Yarn Review Issue 110

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Jeanette Sloan tests the latest winter yarns.

1. Rico Design Creative Galaxy DK

This is an ideal yarn for partying during the festive season and follows on the heels of the hugely popular Creative Galaxy Chunky. Creative Galaxy DK (1) is a blend of 74% acrylic and 22% wool, which, like its chunkier version, is a multi-coloured roving yarn twisted with a fine acrylic fibre strung with tiny sequins. It has a very soft handle and knits up evenly to create a subtly graded striping effect. The sequins are threaded onto a fine synthetic binder that is twisted around the main roving yarn allowing the shimmering effect to be placed randomly throughout the knitted fabric. The yarn comes in a choice of six multi-colour effects, including shade 383061-006 Platinum shown here, and knits to a standard DK tension on 4mm needles making it an obvious choice if you're looking to update some of your favourite DK patterns. Hand washing is recommended but do not iron.

Composition: 74% acrylic, 22% wool, 4% sequins

Weight: 100g

Length: 240m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £6.99

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. Rowan Frost

Frost is an Aran weight blend of 80% viscose and 20% alpaca. It's made up of
a multicoloured viscose slub yarn knitted into a chain, which carries the soft alpaca fibres along the length of the yarn. The result is a wonderfully soft and lightweight yarn with a slightly bumpy texture that slinks smoothly through the fingers as you work. Despite not having a metal content it has an almost metallic sheen and knits to standard tension of 16 sts and 23 rows on a 5.5mm needle. There are six key shades with woodland inspired names such as Peat, Bracken, Gorse and Heather, shown here, each of which is made up of two or three colours which gives them a rich and interesting depth of colour. Pattern support is available in The Frost Collection of garments and accessories designed by Sarah Hatton. Hand washing at 30˚c is recommended

Composition: 80% viscose, 20% alpaca

Weight: 50g

Length: 75m

Rec needle size: 5.5mm

RRP: £5.50

Contact: Rowan, Green Lane Mill, Holmfirth

West Yorkshire HD9 2DX

Tel: 01484 681881

Email: mail@knitrowan.com

Website: www.knitrowan.com

 

3. Sirdar Faroe

Sirdar Faroe is a softly spun blend of 60% acrylic, 25% cotton and 15% wool and is more reminiscent of a handspun rather than a commercially spun yarn. The high acrylic content means it's very lightweight despite its thickness and it knits up very quickly with a standard tension of 9 sts and 12 rows on 10mm needles. There are six gently blended colours to choose from, each inspired by the landscape, sea and sky of the Faroe Isles with names such as Artisan, Island Storm and shade 395 Origin, shown here, which is a subtle tweedy mix of beige, white, turquoise and blue. There are eight supporting patterns featuring designs for women, including a cable-edged waistcoat as well as hats, scarves and cowls.Machine washing at 40˚c is recommended but it can also be dry cleaned. 

Composition: 60% acrylic, 25% cotton, 15% wool

Weight: 50g

Length: 43m

Rec needle size: 10mm

RRP: £3.63

Contact: Sirdar Spinning Ltd

Flanshaw Lane, Wakefield

West Yorkshire WF2 9ND

Tel: 01924 371501

Email: enquiries@sirdar.co.uk

Website: www.sirdar.co.uk

 

4. Debbie Bliss Angel Prints

Angel Prints is an updated version of Debbie Bliss's ever-popular Angel, a blend of 76% super kid mohair and 24% silk. As the name suggests though, this is a variegated version, which knits up to create seemingly irregular bands of colour and the resulting fabric is incredibly soft and lightweight. It's an extremely versatile yarn that can be knitted on needles ranging in size from 3-5 mm and it's particularly well suited to delicate lace shawls, wraps, tops and cardigans, although it can be used for fine crochet structures too. There's a choice of 12 vibrant, variegated shades, including shade 808 Chagall shown here. Pattern support can be found in the Angel and A Fine Romance booklets, which include ultra feminine designs like shawls, shrugs and cardigans. Hand washing is recommended.

Composition: 76% super kid mohair, 24% silk

Weight: 25g

Length: 200m

Rec needle size: 3.25-5mm

RRP: £8.95

Contact: Designer Yarns

Newbridge Industrial Estate

Pitt Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD21 4PQ

Tel: 01535 664222

Email: enquiries@designeryarns.uk.com

 

5. Rico Design Creative Reflection

Rico's Creative Reflection is another great yarn choice for the party season. It's an ultra lightweight roving blend of 46% acrylic and 46% wool which is slightly twisted with a soft glittery thread. The resulting effect is an elegant yarn with a subtley graded colour effect and an excellent yardage of 240m per 50g. Whilst the ball band gives a standard tension of 23 sts and 28 rows using 3mm needles it can also be knitted on needles as large as 5mm for a more open, lacy effect adding to its versatility. There are six shades available, including shade 383060-002 Blackberry shown here, which grades beautifully from the palest icy pink through lilac to shocking pink. Hand washing is recommended.

