Yarn review from Knitting magazine issue 120, Autumn 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

Jeanette Sloan delves into more new yarns for autumn

1 Debbie Bliss Milano

1 Debbie Bliss Milano

Debbie Bliss Milano is a chunky weight blend of 40% wool, 28% nylon, 18% silk, 8% polyester and 6% acrylic. It has an intriguing construction with the colourful fibres twisted together at the heart of the yarn around which a fine synthetic binder is tightly wrapped. This gives the yarn a multi coloured tweedy effect which, when knitted, produces a firm fabric with a dry handle. There are 12 shades available in the range, from the intense purple/turquoise/yellow mix of shade 10 Grape to the rich nutty brown/orange/green tones of shade 04 Chestnut, shown here. Pattern support can be found in the Milano A/W booklet of women’s designs featuring sweaters, cardigans and jackets (price £7.95). Hand washing at 30˚c is recommended, though it may also be dry cleaned.

Composition: 40% wool, 28% nylon 18% silk, 8% polyester, 6% acrylic

Weight: 50g

Length: 95m

Rec needle size: 5mm

RRP: £6.95

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

 

2 Rowan Alpaca colour

2 Rowan Alpaca Colour

Rowan Alpaca Colour is a buttery soft roving yarn made from 100% Peruvian alpaca. It’s beautifully smooth to work with and knits to a standard DK tension producing a soft, lustrous fabric with well-defined stitches and a gentle blur. There are 10 intensely rich shades in the range, each of which grades from one tone to another, which when knitted up creates subtle banded colour effects. The sample shown here is knitted in shade 00141. Patterns for this yarn can be found in the Alpaca Colour booklet of 17 contemporary, easy-to-wear designs, which features textured, slashed and bobble techniques. Hand washing at 30˚c is recommended, though it can also be dry cleaned with care.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Composition: 100% Peruvian alpaca

Weight: 50g

Length: 120m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £7.50

Contact: Rowan
Green Lane Mill
Holmfirth
West Yorkshire
HD9 2DX

T: 01484 681881
E: mail@knitrowan.com
W: www.knitrowan.com

 

3 Louisa Harding Akiko

3 Louisa Harding Akiko

With a name that is Japanese for ‘born in the autumn’, Louisa Harding’s Akiko is the perfect yarn for those early autumn days. It’s an Aran weight blend of 70% wool and 30% alpaca that has a twisted construction and feels much softer than the percentage of alpaca would suggest. It is wonderfully accommodating to work with and works equally well for plain, lacy or cabled stitches. Design support featuring a variety of techniques can be found in the Akiko pattern booklet priced at £5.95. There are 16 colours in the range, which includes both solid and gentle melange shades like shade 2 Branch, shown here. Hand washing at 30˚c is recommended, though it may also be dry cleaned with care.

 

Composition: 70% wool, 30% alpaca

Weight: 50g

Length: 90m

Rec needle size: 5mm

RRP: £9.65

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

 

4 Mirasol Paqu Pura

4 Mirasol Paqu Pura

Paqu Pura is a very slightly twisted roving made from 100% Peruvian alpaca. As you’d expect this yarn is wonderfully soft to the touch and knits to a standard tension of 24 sts and 32 rows, producing a lightweight fabric with the subtlest haze for guaranteed warmth. There are several colours within each of the 10 shades available. Each shade grades gently from one colour to the next, meaning that whether you’re knitting plain or textured stitches the colour effect is effortless, as you can see here in shade 3131 Galapagos. Patterns for this yarn can be found in a collection of Mirasol pattern leaflets priced at £2 each. Hand washing at 30˚c is recommended, though it can also be dry cleaned.

