Yarn Review from Knitting 115, May 2013

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Jeanette Sloan tries out the newest yarns heading from spring to summer

1. Rico Design Fashion Romeo

1 Reco Design Fashion Romeo

Romeo is an Aran weight blend of 97% cotton and 3% acrylic. The fine acrylic filament that twists along the length of the yarn is threaded with tiny sequins adding a subtle touch of modern glamour to this easy-to-knit yarn. If knitted bling isn't normally your thing you'll be relieved to hear that the sequins are delicately scattered throughout the fabric when knitted and because they are self-coloured, shown in shade 002 Pink here, the effect is very understated. With a standard tension of 17 sts and 22 rows on 5mm needles it's interchangeable with Rico Design Fashion Julia and in fact has the same choice of colours, which means the two yarns can be combined within the same project. Hand washing is recommended.

 

Composition: 97% cotton, 3% acrylic

Weight: 50g

Length: 85m

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

 

2. Ruth and Belinda Silky

2 Ruth And Belinda Silky

Silky is a beautifully soft blend of 80% superfine Peruvian alpaca and 20% Mulberry silk. Silky is the perfect description for this yarn, as it has a wonderfully rich lustre and slips along smoothly as you knit. With regards to tension, there is no specific recommended needle size, which makes this yarn extremely versatile. It can be knitted on 4mm needles creating a dense, firm fabric (ideal for gloves) whilst using it for lace patterns on 9mm needles produces more fluid, open effects. As well as undyed, there are three key colours to choose from; Charcoal, Espresso and Honey, shown here. Pattern support for this yarn is available from Ruth & Belinda's website and includes small accessories like the brilliantly named 'Frilly La La Gloves' (where it's used with Light Silky) and larger projects like the 'Vortex Shrug'. Hand washing is recommended.

Composition: 80% superfine alpaca, 20% silk

Weight: 100g

Length: 166m

Rec needle size: 4-9mm depending on pattern

RRP: £13

Contact: Ruth and Belinda

82 Queens Road

Exeter

Devon

EX2 9EW

T: 01392 411700

E: info@ruthandbelinda.co.uk

W: www.ruthandbelinda.co.uk

 

3. SMC Catania Grande

3 SMC Catania Grande

Catania Grande is a high quality 100% cotton yarn that's been treated with a mercerised coating giving it a subtle sheen. The result is perfect for summer as it is quick to knit and cool to wear with good stitch definition and a standard tension of 16 sts and 22 rows.
It is available in a choice of 18 shades from gentle neutrals like Taupe and Linen to the vibrant Canary and Cyclamen, shown here. Pattern support can be
found in the Inspiration 050 booklet, which includes knitted sweaters and jackets for ladies and kids as well as crocheted accessories for the home. Gentle machine washing at 40˚c is recommended.

 

Composition: 100% cotton

Weight: 50g

Length: 63m

Rec needle size: 4-5mm

RRP: £3.75

Contact: Coats Crafts UK

Green Lane Mill

Holmfirth

West Yorkshire

HD9 2DX

T: 01484 681881

E: consumer.ccuk@coats.com

W: www.knitsmc.com

 

4. Performance Cotton Mate

4 Performance Cotton Mate

Cotton Mate is a beautifully soft blend of 50% cotton, 50% acrylic. It's a lightweight, well-rounded yarn with a gentle lustre that knits up smoothly on 3-3.25mm needles. It has a standard tension of 26 sts and 34 rows and gives great stitch definition whether used for plain, textured or lace stitches. This, combined with its wonderfully soft handle, makes it ideal for both adult and children's garments whether you're knitting or crocheting. There's a choice of 15 delicious solid shades from a buttery yellow and rich magenta to the refreshingly blue shade 0622, shown here, all of which complement the five printed shades of Cotton Mate Multi which knits to the same tension.

Gentle washing at 40˚c is recommended.