Composition: 46% acrylic, 46% wool, 8% polyester

Weight: 50g

Length: 240m

Rec needle size: 3mm

RRP: £3.50

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

 

6. Bergere de France Cosmos

Cosmos is a chunky weight blend of 51% acrylic, 24% cotton, 11% wool, 11% alpaca and 3% polyester. It has an intriguing construction made up of a natural coloured cotton contrasted by a darker coloured wool blend; both of which are then wrapped with a fine binder. This gives the yarn an 'overtwisted' look which knits up on 5mm needles with lightweight results and a boucle like appearance. There are eight colours to choose from, including shade 29078 Bleu/Ecru shown here, and whilst the supporting patterns are for ladies' garments, the colours would also lend themselves to mens' garments and accessories. Gentle washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 51% acrylic, 24% cotton, 11% wool, 11% alpaca, 3% polyester

Weight: 50g

Length: 75m

Rec needle size: 5mm

RRP: £2.90

Contact: Bergere de France

Email: hello@bergeredefrance.com

Website: www.bergeredefrance.co.uk 

 

7. SMC Select Brioletto

SMC Select's new Brioletto is a super soft blend of 60% new wool and 40% polyester with an innovative construction. Shimmering polyamide fibre is knitted into a fine chainette yarn with additional texture created by regular bursts of merino wool fibre along the length of the yarn. It's a lovely combination of matt and shine with the wool adding softness and volume whilst the lustrous polyamide adds an elegant touch. With a standard tension of 16 sts and 21 rows on 7mm needles the yarn's slub-like construction means that it knits up quickly with beautifully lightweight and irregular results. There are eight classic colours in the range including Red, Black, Pink and shade 08216 Silver, shown here. Patterns can be found in the Moments 015 Accessories & More booklet. Hand washing is recommended.

Composition: 60% new wool, 40% polyester

Weight: 50g

Length: 120m

Rec needle size: 7mm

RRP: £5.50

Contact: Coats Crafts UK, Green Lane Mill, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire HD9 2DX

Tel: 01484 681881

Email: consumer.ccuk@coats.com

Website: www.knitsmc.com

 

8. Regia Angora Merino

Angora Merino is a luxuriously soft addition to Regia's collection of 4ply sock yarns. It's a high quality blend of 65% new wool, 25% polyamide and 10% angora, which has just the right balance of strength and softness. It knits up smoothly with excellent stitch definition, making it perfect for sock designs that feature crisp stitch structures such as cables, ribs and twisted stitches. It has a standard tension of 30 sts and 42 rows on 2-3mm needles and has great easy care credentials as the wool content has been 'superwash' treated. There's a choice of 12 classic colours available, including shade 07081 Wolke shown here. Gentle machine-washing at 30˚c is recommended but do not tumble dry.

Composition: 65% new wool, 25% polyamide, 10% angora

Weight: 50g

Length: 200m

Rec needle size: 2-3mm

RRP: £5.95

Contact: Coats Crafts UK

Green Lane Mill, Holmfirth

West Yorkshire HD9 2DX

Tel: 01484 681881

Email: mail@knitrowan.com

Website: www.coatscrafts.co.uk

 

9. Mirasol Hasa

Sirdar Faroe is a softly spun blend of 60% acrylic, 25% cotton and 15% wool and is more reminiscent of a handspun rather than a commercially spun yarn. The high acrylic content means it's very lightweight despite its thickness and it knits up very quickly with a standard tension of 9 sts and 12 rows on 10mm needles. There are six gently blended colours to choose from, each inspired by the landscape, sea and sky of the Faroe Isles with names such as Artisan, Island Storm and shade 395 Origin, shown here, which is a subtle tweedy mix of beige, white, turquoise and blue. There are eight supporting patterns featuring designs for women, including a cable-edged waistcoat as well as hats, scarves and cowls. Machine washing at 40˚c is recommended but it can also be dry cleaned.

Composition: 60% acrylic, 25% cotton, 15% wool

Weight: 50g

Length: 43m

Rec needle size: 10mm

RRP: £3.63

Contact: Sirdar Spinning Ltd

Flanshaw Lane, Wakefield

West Yorkshire WF2 9ND

Tel: 01924 371501

Email: enquiries@sirdar.co.uk

Website: www.sirdar.co.uk

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