Yarn Review Issue 109

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Jeanette Sloan tests the latest autumn yarns.

Lang Arenas

Lang Arenas is a superchunky roving yarn that blends 53% wool and 47% acrylic. It has an overtwisted appearance that varies from thick to thin along its length and this creates an uneven textural interest when knitted. It's extremely soft, lightweight and knits up in no time on big needles with a standard tension of 7 stitches and 11 rows. There are different tones of colour within each of the nine shades, including shade 75 Rust shown here, and this creates a subtle grading effect in the finished fabric. Patterns for this yarn have an easy-to-wear feel and can be found in the Fatto a Mano 190 Collection. Gentle machine washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 53% wool, 47% acrylic

Weight: 100g

Length: 65m

Rec needle size: 10-12mm

RRP: £8.95

Contact: Art Yarn

10 High Street

Pointin

Sleaford

Lincolnshire

NG34 0LX

Tel: 01529 240510

Website: www.artyarn.co.uk

  

Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran

Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran is made from 100% British wool from the highly prized Blue Faced Leicester breed, which means it's not only soft but has a wonderful lustre that enriches every shade. It slips smoothly through the fingers as you knit and has excellent stitch definition which makes it ideal for numerous stitch patterns from moss stitch and cables to twisted rib structures. As you'd expect from Debbie Bliss there is a beautiful range of 16 classic shades to choose from, including shade 009 Fuchsia shown here, and patterns can be found in the Blue Faced Leicester Aran booklet (RRP £7.95). Machine washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 100% Blue Faced Leicester wool

Weight: 50g

Length: 75m

Rec needle size: 5mm

RRP: £5.95

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

 

Patons Fab Big Colour

Patons Fab Big Colour is a 100% acrylic super chunky yarn with lots of different tones that create a variegated colour when knitted. It comes in a 200g ball and knits up quickly on 10mm needles with lightweight results. With a standard tension of 8 stitches and 12 rows to 10cm it is an ideal yarn for both new knitters and those looking to whip up a last minute gift. One ball is enough to knit a scarf and the ball band helpfully includes instructions for a generously sized loop scarf. There are eight shades available, including shade 0082 Pink Mix shown here, and additional pattern support can be found in the Sportive Winter Accessories in Fab Big and Fab Big Colour booklet. Machine washing at 40ºc is recommended.

Composition: 100% acrylic

Weight: 200g

Length: 120m

Rec needle size: 10mm

RRP: £6.95

Contact: Patons

Coats Crafts UK

Green Lane Mill

Holmfirth

West Yorkshire

HD9 2DX

Tel: 01484 68 881

Email: consumer.ccuk@coats.com

Website: www.coatscrafts.co.uk

 

Bergere de France Duvetine

Duvetine is a chunky roving yarn that blends 75% acrylic, 19% polyamide and 8% polyester. It has a gently flecked appearance and knits up quickly on 6.5mm needles to produce a soft fabric with great stitch definition. As the 'duvet' in the name suggests it's extremely warm but lightweight and has an excellent metreage of 70m per 50g ball. There are eight frosted colours to choose from, including shade 290.951 Tomette shown here. In terms of design support there are plenty of inspiring patterns for ladies and men in the Creations Catalogue 2012/2013 booklet that RRPs at £7. Gentle washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 75% acrylic, 19% polyamide, 8% polyester

Weight:50g

Length: 70m

Rec needle size: 6.5mm

RRP: £3.15

Contact:

Bergere de France

Email: hello@bergeredefrance.com

Website: www.bergeredefrance.co.uk  

 

Rowan Tumble

Rowan Tumble is an unusual yarn both in terms of blend and construction. Short alpaca fibres are flattened and held together by a fine cotton chain stitch that runs down the centre and gives the yarn a chenille-like appearance. The result is lightweight with a gently blurred look. It has a wonderfully soft handle and knits up quickly on 12mm needles. There's a limited range of six colours to choose from but as you'd expect from Rowan they're all well chosen and will suit all tastes. The juicy Cherry, shade 563, is shown here. Patterns for this yarn including oversized scarves, wristwarmers and sweaters can be found in the Tumble booklet, which is priced at around £5.95. Cold hand washing is recommended.

