Yarn review from Knitting issue 124, January 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

Jeanette Sloan tries out the latest yarns in a mixture of fun and chunky brights.

1 Bergere de France Chambery

1 Bergere De France Chambery

Chambery is a mega chunky plied blend of 83% acrylic, 14% polyamide and 3% polyester. It is fantastically fast to knit on 20mm needles with a standard tension of just 5 sts and 6.5 rows producing a warm and chunky fabric that is wonderfully lightweight. New knitters will love this yarn because it gives quick results and has a great palette of nine multi-tonal shades (it’s also ideal for finger knitting with really young ones). At the time of going to print the only pattern available is the Snood & Bonnet (no 310.54) but it’s the perfect yarn for simple scarf knittin; just grab a pair of needles and a few balls and off you go. Shown here in shade 28894 Daphne. Gentle washing at 30°c is recommended. May also be dry cleaned with care.

 

Composition: 83% acrylic, 14% polyamide, 3% polyester

Weight: 100g

Length: 22m

Rec needle size: 20mm

RRP: £6

Contact: Bergere de France

E: hello@bergeredefrance.co.uk

W: www.bergeredefrance.co.uk

 

2 Rico Design Creative Bonbon Super Chunky

2 Rico Design Creative Bonbon Super Chunky

As its name suggests Creative Bonbon Super Chunky is a bulky blend of 53% virgin wool and 47% acrylic. It has an over twisted construction which gives the yarn an almost cord-like appearance but it is super soft with a slight irregular thickness along its length. With a standard tension of 9 sts and 12 rows it knits up quickly on 10-12mm needles producing a chunky but lightweight fabric that grades beautifully from one shade to another due to the yarn’s variegated colouring. There are plenty of patterns to choose from in the Wild Wild Wool accessories booklet (priced at £12.99) which includes 46 patterns for both knit and crochet with many of them taking just one ball, making it the perfect yarn for gift knits. There are seven variegated shades in the range including shade 006 Turquoise, shown here. Hand washing is recommended but do not iron.

 

Composition: 53% virgin wool, 47% acrylic

Weight: 100g

Length: 100m

Rec needle size: 10-12mm

RRP: £7.99

Contact: The Black Sheep

T: 01925 764231

W: www.blacksheepwools.co.uk

or www.rico-design.de

 

3 Stylecraft Alpaca DK

3 Stylecraft Alpaca DK

Alpaca DK by Stylecraft is an impressive quality blend of 80% acrylic and 20% alpaca. The high synthetic content means that it is easy to care for whilst the alpaca gives the yarn a beautifully soft handle. It’s smooth to work with, knitting to a standard DK tension of 23 sts and 29 rows, giving excellent stitch definition whether used for plain or textured stitch patterns. With 10 shades to choose from including shade 6015 Lime, shown here, pattern support can be found in a collection of sweater and cardigan designs for women and young girls, which are produced as loose leaflets by Stylecraft priced around £2.99. This yarn represents great value for money with a generous metreage of 240m per 100g and once knitted it is easy to care for as it can be machine washed at 30°c and tumble dried on a cool setting or dry cleaned with care.

Composition: 80% acrylic, 20% alpaca

Weight: 100g

Length: 240m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £4.15

Contact: Stylecaft Ltd

T: 01535 609798

E: general@stylecraftltd.co.uk

 

4 Bergere de France Chinaillon

4 Bergere De France Chinaillon

Chinaillon is a lightweight blend of 56% acrylic, 30% wool, 10% alpaca and 4% viscose. It has a plied construction with tiny flecks of accent colours giving the yarn its tweedy appearance and producing a soft handle with good stitch definition when knitted up. With a standard tension of 19 sts and 26 rows it knits to around an Aran weight and is a great way of updating your favourite winter patterns. If however you’re looking for new inspiration there’s a new selection of designs featuring this yarn that include both garments and accessories for babies, kids and adults. There is a well-balanced palette of 10 colours to choose from including Gris (classic grey), Jean (denim blue) and shade 24523 Fushia, shown here. Gentle washing at 30°c is recommended but do not iron.

