Yarn Review from Knitting 116, June 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Jeanette Sloan gets stuck into the new yarns for summer.

Rico Design
Essentials Cotton Soft Print DK

1 Rico Design Essentials Cotton

Essentials Cotton Soft Print DK is a printed version of the Cotton Soft DK and offers the same blend of 50% cotton and 50% acrylic. It has the softness and handle of a classic cotton yarn but with the added appeal of a gentle tone-on-tone print effect that adds interest to each colour. There is a choice of seven summery shades available ranging from subtle to bright including shade 004 Purple Mix, shown here. With a standard tension of 22 sts and 28 rows it knits to the same tension as Rico's Cotton Soft DK and though there isn't any specific design support currently available for the Print DK the two can be used within the same project to create interesting colour combinations. If you're budget conscious this yarn is excellent value as it takes around 600g (or 12 balls) for a size 14 sweater which at £2.75 per 50g ball makes this a truly affordable yarn. Gentle washing at 30˚c is recommended

Composition: 50% cotton, 50% acrylic

Weight: 50g

Length: 125m

Rec needle size: 3.5-4mm

RRP: £2.75

Contact: The Black Sheep

Partridge Lakes

Glaziers Lane, Culcheth

Warrington WA3 4AQ

T: 01925 764231

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

Rico Design
Essentials Sparkles DK

2 Rico Design Essentials Sparkle

Essentials Sparkles DK is the latest addition to Rico's collection of 'bling' yarns. A high quality blend of 87% acrylic and 13% polyester, it is softly rounded with a lustrous finish that is enhanced with self-coloured sequins twisted along the yarn's length. If the thought of a sequinned yarn isn't normally your sort of thing then I'd advise giving this a try as the effect is very subtle due to the tonal colouring and the sequin's small size (around 3mm). It has a standard tension of 21 sts and 28 rows and though there aren't any specific patterns currently available it can be used to update your favourite DK pattern. There's a choice of eight shades available ranging from classic Black and Beige to the more summery Mint and Lobster (shade 003), shown here. Hand washing recommended. 

Composition: 87% acrylic, 13% polyester

Weight: 50g

Length: 138m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £3.50

Contact: The Black Sheep

Partridge Lakes

Glaziers Lane

Culcheth

Warrington

WA3 4AQ

T: 01925 764231

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

DyeForYarn
Merino/Silk

3 Dyefor Yarn Merino Silk

Nicole and Cordula are the duo behind DyeForYarn who began dyeing yarns when they couldn't find the lightweight blends they wanted to satisfy their shawl knitting passions. Now a full blown business based in Nuremberg, Germany, their Withering Pink Tulip is one of their MANY gorgeous shades of Merino/Silk, a semi solid 4ply blend of 75% wool and 25% silk that elegantly combines a wonderfully soft handle with comforting warmth and a subtle lustre. It slips smoothly through your fingers as you knit producing beautifully even stitches, which, as intended, makes it ideal for lace shawls and stoles. As all their yarns are dyed in small batches of six skeins I'd advise buying a little extra to ensure you have enough yarn to complete your project. Hand washing in a special silk/wool detergent is recommended and be aware that some bleeding may occur.

Composition: 75% wool, 25% silk

Weight: 100g

Length: 400m

Rec needle size: n/a

RRP: €18.50

Contact: DyeForYarn

Hirschenstr. 31

90762 Fürth

Germany

T: +49 911 9779 1693

E: dyeforyarn@googlemail.com

W: www.dyeforyarn.com

Deramores
Baby DK

4 Deramores Baby DK

Online retailer Deramores launches it's own range of knitting yarns this spring with Baby Double Knitting, a blend of 55% nylon /45% acrylic. It's a well-rounded yarn that knits up regularly with a velvety handle creating a fabric that's wonderfully soft on delicate skins. As you'd expect from the name, it knits to a standard DK tension with great stitch definition making it ideal for both plain and textured knits. This easy care yarn is available in a choice of eight colours, each ideal for little ones, whether muted like shades 008 Primrose Yellow and 003 Sky Blue or bold like shade 006 Deramores Pink, shown here. Although no specific patterns were available at the time of going to print Deramores have enlisted a number of well know designers including Sue Batley-Kyle, Fiona Goble and Val Pierce to develop a range of supporting patterns for this yarn. Gentle machine washing at 40˚c is recommended and it's also possible to tumble dry on a cool setting.

