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After christmas I'll be starting to work on inventory for some baby items to sell either locally or on etsy (only on etsy if they dont sell at my local makers market). I'm using old vintage patterns, a lot of which use yarn knitted on around size three needles. Anyway, I'm trying to decide what type of fiber to use. I definitely dont want to use anything synthetic. Don't want to use wool because it needs to be practical and easy to care for for the average person... ie, needs to be machine washable. I just don't see the average person wanting to have to hand wash baby clothes... so I was thinking cotton or linen or another plant fiber but I don't know much about other types of fibers. The good thing about cotton is that it's machine washable, and not as expensive as linen. But I really love the durability of linen, and how it doesnt get that worn look after washing tons of times... the only thing is, it is expensive!! I may just use both, but would love some suggestions or other types or even specific brands of yarns that are suitable for babies (ie soft and not itchy) as well as machine washable and good quality but not over the top expensive....<br><br>
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Bamboo and soy are both nice and soft. As is hemp, if you can find it.<br><br>
Linen items you would probably have to wash before selling, since linen yarn is usually pretty rough. I know knitpicks has a cotton/linen blend though.<br><br>
If you use a fiber like cotton though, remember to allow for shrinkage.
 

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I'd knit up a sample or two in cotton and see what you think. Personally, I'd go for wool, because nobody is going to invest that kind of money in handknits and not be prepared to care for them properly. (cf. Aravore babies in the UK.)
 

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This is how I feel, also. You could consider a superwash. Everyone I know raves about Dale Baby Ull or Lorna's Laces superwash and things like that.<br><br>
MTA: I don't know gauges but Plymouth Encore DK is a wool/acrylic blend that is actually quite nice, and washable.
 

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I second the wool as well, you can always go with superwash and thus remove some of the care problems with it. There are a lot of very nice sock yarns out there that are superwash that should work beautifully for what you want to make, gorgeous colors and nice and squishy. If you want to stick with more strict solids I'm sure the Baby Ull is superwash and it should be the perfect weight for what you are knitting.
 
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