Composition: 100% Peruvian alpaca

Weight: 100g

Length: 300m

Rec needle size: 3.25mm

RRP: £12.95

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

 

5 Stylecraft Alpaca DK

5 Stylecraft Alpaca DK (1)

Stylecraft Alpaca DK is a softly spun blend of 80% acrylic and 20% alpaca. It has a tweedy appearance and hairy texture that knits up to a standard DK tension producing an extremely lightweight but warm fabric. There’s a broad palette of 10 colours to choose from including the rich, dark tones of shade 6019 Bark, shown here, and there is plenty of design support available in a range of 16 designs for ladies, kids and teenagers. Patterns retail at around £3 each. Machine washing at 30˚c is recommended, though it may also be tumble dried on a cool setting or dry cleaned.

Composition: 80% acrylic, 20% alpaca

Weight: 100g

Length: 240m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £4.15

Contact: Stylecraft Ltd

PO Box 62
Goulbourne Street
Keighley
West Yorkshire
BD21 1PP

T: 01535 609798
E: general@stylecraftltd.co.uk
W: www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk

 

6 Schachenmayr Original Avelta

6 Schachenmayr Original Avelita

Avelita is a plied blend of 60% acrylic, 26% wool and 14% polyester. The synthetic filament at its centre gives this chunky yarn a springy texture whilst the fine metallic filament that twists along its length adds a touch of glamour. Although it knits on large needles with a standard tension of 9 sts and 15 rows, the resulting fabric is actually very light providing warm, bulky knits without unnecessary weight. There’s a choice of 10 classic shades available including the deep, juicy red shade 00132 Burgundy, the shocking and intense turquoise of shade 00165 Glacier and the spicy shade 00112 Cayenne, shown here. Machine washable at 30˚c on a wool cycle is recommended, though may also be dry cleaned with care.

Composition: 60% acrylic, 26% wool, 14% polyester

Weight: 50g

Length: 42m

Rec needle size: 10-12mm

RRP: £3.95

Contact: Coats Crafts
Green Lane Mill
Holmfirth
West Yorkshire
HD9 2DX

T: 01484 681881
E: consumer.ccuk@coats.com
W: www.coatscrafts.co.uk

 

7 Noro Shiro

7 Noro Shiro

Noro Shiro is a gently twisted sophisticated blend of 40% wool, 30% cashmere and 30% silk. It has a slight unevenness to it, but not enough to class it as a slub, that adds textural interest to this soft and springy yarn. It knits to a standard tension of around 17 sts and 25 rows on a 4-4.5mm needle producing a soft, dense fabric with a gently felted handle and neatly formed stitches. As you’d expect from Noro there’s a choice of eight striking shades to choose from including the lime/tan/brown combination of shade 3, shown here. Pattern support is available in the Sweet Winter booklet of ladies’ garments and accessory designs which is priced at £7.95. Dry clean only.

Composition: 40% wool, 30% cashmere, 30% silk

Weight: 50g

Length: 125m

Rec needle size: 4-4.5mm

RRP: £17.95

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

 

8 Sirdar Giselle

8 Sirdar Giselle

Giselle is an Aran weight blend of 43% wool, 43% acrylic and 14% polyester. It has a plied construction with two contrasting tones twisted together along with a fine metallic thread. This gives the yarn a tweedy appearance that has gradual changes in tone as it knits, with the tiny nupps of metallic fibre adding flashes of interest to the knitted fabric. There is a choice of eight shades available ranging from the steel cool greys of shade 130 Stardust to the ochre/brown/copper mix of shade 132 Chestnut, shown here. Pattern support is available in a selection of leaflets that feature ladies’ sweaters, cardigans and waistcoat designs – some of the garments are also sized for children – as well as accessories. Gentle washing at 40˚c is recommended, though it can also be dry cleaned with care.

Composition: 43% wool, 43% acrylic, 14% polyester

Weight: 50g

Length: 95m

Rec needle size: 5mm

RRP: £4.46

Contact: Sirdar
Flanshaw Lane
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF2 9ND

T: 01924 371501
E: enquiries@sirdar.co.uk
W: www.sirdar.co.uk

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