Yarn Review from K122, November 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Jeanette Sloan tries out the latest yarns in rich autumnal shades

1. King Cole

Shine DK

1 King Cole Shine DK

Shine DK is a multicoloured blend of 97% premium acrylic and 3% polyester. It has a plied construction with the fine polyester filament twisted throughout the length of the yarn, which gives it a gentle sparkle that really brings it to life. It’s extremely strong and knits up to a standard DK tension producing a firm, lightweight fabric with deep bands of rich colour, which grade gently from one shade into the next. It’s available in a choice of six lively shades from the graphic black, white and grey tones of shade 137 Quicksilver to the hot, intense tones of shade 141, shown here. Gentle washing at 30°c is recommended but do not iron.

 

Composition: 97% premium acrylic, 3% polyester

Weight: 100g

Length: 282m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £4.79

Contact: King Cole

Merrie Mills

Elliott Street

Keighley

West Yorkshire

BD20 0DE

T: 01535 650230

E: info@kingcole.co.uk 

W: www.kingcole.co.uk

 

2. Schachenmayr

Original Boston Style

2 Schachenmayr Original Boston Style

Boston Style is a super chunky blend of acrylic, polyester and wool. It has a plied construction achieved by twisting a multicoloured, textured yarn around a solid coloured base. The result is a gently twisted yarn that knits to a standard tension of 12 sts and 18 rows on 7-8 mm needles creating an irregular but subtle tweed effect. The knitted fabric is bulky without being heavy with plump, rounded stitches and a soft, springy handle. As it knits to the same tension as the solid coloured Boston yarn there is already pattern support available but new patterns for both can be found in the Inspiration 060 Boston & BostonStyle booklet which features a collection of trendy, relaxed designs for women and children. It is available in a well-balanced palette of 12 shades ranging from neutral ecru, black and grey-based colours to bright reds, citrus green and the rich autumnal tones of shade 00525 Terracotta shown above. Gentle washing at 30°c is recommended but do not iron.

 

Composition: 42% acrylic, 39% polyester, 19% wool

Weight: 50g

Length: 60m

Rec needle size: 7-8mm

RRP: £3.25

Contact: Coats Crafts UK

Green Lane Mill, Holmfirth

West Yorkshire  HD9 2DX

T: 01484 681881

E: consumer.ccuk@coats.com

W: www.knitsmc.com

 

3. King Cole

The Ultimate Super Chunky

3 King Cole The Ultimage Super Chunky

The Ultimate Super Chunky is a blend of premium acrylic and wool where two shades of the fibre blend are knitted up into a tube creating a lightweight but mega chunky chainette yarn. The result is a soft tubular structure that feels bouncy as it passes through your fingers but firms up once knitted into secure, fat stitches that produce a dense and extremely warm fabric. Each of the eight self-striping shades in the range has a rich depth of colour that makes this yarn great fun to knit as each successive row reveals the next change in the colourway and with a recommended needle size of 12mm it’s bound to be a hit with new knitters. Pattern support can be found in a collection of single leaflets which feature simply shaped garments as well as small accessories like scarves, bags and legwarmers. Shown here in shade 570 Rainbow, hand washing at 30°c is recommended but do not iron.

 

Composition: 70% premium acrylic, 30% wool

Weight: 100g

Length: 38m

Rec needle size: 12mm

RRP: £3.45

Contact: King Cole

Merrie Mills, Elliott Street

Keighley

West Yorkshire  BD20 0DE

T: 01535 650230

E: info@kingcole.co.uk 

W: www.kingcole.co.uk

 

4. Bergere de France

Pure Doucer

4 Bergere De France Pure Doucer

Pure Doucer is a elegant blend of mohair, polyamide and wool, making up part of Bergere’s newly rebranded Premium collection. Although it knits to an Aran weight with a standard tension of 19 sts and 24 rows it is wonderfully lightweight with softly blurred stitches and, despite its delicate appearance, the knitted fabric is strong and airily soft when worn next to the skin. It has a fantastic metreage of 250m per 50g ball making it excellent value for money with a cabled sweater needing as little as six balls. If you like the idea of lace knitting but are put off by fine weights this yarn also works well for intricate lace structures with enough yarn in just a couple of balls for small gift knits like a lacy cowl. There are 10 classic shades to choose from including the ruby red tones of shade 29458 Bourgogne, shown here. Pattern support can be found in the Creations 13/14 pattern book priced at £12 (great value as it also includes patterns for the new Goomy 50). Hand washing is recommended, may also be dry cleaned with care but do not iron.

