Yarn Review Issue 105

Monday, October 8, 2012

Jeanette Sloan looks a the latest new season yarns.

1. Rico Baby Cotton Soft Print DK

As its name suggests Rico's Baby Cotton Soft Print is a printed version of the Baby Cotton Soft DK which offers the same 50% cotton/50% acrylic blend but in a range of nine variegated shades. Being a baby yarn the colours are a little more restrained, ranging from the subtle Grey Mix and Biscuit mix to the classic Denim mix and the more vibrant Pink mix, shown here. It has the softness and handle of a classic cotton yarn but importantly with the added appeal of being both light and easy care for as it is machine washable on a gentle cycle at 30˚c. It knits to a standard DK tension so can easily be used to update classic designs that you may already have in your pattern library. There is also pattern support available in The Little Rico Baby Knitting Booklet in Rico Baby Cotton Soft Print DK, which features 15 designs for babies ages 0 to 24 months.

Composition: 50% cotton, 50% acrylic

Weight: 50g

Length: 125m

Rec needle size: 3.5-4mm

RRP: £2.70

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

2. Shreya Silk Queen Lace

Shreya Silk Queen Lace is a lustrous and luxurious lace weight yarn made from three ends of 100% Mulberry silk twisted together. It knits up smoothly with a slightly dry handle on 2.75 mm needles with excellent stitch definition so it's perfect for decorative lace structures although it works equally well for plain stocking stitch fabrics which are enlivened by the variations of each colourway.

The yarn is hand dyed exclusively for Luxury Yarns with a choice of four random or semi solid shades; pale multicoloureds, red/orange/pink, pink/blues/purples and shade 003 blues, shown here. If none of these appeals, as an extra temptation owner Abby Parkes can create a bespoke colourway specifically for you - just contact her through the website. Hand washing in cool water is recommended.

Composition: 100% mulberry silk

Weight: 100g

Length: 750-800m

Rec needle size: 2.75mm

RRP: £12.50

Contact: Luxury Yarns

Tel: 020 8742 3430

 

Website: www.luxuryyarns.co.uk

 

 

3. Stylecraft Breeze

Breeze is a lightweight blend of 45% polyamide, 30% cotton and 25% premium acrylic. It's a loosely twisted yarn that knits as a standard DK yarn creating a soft fabric with a dry handle. There is a well selected colour palette of five gentle shades including shade 8633 Coral, shown here, which means there is bound to be something to tempt knitters looking to knit something summery.

Design support is in the form of six ladies' patterns including a long line cardigan (no 8626) and a cable and bobble sweater (no 8628) which takes between eight and 13 balls. Pattern leaflets are priced at £2.99 and machine washing at 30˚c is recommended

Composition: 45% polyamide, 30% cotton, 25% premium acrylic

Weight: 50g

Length: 127m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £2.59

Contact: Stylecraft

PO Box 62

Goulbourne Street

Keighley

West Yorkshire

BD21 1PP

Tel: 01535 609 798

Email: general@stylecraftltd.co.uk

Website: www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk

 

 

4. King Cole Cottonsoft DK

 

Cottonsoft DK is a great 100% cotton value yarn. It knits up smoothly with well-defined stitches and, importantly when knitting for babies and toddlers, it is very soft to the touch. It knits to a standard DK tension and is available in a range of 10 classic shades, including shade 718 Saxe shown here. Pattern support featuring both ladies and babies patterns combined with a generous metreage of 210m per 100g and a very reasonable RRP means this yarn should appeal far beyond just baby knitters. There are currently eight children's designs and four ladies' patterns availablein leaflet form. Machine washable at 40˚c is recommended

Composition: 100% cotton

Weight: 100g

Length: 210m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £4.49

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

 

5. Gomitoli's Big Cashmere

Big Cashmere is a luxuriously chunky 100% cashmere handspun yarn. It is produced entirely in Italy and knits up quickly on 5.5mm needles, working equally well for knitting plain or textured fabrics. There is a choice of eight colours; six classic shades including White, shown here, plus two fashion colours; Red and Violet. Non-specific pattern support is currently available although the yarn is featured in a Pillow Kit available from the Gomitoli's website which takes up to six balls. Hand washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 100% cashmere

Weight: 50g

Length: 80m

Rec needle size: 5.5mm

RRP: €17.20

Contact: Gomitoli's

Tel: 0039 27 446 0574

Email: info@gomitolis.it

Website: www.gomitolis.it

 

 

6. Lang Samea

Samea is a flammé yarn constructed of a matt slub yarn around which another brighter, finer weight slub yarn is twisted. When knitted up this combination of matt, shine, thick and thin creates an irregularly textured fabric that is very lightweight and soft to the touch. Samea is a DK weight knitting to a tension of 21sts and 30 rows on size 4-4.5mm needles and there is a wonderful choice of 18 colours including a classic brown, shown here. Like Xenia, pattern support is available in the Fatto a Mano 188 Collection book with designs including a V-neck sweater with a lace detail and an oversized slipover. Gentle washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 72% cotton, 20% viscose, 8% linen

Weight: 50g

Length: 105m

Rec needle size: 4-4.5mm

RRP: £4.50

Contact: Art Yarn

10 High Street

Pointin

Sleaford

Lincolnshire

NG34 0LX

Tel: 01529 240510

Website: www.artyarn.co.uk

 

7. Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK

Pure Merino DK is a well rounded yarn with a springy texture that knits up smoothly with well defined results. It has a generous metreage of 155m per 50g ball and knits up as a standard DK yarn on 4mm needles. There are 14 beautifully subtle shades available, including shade 12 shown here, and the pattern support is supplied in the form of the Pure Merino DK Book 1. Priced at around £7.50 it's a collection of ten ladies' designs with a modern, feminine edge from the cable-textured jumpers to the easy-to-wear cardigans and vests. Gentle washing at 30°c is recommended.

Composition: 100% pure Merino wool

Weight: 50g

Length: 155m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £4.30

Contact: Deramores

Tel: 0845 519 4573

Website: www.deramores.com

 

8. Lang Xenia

Xenia is a beautifully balanced blend of linen, viscose and cotton. The result is an extremely strong slub yarn with a soft drape, dry handle and subtle lustre. In terms of colouring, the linen gives the yarn a neutral base which is randomly dyed in a choice of seven key colours including brown, ginger, teal and navy, shown here. This effect creates broken stripe effects when worked in stocking stitch and more random patterning when used for textural stitch patterns. It knits to a standard tension of 21 sts and 28 rows on either 4mm or 4.5mm needles and design support is available in the Fatto a Mano 188 Collection book.

Composition: 42% linen, 48% viscose,10% cotton

Weight: 50g

Length: 92m

Rec needle size: 4-4.5mm

RRP: £4.95

Contact: Art Yarn

10 High Street

Pointin

Sleaford

Lincolnshire

NG34 0LX

Tel: 01529 240510

Website: www.artyarn.co.uk

 

9. Rico Design Creative Micro DK

 

Creative Micro is a 100% micro fibre yarn made from Dralon, which feels silky soft and has smooth, well defined stitches and a subtle sheen. With a very generous metreage of 260m per 100g ball it knits to a tension of 22 sts and 30 rows creating a lightweight fabric with beautiful drape. There are eight key fashion shades available including the intense Fuschia, shown here, each of which will also co-ordinate with the palette of colours from the Micro Print range. As for pattern support there is a free pattern for a brioche stitch cardigan available from the Rico Design website. Gentle washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 100% Microfibre

Weight: 100g

Length: 260m

Rec needle size: 3.5 -4mm

RRP: £4.79

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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