Knitting 114 Yarn Review

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Jeanette Sloan tries out the newest yarns for spring.

1. Debbie Bliss Luxury Silk DK

As its name suggests, Luxury Silk DK is an indulgently soft and incredibly strong yarn spun from 100% Mulberry silk. It's beautifully smooth to knit with and slips easily through the fingers and off the needles producing a highly lustrous fabric with wonderful drape and excellent stitch definition. With a standard tension of 22-24 sts and 28-30 rows it's also an extremely versatile yarn, which will knit to any standard DK patterns, although there is a brand new collection of 10 designs on offer in the Luxury Silk DK pattern book. There's a choice of 14 solid colours available including shade 02 Silver, shown here, as well as six printed shades, which knit up into colourful stripes. Hand washing is recommended.

Composition: 100% silk

Weight: 50g

Length: 100m

Rec needle size: 3.75-4mm

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

 

2. SMC Select Pearl

Pearl consists of a tubular knitted cotton base with a 'railroad' appearance through which
a flat, iridescent polyester tape is drawn. It's a lightweight yarn with a pearlescent glint (rather than overt sparkle) that knits up quickly on 9mm needles with a standard tension of 10 sts and 13 rows. The resulting fabric is irregularly textured with a touch of glamour and a slightly crisp handle that makes it ideal for use as an accent yarn or for making accessories. There are just five shades to choose from but each of them neutral enough to suit just about any wardrobe or home, including shade 02225 Cream, shown here. Hand washing is recommended.

 

Composition: 91% cotton,
9% polyester

Weight: 50g

Length: 42.5m

Rec needle size: 9mm

RRP: £5.25

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. Rowan Softknit Cotton

Softknit Cotton is a tubular knitted blend of 92% cotton and 8% polyamide. When knitted it produces a beautifully draping fabric with a velvety smooth handle that reminded me a little of Rowan's now discontinued Calmer yarn (but with less stretch). As it knits up so evenly it is ideal for a variety of structures from basic moss, stocking or garter stitches to highly textured cables. With a standard tension of 20 sts and 28 rows on a 4.5mm needle it is interchangeable with Rowan's Handknit Cotton, which means there's no shortage of patterns from which to choose. In addition a new book of patterns, the Softknit Collection, features 16 designs for men and women. There's a choice of 14 shades including shade 580 Marina, shown here. Cold machine washing on a gentle setting is recommended.

 

Composition: 92% cotton,
8% polyamide

Weight: 50g

Length: 105m

Rec needle size: 4.5mm

RRP: £5.50

Contact: Rowan

Green Lane Mill

Holmfirth

West Yorkshire

HD9 2DX

T: 01484 681881

E: mail@knitrowan.com

W: www.knitrowan.com

 

4. Rico Design Fashion Julia

Julia is another of this month's 'sparkle' yarns. It's an Aran weight blend of 98% cotton, which provides a matt contrast to the 2% acrylic filament that twists along the length of the yarn. It knits to produce a soft lightweight fabric with even, well defined stitches and, because the colour of the Lurex is matched to the cotton, the sparkle is understated, giving it a sophisticated edge. The standard tension for this yarn is 17 sts and 22 rows on 5mm needles and there are seven key colours to choose from including sh 02 Pink shown above. Hand washing is recommended.

 

Composition: 98% cotton,
2% acrylic

Weight: 50g

Length: 82m

Rec needle size: 5mm

RRP: £3.50

Contact: The Black Sheep

Partridge Lakes

Glaziers Lane

Culcheth

Warrington

WA3 4AQ

T: 01925 764231

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

 

5.Louisa Harding Mila

Mila is another of spring's new 'bling' yarns. It is a blend of 91% cotton and 9% polyester with a tubular construction in which the polyester filament is knitted into the yarn. It knits up relatively quickly on 5mm needles producing a soft, lightweight fabric with a dry handle and a standard tension of 18 sts and 26 rows. There's a choice of 12 delicious colours in the range including sh 10 Candy, shown here, and because the polyester is pearlescent rather than metallic the sparkle effect is subtle. Pattern support is available in the Mila pattern book, which features seven contemporary and feminine designs with style variations for each one also included. Hand washing at 30˚c is recommended.

 

Composition: 91% cotton,
9% polyester

Weight: 50g

Length: 100m

Rec needle size: 5mm

RRP: £7.95

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. King Cole Opium

Opium is an intriguingly textured slubby blend of 54% cotton,
42% acrylic and 4% polyamide. This uneven construction means that within a row the appearance of the knitting changes effortlessly from plump, dense stitches to loose open textures. It's also unusual because although it knits up quickly on a chunky sized needle, the resulting fabric is not only lightweight but airy, creating an irregularly textured lacy effect. There's a choice of 10 classic colours available including shade 193 Glacier, shown here, and pattern support is available in a collection of loose fitting ladies designs that include sweaters, boleros and cardigans from
King Cole. Gentle washing at 30˚c is recommended.

 

Composition: 54% cotton,
42% acrylic, 4% polyamide

Weight: 100g

Length: 250m

Rec needle size: 6mm

RRP: £4.99

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

 

7. Navia Trio

Trio is a high quality DK weight blend of Faroese wool, Shetland wool and Australian Lambswool. Produced by Navia, one of the major wool producers on the Faroe Islands, the yarn is exclusively imported into the UK by The Island Wool Company. It has a plied construction and a standard tension of 19 sts to 10cm so it's slightly heavier than a regular DK yarn and therefore an ideal yarn when making thicker sweaters, jackets and accessories such as socks and hats. There is an excellent range of colours to choose from; six natural undyed shades and 27 coloured shades including shade 320 mauve, shown here. Pattern support is available in a collection of specially commissioned patterns designed by Faroese designers with new designs regularly added to the website. Hand washing is recommended.

 

Composition: 100% pure new wool

Weight: 50g

Length: 120m

Rec needle size: 4.5mm

RRP: £5.10

Contact: The Island Wool Company
Bryngwyn Lodge
Wormelow
Hereford
HR2 HEQ 

T: 0845 2001162

W: www.islandwool.co.uk

 

8. Rico Design Essentials Cotton Lurex

We often associate Lurex-based yarns with Autumn/Winter but there's a growing trend for Spring/Summer shine as this is the first of many yarns with a 'sparkle' element this month. Essentials Cotton Lurex is a 4 ply weight blend of 97% cotton and 3% polyester with a standard tension of 24 sts and 32 rows. The fine filament of polyester gives the yarn the gentlest shimmer without affecting the soft handle of the yarn, making it ideal for both adult and children's garments whether you're knitting or crocheting. It is available in a palette of eight shades ranging from classic Black and bright Pink to subtle neutrals like Mousy and Light Blue shown above. Gentle machine washing at 40˚c is recommended.

 

Composition: 97% cotton, 3% polyester

Weight: 50g

Length: 170m

Rec needle size: 3mm

RRP: £3.50

Contact: The Black Sheep

Partridge Lakes

Glaziers Lane

Culcheth

Warrington

WA3 4AQ

T: 01925 764231

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

 

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