Composition: 56% acrylic, 30% wool, 10% alpaca, 4% viscose

Weight: 50g

Length: 140m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £3.95

Contact: Bergere de France

E: hello@bergeredefrance.co.uk

W: www.bergeredefrance.co.uk

 

5 Stylecraft Tibet Super Chunky

5 Stylecraft Tibet Super Chunky

Tibet Super Chunky by Stylecraft is a chunky blend of 72% wool, 20% acrylic and 8% nylon. It has a plied construction with fat slubs of contrasting colour twisted along the length of the yarn making the resulting fabric irregular in texture as well as giving it an all over tweedy effect. With so much going on in terms of both colour and texture this super cosy yarn is probably best suited to simple garter/stocking stitches or mega cables and simply shaped accessories. Pattern support can be found in a collection of hat, scarf, snood and cape designs, which are available from Stylecraft in leaflet form for around £2.99. There is a choice of eight shades in the range including shade 1790 Orchid, shown here. Hand washing is recommended and may be dry cleaned but do not iron.

Composition: 72% wool, 20% acrylic, 8% nylon

Weight: 50g

Length: 35m

Rec needle size: 8mm

RRP: £3.99

Contact: Stylecraft

T: 01535 609798

E:  general@stylecraftltd.co.uk

 

6 West Yorkshire Spinners Bluefaced Leicester DK

6 West Yorkshire Spinners Bluefaced Leicester DK

Bluefaced Leicester DK is a 100% wool yarn that has a wonderfully rich lustre and soft, firm handle. The company source all their own raw material, which is then processed at their state of the art mill in Keighley, reducing the carbon footprint of this truly British yarn. It is beautifully smooth to knit with producing well-defined stitches and making it ideal for plain stocking stitch as well as highly textured stitch structures. There’s a choice of five shades available – Avocado, Blueberry, Cherry, Burnt Orange and Aubergine (shade 02), shown here and pattern support can be found in a range of loose leaflets and booklets. Designed exclusively for West Yorkshire Spinners by Jenny Watson the collection of patterns for men and women is available in digital form as PDF downloads from the website for around £2.88 each (if you prefer your patterns in print form just contact them directly). Hand washing at 30°c is recommended but do not tumble dry.

Composition: 100% wool

Weight: 50g

Length: 112m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £4.85

Contact: West Yorkshire Spinners

T: 01535 664500

E: sales@wyspinners.com

W: www.wyspinners.com

 

7 Libby Summers Chunky

7 Libby Summers Chunky

Libby Summers’ Chunky is a roving yarn made from 100% Peruvian wool. The wool is sourced from a crossbreed sheep that lives in the Peruvian highlands. The sheep live at over 2,000m above sea level and this combined with their Corridale/Merinos breeding produces a wool that is very dry, crimpy and durable. Whilst some single ply yarns can feel weak and prone to breaking, this one is extremely strong and smooth to knit producing a soft and chunky fabric with a bouncy handle. The standard tension for this yarn is given as 12 sts and 15 rows but I did find that knitting it on a slightly smaller needle than the recommended 8mm gave better results. There are six beautifully subtle shades available including the icy blue Anqas, shade 860, shown here, and design support including patterns for garments, home and fashion accessories can be found on Libby’s website. Hand wash only cold, dry flat, do not iron, bleach or tumble dry.

Composition: 100% Peruvian wool

Weight: 50g

Length: 50m

Rec needle size: 8mm

RRP: £4.50

Contact: Libby Summers

T: 07818 286538

W: www.libbysummers.co.uk

 

8 Artesano DK Blue Faced Blend

8 Artesano DK Blue Faced Blend

Spun in Yorkshire from a blend of British wool and Bluefaced Leicester, Artesano DK Blue Faced Blend is a high quality yarn with an excellent pedigree. It is produced for Artesano by Laxtons so not only can you be assured that it’s a truly British product, which supports our farming industry, but it will also be enjoyable to knit. With a standard DK tension of 22 sts and 30 rows it’s a wonderfully lustrous and knits up to produce beautifully even results. There are 12 colours to choose from including shade 12 Indigo, shown here, and pattern support is available in a collection of loose leaflets which include sweaters, cardigans and small accessories for all the family. Machine washable at 30°c.

Composition: 100% British wool

Weight: 50g

Length: 110m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £5.95

Contact: Artesano Yarns

T: 01189 503350

W: www.artesanoyarns.co.uk

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