Yarn Review Issue 108

Monday, October 8, 2012

Jeanette Sloan looks at this season's new yarns.

1. Araucania Puelo

If you're looking for something unusual in a luxury yarn then you'll love Araucania Puelo.  Made from 100% llama fibre, it is extremely soft with a gentle lustre and wonderful warmth. It slips easily through the fingers and along the needles as you knit creating neatly defined stitches and a smooth fabric with excellent drape. Rather than being dyed in conventional dye lots the yarn's colour effect is created by hand painting. You should bear this in mind when using it for larger projects and avoid any obvious colour banding by alternating rows from two different hanks throughout. It knits to a DK tension of 23 sts and there's a choice of 10 rich shades available, including shade 1967 shown above. Hand washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 100% llama

Weight: 100g

Length: 220m

Rec needle size: 3.5mm

RRP: £9.95

Contact: Designer Yarns Ltd

Units 8-10

Newbridge Industrial Estate

Pitt Street

Keighley

West Yorkshire

BD21 4PQ

Tel: 01535 664222

Email: enquiries@designeryarns.uk.com

Website: www.designeryarns.uk.com

2. Bergere de France Pur Merino Français

Pur Merino Français is made from 100% wool sourced from the French Merino sheep breed farmed in the Arles region of southern France. It's a strong, springy yarn that knits to a standard tension of 22 sts and 28 rows with extremely even and soft results. As well as being hardwearing it's also easy on sensitive skins and with an excellent value RRP, it's a yarn that can be used for every member of the family. There are patterns for both men and women in the Creations Catalogue 2012/2013 with a (size M) ladies sweater taking around 11 balls and a (size L) men's sweater taking around 13. The choice of 13 classic colours available includes shade 29137 Brique, shown here, and hand washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 100% Merino wool

Weight: 50g

Length: 120 m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £5.95

Contact:

Email: hello@bergeredefrance.com

Website: www.bergeredefrance.co.uk

 

3.  SMC Aventica Supreme

SMC's Aventica Supreme has a chainette construction with slight irregularities that create soft bumps of textural interest when the yarn is knitted up. The blend of 45% acrylic, 25% wool, 20% alpaca and 10% polyamide gives the yarn a luxurious warmth with a hint of stretch but not so much that it drastically affects your tension as you knit. The fibre combination also gives a gentle heathered look to each of the eight shades in the range, which includes the lush green/greys of 070 Forest Mix, shown here. There are designs for both men and women in the Inspirations 042 booklet, including sweaters, jackets and a poncho as well as accessories like hats and scarves. It can also be used for the existing Inspirations 001 collection of children's patterns that use SMC's Aventica, which knits to the same tension. Gentle machine washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 45% acrylic, 25% wool, 20% alpaca, 10% polyamide

Weight: 50g

Length: 120m

Rec needle size: 6-7mm

RRP: £4.25

Contact: Coats Crafts UK

Green Lane Mill

Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

England, HD9 2DX

Tel: 01484 681881

Email: consumer.ccuk@coats.com

Website: www.knitsmc.com

 

4. Louisa Harding Orielle

Another beautiful addition to the Louisa Harding range, Orielle is a luxurious blend of 97% alpaca and 3% polyester. The polyester adds a metallic shimmer to the yarn making it perfect for elegant daywear or glamorous eveningwear. If bling normally isn't your thing, don't worry the sparkle in the yarn is very understated and unlike some yarns with a metallic content it doesn't affect the yarns ultra soft handle. There's a choice of 16 colours in the range including gentle pastels and deep autumnal tones such as Umbria, shown here. Pattern support can be found in the Orielle booklet of 14 elegant designs that includes sweaters, cardis and capes as well as a hat and scarf. Hand washing is recommended.

Composition: 97% alpaca, 3% polyester

Weight: 50g

Length: 110m

Rec needle size: 3.75 - 4mm

RRP: £7.95

Contact: Designer Yarns Ltd

Units 8-10

Newbridge Industrial Estate

Pitt Street

Keighley

West Yorkshire

BD21 4PQ

Tel: 01535 664222

Email: enquiries@designeryarns.uk.com

Website: www.designeryarns.uk.com

 