 

Composition: 58% mohair, 37% polyamide, 5% wool

Weight: 50g

Length: 250m

Rec needle size: 4.5mm

RRP: £9.95

Contact: Bergere de France

E: hello@bergeredefrance.co.uk

W: www.bergeredefrance.co.uk

 

5. Mirasol

Sami

5 Mirasol Sami

With a name that means ‘happiness’ or ‘energy’ in the Quechua language, Mirasol Sami is a 100% wool yarn that is so gently twisted it looks more like a single ply yarn. It’s a smooth DK weight that brings together complimentary tones creating a self striping yarn with a long repeat which produces gently graded bands of colour when knitted up. The resulting fabric is dense and warm with well-defined stitches and a standard tension of 22 sts and 28 rows. Pattern support can be found in a collection of eight single leaflets for women that feature classic, easy-to-wear shapes with stylish design details. There’s a choice of eight shades including shade 3004 Meridian shown above. Hand washing is recommended, may also be dry cleaned.

 

Composition: 100% wool

Weight: 100g

Length: 200m

Rec needle size: 4mm 

RRP: £9.95

Contact: Designer Yarns Ltd

Units 8–10

Newbridge Industrial Estate

Pitt Street, Keighley

West Yorkshire

BD21 4PQ

T: 01535 664222

E: enquiries@designeryarns.uk.com 

W: www.designeryarns.uk.com

 

6. Rico

Wild Wild Wool Print

6 Rico Wild Wild Wool

Wild Wild Wool is a new fashion-focused brand from Rico, which is aimed at new and beginner knitters. The super chunky is a plump blend of acrylic, polyamide and wool that has a chainette construction, lightly felted handle and gentle lustre due to the polyamide content. It’s a very satisfying yarn to work with as it knits up easily and quickly on 10mm needles producing a soft, lightweight fabric with a subtle graded colour effect. With 120m on each 100g ball the yarn offers great value for money for those keeping an eye on the pennies. There are eight solid and seven ‘print’ shades to choose from including the intense print shade 005 Rust, shown here. As well as being available to buy through regular yarn stores Rico are planning to use the yarn for an exclusive collection of kit projects, so keep an eye on the website for more details as well as free pattern downloads. Gentle washing at 30°c is recommended but do not iron.

 

Composition: 78% acrylic,
17% polyamide, 5% wool

Weight: 100g

Length: 120m

Rec needle size: 10mm

RRP: £5.99

Contact: Hulu Crafts

T: 01548 831911

W:  www.hulucrafts.co.uk
or www.rico-design.co.uk

 

7. Bergere de France

Goomy 50

7 Bergere De France Goomy 50

Goomy 50 is a new yarn from Bergere for autumn. An extremely durable blend of 75% wool and 25% polyamide, it has been specially treated to make it resistant to both friction and machine-washing, which makes it very easy to care for. It is available in six printed shades, which create a marled stripe effect when knitted, in addition to eight solid shades that offer a bold contrast when the two are combined in the same project. Shade 29604 Imprim Rose is shown here. This versatile yarn knits to a standard tension of 32 sts and 41 rows on 2.5mm needles and is ideal for numerous projects from hats and socks to full-sized garments. Pattern support can be found in the Creations 13/14 pattern book. Gentle washing at 30°c is recommended.

 

Composition: 75% wool,
25% polyamide

Weight: 50g

Length: 215m

Rec needle size: 2.5mm

RRP: £3.95

Contact: Bergere de France

E: hello@bergeredefrance.co.uk

W: www.bergeredefrance.co.uk

 

8. Rowan

Thick ‘n’ Thin

8 Rowan Thick N Thin

Another new one from Rowan for autumn, as its name suggests Thick ‘n’ Thin is a gently twisted 100% wool slub yarn with a smooth finish. This irregularity in the yarn’s width gives the knitted fabric a characteristically uneven texture creating pools of fat and fine stitches, which can also disguise any glitches in your knitting if your tension isn’t quite perfect. With a standard tension of 10 sts and 13 rows it knits up quickly, which together with the colour palette and usual Rowan styling means it’s bound to appeal to young, style-conscious knitters. There are 10 shades to choose from including five solid and five variegated options including shade 960 Pyrite, shown here, and pattern support can be found in the Thick ‘n’ Thin Design Collection designed by Sarah Hatton. The book features 15 Winter accessories designs that show off the yarn to its best advantage. Cold hand washing is recommended, may also be dry cleaned with care.

 

Composition: 100% wool

Weight: 50g

Length: 50m

Rec needle size: 9mm

RRP: £5.50

Contact: Rowan

Green Lane Mill, Holmfirth

West Yorkshire

HD9 2DX

T: 01484 681881

E: mail@knitrowan.com

W: www.knitrowan.com

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