Composition: 90% alpaca, 10% cotton

Weight: 100g

Length: 70m

Rec needle size: 12mm

RRP: £11.50

Contact: Rowan

Green Lane Mill

Holmfirth

West Yorkshire

HD9 2DX

Tel: 01484 681881

Email: mail@knitrowan.com

Website: www.knitrowan.com

 

King Cole Shades

King Cole Shades is a well balanced blend of 54% acrylic, 31% viscose and 15% wool. It has a twisted construction with intense variegated colouring and the viscose filament that twists along the length of the yarn adds a flash of bright contrast. It has an excellent metreage of 292m per 100g ball and is very durable due to the high acrylic content whilst the viscose content helps to give a great drape. The yarn knits up to give a slight tweed effect and there are eight intense colours to choose from, including shade 186 Volcano shown here. It knits to a standard DK tension and patterns for sweaters and cardigans can be found in a collection of loose leaflets each priced at £2.99. Gentle washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 54% acrylic, 31% viscose, 15% wool

Weight:100g

Length: 292m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £5.05

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

 

Mirasol Api

A gently twisted slub yarn, Mirasol Api blends 50% alpaca with 50% Highland wool. The resulting yarn is lustrous, smooth to work with and knits up with slight textural irregularities due the slub, which creates an interesting and tactile fabric. Each of the eight colours contrasts light and dark tones, which gives the knitted fabric a tweed effect and there are intense shades, like shade 2305 Fiery Fuchsia shown here, as well as more neutral tones. There's a book of supporting designs in the Mirasol Book #29 designed by Jane Ellison. The collection of ladies' projects includes small fashion accessories and loose fitting sweaters as well as more structured cabled jackets. Hand washing is recommended

Composition: 50% alpaca 50% Highland wool

Weight: 50g

Length: 110m

Rec needle size: 5-6mm

RRP: £6.95

Contact: Designer Yarns Ltd

Units 8-10

Newbridge Industrial Estate

Pitt Street

Keighley

West Yorkshire

BD21 4PQ

Tel: 01535 664 222

Email: enquiries@designeryarns.uk.com

Website: www.designeryarns.uk.com

 

Rico Fashion Glitz

Fashion Glitz is one of a host of new Rico yarns with a sparkle to it for autumn. An ultra light blend of 82% mohair, 16% wool and 2% metallic polyester that twists along the length of the yarn, giving it a subtle, elegant sparkle. It knits to a standard tension of 13 sts and 18 rows on 6mm needles to create a lightweight fabric that's warm, soft and voluminous. There is a palette of six classic shades available including Cream, Black, Salmon and Yellow, shown here, and it is perfect for ladies' full garments as well as accessories. Hand washing is recommended.

Composition: 82% mohair 16% wool 2% polyester

Weight: 50g

Length: 154m

Rec needle size: 6mm

RRP: £5.99

Contact: The Black Sheep

Partridge Lakes

Glaziers Lane

Culcheth

Warrington

WA3 4AQ

Tel: 01925 764231

Website: www.blacksheepwools.co.uk or www.rico-design.co.uk

 

Rico Fashion Starlight Chunky

Starlight Chunky is another sparkly yarn fro Rico for the autumn/winter season. A blend of 36% new wool, 30% acrylic, 26% polyamide and 8% polyester, at the centre of the yarn is an ultra fine knitted tube made from metallic thread through which the wool and acrylic fibres are pulled, giving the yarn the subtlest shimmer. Each of the six softly variegated shades has a felted appearance and a light, soft handle. The knitted swatch here shows the subtle changes from purple to deep red of shade 006 Fuchsia whilst other shades include 002 Saffron, a golden yellow/beige mix, and 005 Anthracite, a black/grey mix. With such a reasonable RRP and an excellent metreage of 150m per 50g ball this is an economy yarn with a luxury look - and a sweater can be knitted from just 300g. Hand washing is recommended.

Composition: 36% new wool, 30% acrylic, 26% polyamide, 8% polyester

Weight: 50g

Length: 150m

Rec needle size: 7mm

RRP: £4.99

Contact: The Black Sheep

Partridge Lakes

Glaziers Lane

Culcheth

Warrington

WA3 4AQ

Tel: 01925 764231

Website: www.blacksheepwools.co.uk or www.rico-design.co.uk

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