Composition: 50% cotton,
50% acrylic

Weight: 50g

Length: 150m

Rec needle size: 3-3.25mm

RRP: £1.53 for plain colours, £1.94 for printed jacquard

Contact: Performance Yarns

E: contact via the website

W: www.performance-yarnshop.com

 

5. The Little Knitting Company Cashmere and Yak

5 The Little Knitting Company Cashmere And Yak

Cashmere and Yak is an unusual and luxurious blend of 42% cashmere, 40% yak and 18% virgin wool. It's a gently twisted yarn with a beautifully soft handle, which, when knitted, produces an extremely lightweight fabric that works well for both plain and textured stitch structures. As a DK weight yarn it has a standard tension of 22 sts and 28 rows and a subtle tweed effect with tiny flecks of accent colours that enliven each shade. There are eight softly blended colours to choose from including Tibetan Gold, shown here, and with a generous metreage of 87m per 25g a pair of gloves can be knitted from as little as two balls. Hand washing is recommended.

 

Composition: 42% cashmere, 40% yak, 18% virgin wool

Weight: 25g

Length: 87m

Rec needle size: 3.75-4mm

RRP: £6.95

Contact: The Little Knitting Company
Unit 1, 27 High Street
Stanford in the Vale
Oxfordshire
SN7 8LH

T: 01367 710362

E: info@tlkc.co.uk

W: www.thelittleknittingcompany.co.uk

 

6. Noro Taiyo Sock Yarn

6 Noro Taiyo Sock Yarn

Taiyo Sock Yarn is a softly plied blend of 50% cotton, 17% wool, 17% nylon and
16% silk. As the name suggests, it is the sock weight version of Noro's very popular Taiyo yarn but this lighter weight version knits on a recommended needle size of 2.5-3mm. As you'd expect from Noro there are 12 intensely variegated shades available including shade 17, shown here, and each one knits up to create stunning self striping effects. As well as being ideal for knitting socks this yarn works equally well for crochet projects and patterns for both knitting and crochet can be found in Noro World of Nature no 33 and the latest collection Spring Into Summer. Hand washing is recommended.

 

Composition: 50% cotton, 17% wool, 17% nylon, 16% silk

Weight: 100g

Length: 420m

Rec needle size: 2.5-3mm

RRP: £15.95

Contact: Designer Yarns

Unit 8-10

Newbridge Industrial Estate

Pitt Street

Keighley

W Yorkshire

BD21 4PQ

T: 01535 664222

E: enquiries@designeryarns.uk.com

W: www.designeryarns.uk.com

 

7. SMC Select Solavita

7 SMC Select Solavita

Solavita is an Aran weight blend of 60% cotton and 40% acrylic and has an innovative construction. It's made up of a main knitted tube through which a second knitted tube is intriguingly attached resulting in a more stable (and therefore less stretchy) 'double' tape yarn. This clever construction combined with an unusual dyeing technique makes this a very sophisticated yarn, which knits up quickly with a standard tension of 17 sts and 26 rows. It's ideal for both knit and crochet designs and there are eight intensely variegated shades available including shade 02105 Fire, shown here. Pattern support can be found in the Moments 021 and Highlights 004 booklets, which include sweater, cardigan and accessory designs. Gentle washing at 30˚c is recommended.

 

Composition: 60% cotton, 40% acrylic

Weight: 50g

Length: 87.5m

Rec needle size: 5mm

RRP: £4.25

Contact: Coats Crafts UK

Green Lane Mill

Holmfirth

West Yorkshire

HD9 2DX

T: 01484 681881

E: consumer.ccuk@coats.com

W: www.knitsmc.com

 

8. Louisa Harding Jesse

8 Louisa Harding Jesse

Jesse has a plied construction and is made from 100% cotton. It's extremely strong with a cord-like feel and knits to a standard tension of 20 sts and 28 rows producing a firm fabric with well-defined stitches. There are echoes of the undyed cotton within each colour, producing white flecks throughout and this gives a 'worn' quality to each colour (think of an indigo-dyed denim yarn). There are 16 shades to choose from which are perfect for summer including shade 107 Violet, shown here. Pattern support can be found in the Jesse book of 13 designs including sweaters, boleros and cardigans. Hand washing is recommended.

 

Composition: 100% cotton

Weight: 50g

Length: 89m

Rec needle size: 4-4.5mm

RRP: £4.95

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

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