Composition: 55% nylon, 45% acrylic

Weight: 50g

Length: 170m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £2.99

Contact: Deramores

T: 0800 488 0708
or 01795 668144

E: contact form on website

W: www.deramores.com

 

Performance
Cotton Queen

5 Performance Cotton Queen

Cotton Queen is a 100% cotton 4 ply yarn that knits to a standard tension on 26 sts and 36 rows on a 2.5-3.5mm needle. The mercerised treatment that gives the yarn its lustre can sometimes make the yarn feel stiff when knitted but not in this case. The knitting is extremely soft and supple with well defined stitches making it extremely versatile whether you're knitting plain, heavily textured or openwork lace structures or even using it for crochet. It's available in a choice of 15 delicious shades including the zingy orange shade 0144 shown here. If you're looking for pattern inspiration there are two designs (a sleeveless vest with lace details and a purl textured ladies top) using this yarn available as free downloads from the website. Gentle washing at 40˚c is recommended.

Composition: 100% cotton

Weight: 50g

Length: 125m

Rec needle size: 2.5-3.5mm

RRP: £1.53

Contact: Performance Yarns

E: contact form on website

W: www.performance-yarnshop.com

Rowan
Fine Art

6 Rowan Fine Art

If you're an avid sock knitter looking for something different then you'll love Rowan Fine Art. It's a high quality and well-balanced mix of 45% wool, 20% mohair, 25% polyamide and 10% silk. The resulting blend is plied, twisted and hand painted producing a palette of wonderfully intense hues within each of the eight shades. As you'd expect from this combination, it is beautifully soft to knit with, has a standard tension of 32 sts and 42 rows on 2.5mm needles and whilst the polyamide makes this luxurious blend of fibres durable enough for socks it can of course be used for lots of other accessory projects. Pattern support in the accompanying book, Fine Art Collection, offers socks, scarves and wraps. Cool hand washing is recommended or dry clean with care.

Composition: 45% wool, 20% mohair, 25% polyamide, 10% silk

Weight: 100g

Length: 400m

Rec needle size: 2.5mm

RRP: £15.95

Contact: Rowan

Green Lane Mill

Holmfirth

West Yorkshire

HD9 2DX

T: 01484 681881

E: mail@knitrowan.com

W: www.knitrowan.com

SMC
Multicolor

7 SMC Multicolor

Multicolor is a multi plied and twisted 100% cotton yarn that knits up quickly producing a soft, lightweight fabric with good drape and nicely rounded stitches. The dyeing technique used creates exciting and irregular colour effects that are perfect for adding something new to your summer wardrobe. There is a choice of eight multicoloured and multi tonal shades including the understated grey/blues of shade 00084 Cloud Mix, the summery yellow/blues of 00086 Ocean Mix and the sweetie like pinks/oranges/lilacs of shade 0080 Sunshine Mix, shown here. Pattern support can be found in the Inspirations 53 booklet, a collection of 13 simply shaped ladies garments featuring knitted openwork structures and large cables mixed with stocking stitch as well as a pretty crochet shawl. Cold machine washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 100% Cotton

Weight: 50g

Length: 90m

Rec needle size: 3.5-4.5mm

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

 

SMC
Select Belisia

8 SMC Select Melisia

Belisia is a 100% cotton yarn with a knitted tubular construction spun from a finely spun combed cotton fibre. This makes the resulting tape yarn smooth to knit and extremely lightweight, producing a fabric that is soft to the touch with excellent drape and a standard tension of 23 sts and 33 rows. There are 14 classic shades available including the vibrant 02317 Turquoise, 02315 Cinnamon and shade 02301 Red, shown here. Pattern support can be found in the Moments 022 booklet which features 14 ladies designs that include classic sweaters, cardigans and tunics with stylish design details that give them a quirky edge. Gentle washing at 30˚c is recommended

Composition: 100% cotton

Weight: 50g

Length: 160m

Rec needle size: 4-4.5mm 

RRP: £4.75

Contact: Coats Crafts UK

Green Lane Mill

Holmfirth

West Yorkshire

HD9 2DX

T: 01484 681881

E: consumer.ccuk@coats.com

W: www.knitsmc.com

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