5. King Cole Gypsy Superchunky

Gypsy is an 80% acrylic, 20% wool roving wrapped with an ultrafine binder. It's an ideal choice if you're looking to make quick winter projects as it knits up in no time on 10mm needles. With a standard tension of 12 sts and 14 rows, the resulting fabric is soft and lightweight with flecks of the neutral coloured binder travelling along the length of the multi tonal yarn. There are 10 shades available, including shade 83 Oatmeal shown here, and there are eight patterns to support it; four adult designs, two for kids plus two accessory designs. Gentle washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 80% acrylic, 20% wool

Weight: 100g

Length: 92m

Rec needle size: 10mm

RRP: £3.99

Contact:

King Cole

Merrie Mills

Elliott Street

Keighley

West Yorkshire

BD20 0DE

Tel: 01535 650230

Email: info@kingcole.co.uk

Website: www.kingcole.co.uk

 

6. SMC Select Apiretto

Apiretto is a lightweight blend of 55% polyamide, 35% Superwash Merino and 10% angora. The yarn has a blurred appearance and slightly felted texture and knits up quickly to create a soft and cosy fabric. It has a standard tension of 14 sts and 22 rows on 5-5.5mm needles and each of the 15 pastel shades in the range emphasises the delicate handle of the yarn. The shade shown here is 08172 Sage. Designs for both garments and accessories, which include a loop edged cowl and a cabled sweater, can be found in the Moments 016 brochure. Gentle machine washing on a wool cycle at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 55% polyamide, 35% Superwash Merino, 10% angora

Weight: 50g

Length: 105 m

Rec needle size: 5 - 5.5mm

RRP: £5.95

Contact: Coats Crafts UK

Green Lane Mill

Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

England, HD9 2DX

Tel:01484 681881

Email: consumer.ccuk@coats.com

Website: www.knitsmc.com

7. Rowan British Sheep Breeds Fine Boucle

This new yarn for autumn has a classic boucle construction and a beautifully soft handle. As a new addition to Rowan's British Sheep Breed range it is a blend of 91% British wool and 9% nylon and although densely textured is extremely lightweight when knitted up on 5.5mm needles. Available in a select range of four neutral shades, including shade 319 Masham Stripe shown here, design support is available in the Wintertide pattern booklet which is priced at £8.50. Designed by Martin Storey the patterns include a short crossover cardigan, a chunky cable sweater and a warm cosy jacket and each of them has an easy to wear style. Hand washing at 40˚c is recommended.

Composition: 91% British wool, 9% nylon

Weight: 50g

Length: 100m

Rec needle size: 5.5mm

RRP: £5.25

Contact:

Rowan

Green Lane Mill

Holmfirth

West Yorkshire

HD9 2DX

Tel: 01484 681881

Email: mail@knitrowan.com

Website: www.knitrowan.com

 

8. Rico Fashion Nature DK

Fashion Nature DK is a great budget yarn that blends 80% acrylic with 10% wool, 5% alpaca and 5% viscose. This blend makes it a highly durable yarn with an element of softness provided by the natural fibre content that knits up very evenly on 4mm needles. It's great value for money and because of the high synthetic content the knitted fabric feels much lighter than a wool or cotton yarn of the same thickness. At 233m per 50g it has an excellent metreage and as it knits to a tension of 22 sts and 30 rows it can be used for any standard DK pattern. There is a choice of 10 easy to wear natural shades, including shade 007 Terra shown here. Gentle machine washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 80% acrylic, 10% wool, 5% alpaca, 5% viscose

Weight: 50g

Length: 233m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £2.75

Contact: Crafty Yarn

Tel: 01793 855535

Email: info@crafty-yarn.co.uk

Website: www.crafty-yarn.co.uk or www.rico-design.co.uk

 

9. Wendy Roam Fusion

Roam Fusion is a new 4ply sock yarn from Wendy that blends 75% wool and 25% nylon. It comes in a lively palette of five multi-coloured shades created by the clever combination of bright and graded colours twisted together. Shown here  in shade 2020 Coast, it has a generous metreage of 400m which means there's enough yarn in the 100g ball for an adult size pair of socks. With good stitch definition and a gently graded tweed effect it's a versatile yarn that can be used for much larger 4ply projects plus Superwash treating the wool means that it's also easy to care for. Gentle machine washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 75% Superwash wool, 25% nylon

Weight: 100g

Length: 400m

Rec needle size: 3.25mm

RRP: £7.75

Contact: Thomas Ramsden Group

Netherfield Road

Guisley

West Yorkshire

LS20 9PD

Tel: 01943 872264

Email: sales@tbramsden.co.uk

Website: www.tbramsden.co.uk

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