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I found a cute pattern I wanted to make--it used cotton chenille yarn. I went to a great yarn store & the lady there was very helpful. She said that they don't even carry chenille yarn because they have found it to not hold up well. I believe she used the term "wormy". I love the look & feel of chenille yarns, but went ahead and subtituted something else.<br><br>
What is everyone's experience with chenille? Knitting with it & also wear and tear & washing?<br><br>
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I asked at my LYS about it too and they said to just knit tightly and it will prevent worming. I made the flower washcloths from <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Weekend Knitting</span> and it turned out well but I didn't like having to knit tight. I just made it this past weekend so I don't yet know how well it will hold up.
 

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I just finished a chenille hat and trust me-- it is the true test of knitting prowess to knit cotton chenille double on a size 7 LOL. I really like how it came out, but I can't tell you about wear and tear 'cuz I just made it.<br><br>
It's very slippery and not too stretchy, but once I switched to the part where you use a single strand it was much easier!<br><br>
~Devon
 

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i hate cheneille. especially cotton cheneille. it's got NO give at all, and after a few washes it IS wormy, which just means that the strand losen and pucker so that one spot will be really tight, and then a few stitches down you've got a big ol' loophanging off the piece. Rayon cheneille is easier to work with, IMO, but still in general, NOT my fave yarn
 

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I don't know about "wormy," but when I was knitting with chenille the yarn broke during a purl stitch. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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That's why I did a hat... they don't get washed very often <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Wow--I am glad that I decided not to go with the chenille!<br><br>
I do love the look of this little sweater, though. For ease of guage substitution & washability, the knitting lady suggested a wool blend. It is OK and all, but I wanted that "cushy" look. I am going to finish the sweater in the wool blend & see how it turns out, but just wondering--is there anything nice to sub. for chenille in case I am unhappy with this? I think the gauge was 16 stitches - 4" x 4" in stockinette. It is supposed to be with #8 needles, but I am having to use a 10.<br><br>
Thanks so much--you ladies are great! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I've used fleece yarn for a cell-phone cozy and an apron top (in progress)... it's cushy like chenille, but seems to knit better. I got mine at my LYS, but <a href="http://www.yarn-store.com/fleece-yarn.html" target="_blank">here</a> is an example. Berroco also makes one, called "plush".
 

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I have used Sirdar Snowflake to get an end result that feels very soft and fleecy. Not the easiest to knit, but I liked it way better than chenille.<br><br>
Alison
 
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