Looking for Super Chunky Yarn

I am going to make a heavy sweater jacket for hiking in the cold weather months. The yarn it calls for is Morehouse Merino Bulky (100% Merino wool) that knits at 10 sts and 18 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch. That particular yarn is $17.50 or so. I need 8 or 9 skeins of it! Ouch. I know I'm worth it...aren't we all...but if I could get a good quality yarn that is a bit less expensive, that would be great. I know that Lion Brand has skeins that are about $10 and I have used that, but I was wondering if you guys had any experience with heavy yarns that you would recommend. Knit Picks doesn't have that size. The folks at Webs has a decent collection and a wide range of prices. Any suggestions?
Attached is the sweater I am going to make.


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superi's picture

A quick ravelry search suggests, wool ease by lionbrand, burly spun by brown sheep co, or montana by tahki. Here's a link to the search I did on Ravelry with more options.



You must have a typo in your original message: It must be 10 sts to 4 inches, not 100! The Morehouse Merino is wonderful and warm.....spend the money and make a jacket that you will cherish and wear!

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks for the typo alert. All fixed now. Imagine how tiny the thread would have to be to get 100sts/4". I'd go blind!

Also, thanks for the endorsement of the Morehouse Merino.

cacunn's picture

That looks like some very nice yarn. I am partial to superwash for anything that is subject to heavy soiling. Hiking could lead to heavy soiling.

Have you considered knitting with two strands held together?

Additional sources of chunky:

Cascade: http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/knitting/yarn/Cascade/128Superwash.asp

Yarn Country: http://www.yarncountry.com/Chunky-Superwash-t4_43-0.aspx

Webs: http://www.yarn.com/product/webs-knitting-crochet-yarns-ella-rae-classic-superwash-chunky-heathers/

Plymouthyarn: http://www.plymouthyarn.com/index.php?nav=cYarn.yarnDetail&yarnid=001078&searchcollection=000005

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks for all the links!
I like the colors at Yarn Country. Superwash makes a lot of sense and I have used it before. I don't tend to roll around in the mud, but I think that a good deal of sweat may wick into the material, so popping it in the washing machine would do nicely for freshening things up.

I have done some things with two strands held together, but prefer the look of single strand...it's also easier to handle if I have to repair some stitch errors.


scottly's picture

Lambs pride bulky is one of my favorites it's 3 st per inch on 10.5. You could probably make that work with a smaller guage needle. It basically comes in every color known to man and it's single ply which I always think has an interersting look. It also comes in a superwash that's 3 ply. I've seen it from 7.00 - 9.00 for 110 yds superwash and 125 yds regular. It's 85% wool 15% mohair.

Here's the superwash

Here's the regular single ply

Bill's picture

I think people overlook what a good yarn Lamb's Pride is....

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks. I am going to investigate Lamb's Pride.

Tallguy's picture

There are many brands of yarn that you can use. I would not use Merino in bulky for a sweater like this. It is too soft and fine. It will not wear that well. You want something stronger. Lamb's Pride is a good choice. If you want a blend of wool and synthetics, there are those too. Don't skimp on quality. You can often find good quality at a cheaper price, if you only take the time to look around. It may not be right this month... but keep your eyes open. It will often show up when you least expect it. If you are going to spend all your time making this, be sure to use a good quality yarn so that it holds up to the wear you expect of it. Nothing sadder than seeing all your work fall apart after one season!

I think that should be 10 st in 4 inches... well, that is 2.5 stitches an inch, so it's pretty good at being a bulky. There are many yarns that are that thick. Merino is too expensive to be spun into a bulky like that. imo

There is also the option of using two yarns together to add up to a bulky. The stitch count will work, but it won't be as thick and heavy, and I don't think you really want a very heavy sweater anyway. Two yarns will give you the stitch width, but not the stitch depth from front to back. That's not such a bad thing. And the cost is a bit less that way too.

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks for the suggestions and the typo alert. I will give Lamb's Pride a look see.

CLABBERS's picture

I've actually used the wool ease thick and quick yarn. In fact, it is what inspired me to think about making a heavier sweater/jacket for winter wear. It may just be what I should use. Thanks for the memory jog!

ulf's picture


Personally I would use a islandic yarn called Alafoss-lopi since I´m scandinavian. But thats me.

I can recommend Eskimo
I beleave it is sold in US too and makes bulky but soft sweaters