My love/hate relationship with acrylic yarn is one of the oddities of my wool-filled life. I use it for things that I know will be used hard and knocked around some. One of my favorites is this shrug that I did several years back in Caron Simply Soft Shadows - from the ball band pattern, modified with a deeper ribbing band.
|Shrug in Caron Simply Soft Shadows|
|Front view of shrug|
Then there is the other side of the acrylic equation... the not so happy stuff. Usually this involves chenille or boucle yarns. I love the look, but the actual knitting is a different story. With high hopes (and no sense, apparently) I charged into an afghan. Double stranded with blocks of stockinette and garter stitch with a zigzag edge (also a ball band pattern). Thought it would be an easy no-brainer kind of knitting. That didn't turn out to be the case at all! It tangles, snarls and basically misbehaves all the way through the process - although it does look pretty nice:
|Afghan started with whopper ball of boucle|
|Viking vest - front view|
|Viking vest - back view|