Yarn review from Knitting issue 118, August 2013

Friday, August 2, 2013

Jeanette Sloan has fun in the sun with the latest summer yarns

Sirdar Americana

1 Sirdar Americana

Americana is a smooth, rounded DK weight blend of 60% cotton and 40% acrylic. The yarn's colouring comes from a print effect that sits on the surface of the yarn creating an all over mottled appearance, which when knitted is subtle rather than overwhelming. It's smooth to knit, giving great stitch definition, which means it can be used for stitch patterns beyond plain stocking stitch. With shade names inspired by the good old US of A it's available in a choice of eight colours including Mexicali (a refreshing green/orange/ecru mix), Bluegrass (a cool blue/heather/sage green/ecru mix) and the feminine pink/green/orange mix of shade 201 San Fran, shown here. Pattern support comes in the form of the Americana booklet of eight casual ladies' designs including a 'feather and fan' waistcoat, diamond lace sweater and drop stitch cardigan (which also comes in a range of child sizes). Machine washing at 40˚c on a wool cycle is recommended.

 

Composition: 60% cotton,
40% acrylic

Weight: 50g

Length: 135m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £3.90

Contact: Sirdar Spinning Ltd

Flanshaw Lane, Wakefield

West Yorkshire

WF2 9ND

T: 01924 371501

E: enquiries@sirdar.co.uk 

W: www.sirdar.co.uk

 

Hayfield Double Knitting with Wool

 2 Hayfield Double Knitting With Wool

If you're knitting within a tight budget then Hayfield Double Knitting with Wool is an excellent choice. As you can guess from the name it's a DK weight yarn with a plied construction which combines the easy care qualities of 80% acrylic with 20% wool for additional warmth and softness. It knits up evenly to a standard DK tension on 4mm needles producing a smooth supple fabric with a slightly blurred appearance. It has a generous metreage of 300m per 100g and there are 14 classic colours to choose from including shade 096 Mayflower, shown here. Gentle machine washing on a wool cycle at 40˚c is recommended, and it may also be dry cleaned.

 

Composition: 80% acrylic, 20% wool

Weight: 100g

Length: 300m

Rec needle size: 4mm 

RRP: £3.40

Contact: Sirdar Spinning Ltd

Flanshaw Lane, Wakefield

West Yorkshire

WF2 9ND

T: 01924 371501

E: enquiries@sirdar.co.uk

W: www.sirdar.co.uk

 

Libby Summers Fine Aran

 3 Libby Summers Fine Aran

Libby Summers' Fine Aran is a beautifully soft, incredibly strong blend of 50% Peruvian Highland wool and 50% FS, or superfine, alpaca. It's wonderfully smooth to knit, slipping gently along the needles as you work and the resulting fabric has a lustrous appearance and excellent drape. Produced by a ranch in Peru it's the first of the designer's two new branded yarns. Sales of the yarn, which will be available from the website and selected UK stockists, will help support a social project set up to educate the children of the indigenous Quechua alpaca shepherds. With Peruvian inspired names including shade 890 Kulli, shown here, the capsule collection of six vibrant shades reflects the colour scheme of the Quechua peoples. Cold hand washing is recommended but do not iron.

 

Composition: 50% Peruvian Highland wool, 50% FS alpaca

Weight: 50g

Length: 105m

Rec needle size: 4.5-5mm

RRP: £5.75

Contact: Libby Summers Limited

E: libby@libbysummers.co.uk

W: www.libbysummers.co.uk

 

Rico Design Essentials Lino

 4 Rico Design Essentials Lino

Essentials Lino is a DK weight blend of 55% cotton, 24% acrylic and 21% linen. The component fibres are dyed before the yarn is made into a chain, which means that after hand knitting the resulting fabric is cool and lightweight with a subtle marled colouring like a faded wash denim. As a 'light' DK, although it knits to a standard tension of 22 sts and 30 rows on a 4mm needle, the fabric is slightly open making it perfect for summer garments. Each of the eight duo-tonal shades has a linen base so the palette has a subdued mood and includes the gentle denim/linen mix of shade 004 Jeans shown above. Machine washing at 30°c
is recommended.

