares, rather than shops. I've completed 25 squares in the 12 days since I started this, but I'm still doing a lot of unpicking before I work out how many stitches I need to cast on, because each ball of yarn I use seems to knit up differently from the last one.
Comment by Tom Skupham 22 hours ago

 I went on an excursion to Carlisle last week, B&M bargains had some random patterned Aran at £4.99 for 300 grams. there are a lot of discount shops who have Wool at various times.

Comment by Christine Johnson yesterday

My local Poundland doesn't stock yarns but a lot of us like Poundstretcher. If you've got one of those near you it may be worth asking someone to look in, especially for Whizz Aran perhaps - a self striping yarn that you'll often see used on this site.

Comment by Diane Ford on June 24, 2015 at 10:08am
Anne, I rarely get to the shops these days, but we do have a Poundland here, so I'll ask someone to pop in and have a look for me. Thank you.

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