Yarn re­views

This month we plunge into the glam world of op­u­lent yarns and dis­cover some real gems

Knit Today Magazine - - CONTENTS -

Spoil your­self with our favourite lux­ury yarns – per­fect for small projects!

Rowan

BRUSHED FLEECE

Con­tent: 63% wool, 30% al­paca, 5% polyamide Weight/length: 50g/105m (115yds) Nee­dle: 6mm (UK 4, US 10) Shade: Grotto (257) Wash: Hand­wash at 30ºC Tension: 13 sts and 16 rows to 10cm or 4in square Price: £7.49 This su­per-soft brushed fleece is a fab­u­lously chunky op­tion, suit­able for projects that are sat­is­fy­ingly quick to knit up. A tac­tile blend of ex­tra merino wool and baby al­paca, Rowan's brushed fleece is in­cred­i­bly pleas­ing to knit with and wear. What's more, it comes in nine plush colours, each with a del­i­cate marl ef­fect.

A Visit www.kni­trowan.com or call 01484 681881.

Sir­dar

BEACH­COMBER DK

Con­tent: 100% cot­ton Weight/length: 50g/140m (153yds) Nee­dle: 4mm (UK 8, US 6) Shade: Par­adise (252) Wash: Ma­chine wash at 40ºC Tension: 22 sts and 28 rows to 10cm or 4in square Price: £3.07 If you're look­ing for a gor­geous, slub-tex­tured, cool cot­ton yarn that shouts sum­mer then Sir­dar Beach­comber could be for you. Worked on 4mm nee­dles, this DK yarn comes in 12 shades, four of them with a fab­u­lous, on-trend space-dyed ef­fect (us­ing grey as a base colour each time, and mix­ing it up with lime and li­lac among oth­ers). What's more, it's wash­ing­ma­chine friendly at 40ºC too!

A Visit www.sir­dar.co.uk or call 01924 231682

Rico Es­sen­tials

COT­TON GLITZ DK

Con­tent: 78% cot­ton, 19% syn­thetic, 3% polyester Weight/length: 50g/130m (142yds) Nee­dle: 3-4mm (UK 11, US 2/3 or UK 8, US 6) Shade: Rasp­berry (shade 003) Wash: Ma­chine wash at 30ºC Tension: 22 sts and 28 rows to 10cm or 4in square Price: £3.75 This glitzy version of Rico Es­sen­tials Cot­ton DK yarn cer­tainly adds a glam­orous touch to your knit­ting nee­dles. With its won­der­fully rich colour and soft, light, cot­ton-blend tex­ture it's per­fect for sum­mer knits and ac­ces­sories. This fun yarn comes in five lovely colours, from Black to Rasp­berry to Curry, each one with a tempt­ing shim­mer of its own!

A Visit www.rico-de­sign.de

Bergère de France

RE­FLET 4PLY

Con­tent: 61% cot­ton, 39% polyester Weight/length: 100g/300m (328yds) Nee­dle: 3mm (UK 11, US 2/3) Shade: Fraise (50013) Wash: Ma­chine wash at 30ºC Tension: 33 sts and 44 rows to 10cm or 4in square Price: £7.79 Adding a lit­tle, or a lot of shim­mer to a gar­ment can turn an ev­ery­day look into evening wear, and that's just what Bergère de France's Re­flet does! Cre­ated in seven shades and us­ing or­ganic cot­ton, this skin-friendly yarn is ideal for young and old alike. At al­most £8 for 100g, each ball goes a lot fur­ther than you think, making it great value for money no mat­ter what you're making.

A Visit www.berg­ere­de­france.co.uk

Louisa Hard­ing

CAS­SIA DK

Con­tent: 75% wool, 25% ny­lon Weight/length: 50g/133m (145yds) Nee­dle: 4mm (UK 8, US 6) Shade: Lip­stick (115) Wash: Ma­chine wash at 40ºC

Tension: 22 sts and 30 rows to 10cm or 4in square Price: £4.95 When it comes to ma­chine-wash­able DK yarn, few are as invit­ing as this one. Cas­sia's merino and ny­lon blend comes in a hugely tempt­ing vin­tage colour pal­ette which re­flects Louisa Hard­ing's sig­na­ture style per­fectly. Use this soft-to-the-touch yarn for adult, child and baby gar­ments what­ever the style – it's suit­able for knit­ting gar­ments for ev­ery sea­son.

Visit www.louisa­hard­ing.co.uk or call 01535 664222

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Wendy

MERINO DK

Con­tent: 100% su­per­wash merino wool Weight/length: 50g/116m (127yds) Nee­dle: 4mm (UK 8, US 6) Shade: Wa­ter­melon (2383) Wash: Ma­chine wash at 30ºC Tension: 25 sts and 34 rows to 10cm or 4in square Price: £4.99 This pure merino wool comes with a beau­ti­ful, ex­ten­sive colour pal­ette. The merino sheep is renowned for its soft wool, spun to make it as wear­able as pos­si­ble for any­one with sen­si­tive skin. Wendy Merino DK makes a sen­si­ble choice for those sim­ple, quick-to-knit projects we all love try­ing – it's suit­able for all the fam­ily and a dream to knit with.

A Visit www.tbrams­den.co.uk or call 01943 872 264

Spon­sored by LoveKnit­ting www.loveknit­ting.com YOUR HANDY SWATCH PAT­TERN STOCK­ING STITCH Row 1 (RS): Row 2 (WS): K to end. P to end. Re­peat last two rows. A

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