This month we plunge into the glam world of opulent yarns and discover some real gems
Spoil yourself with our favourite luxury yarns – perfect for small projects!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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