 

Composition: 55% cotton, 24% acrylic, 21% linen

Weight: 50g

Length: 125m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £3

Contact: The Black Sheep

Partridge Lakes

Glaziers Lane

Culcheth

Warrington

WA3 4AQ

T: 01925 764231

E: orders@blacksheepwools.com

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

 

Rico Design Fashion Summer Print

 5 Rico Design Fashion Summer Print

Fashion Summer Print brings together a modern print effect with a chainette construction producing an exciting addition to the Fashion Summer range. It knits up quickly with a standard tension of 12 sts and 15 rows on large needles and with the same tension as the plain option there's no shortage of patterns from which to choose. If however you're looking for something new this season the Strickidee 35 Fashion Summer/Fashion Summer Print booklet features 12 easy-to-wear ladies' designs featuring both the printed and solid yarn. There's a choice of six colours available including shade 05 Light Brown shown above. Hand washing is recommended and this yarn can also be dry cleaned with care.

 

Composition: 100% cotton

Weight: 50g

Length: 65m

Rec needle size: 8-10mm

RRP: £3.60

Contact: The Black Sheep

Partridge Lakes

Glaziers Lane

Culcheth

Warrington

WA3 4AQ

T: 01925 764231

E: orders@blacksheepwools.com

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

 

Ruth & Belinda Light Kiss

 6 Ruth And Belinda Light Kiss

Ruth & Belinda's wonderfully named Light Kiss is a sumptuously soft blend of 50% Merino wool and 50% silk. It is silky smooth to work with combining warmth, softness and strength and has a beautifully bright lustre due to the high silk content. As with the other yarns in Ruth & Belinda's range no standard tension or recommended needle sizes are given but different effects can be created depending on the needle size used. Using it for socks on 3.25-3.5mm needles produces a dense, supple fabric whilst it can also be knitted on 6mm needles for much more open lace structures. Available only in undyed (ecru) there are patterns available both in digital and printed form from their website. Hand washing at 30˚c is recommended.

 

Composition: 50% Merino wool, 50% silk

Weight: 100g

Length: 400m

Rec needle size: 3.5mm-6mm dependant on individual pattern

RRP: £14

Contact: Ruth & Belinda

T: 01392 411700

E: info@ruthandbelinda.co.uk

W: www.ruthandbelinda.co.uk

 

Bergere de France Eclipse

7 Bergere De France Eclipse 

Eclipse is a loosely twisted blend of 73% acrylic, 20% cotton, 7% polyester. Two colours are plied with the finest filament of metallic fibre then wrapped with a thin binder to create a lightweight yarn with a slightly fluffy handle and a very subtle sparkle. As an Aran weight it knits up quickly on 4.5mm needles with a standard tension of 18 sts and 23 rows and patterns can be found in the Mag 166 spring/summer booklet. Don't let this yarn's sparkle convince you it's purely for evening wear as it's much more versatile than that whether you're knitting plain or textured stitches. There are 10 marled shades to choose from with planetary inspired names like shade 53 Venus (a beige/white mix), 83 Neptune (a navy/white mix) and the pink/mix of shade 70 Pluton, shown here. Gentle washing at 30˚c is recommended, and it can also be dry cleaned.

 

Composition: 73% acrylic, 20% cotton, 7% polyester

Weight: 50g

Length: 89m

Rec needle size: 4.5mm

RRP: £3.95

Contact: Bergere de France

E: hello@bergeredefrance.co.uk

W: www.bergeredefrance.co.uk

 

Sirdar Snuggly Baby Cotton DK

 8 Sirdar Snuggly Baby Cotton DK

Snuggly Baby Cotton DK is a beautifully soft yarn made from 100% Egyptian cotton and it's so smooth you'd be forgiven for thinking that it contained an element of silk. With its gentle lustre and velvety softness it's wonderfully smooth to knit, producing well-defined stitches whether used for stocking stitch, lace structures or textured fabrics like garter stitch. It's the perfect yarn for babies, with a standard DK tension of 22 sts and 30 rows and a metreage of 106m per 50g ball. It's available in a palette of classic pastel shades including Little Hugs, Lemoncups, and Soft Lilac, shown here. Use this lovely yarn to update a well-loved baby pattern or alternatively choose from one of the eight new leaflets available, which feature designs for garments and accessories. Gentle machine washing at 40˚c on a wool cycle is recommended but do not iron.

 

Composition: 100% Egyptian cotton

Weight: 50g

Length: 106m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £3.63

Contact: Sirdar Spinning Ltd

Flanshaw Lane, Wakefield

West Yorkshire

WF2 9ND

T: 01924 371501

E: enquiries@sirdar.co.uk

W: www.sirdar.co.uk

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