YARN RE­VIEWS

Of­fer­ing lux­u­ri­ous fi­bres, hand-dyed love­li­ness and soft fabrics, the lat­est new yarns will pro­vide a treat for your nee­dles

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The lat­est yarn re­leases, tested and rated

NORTH SHIRE YARNS 4ply Baby Al­paca, Silk, Cash­mere

Shade pic­tured More Gin Please Skein weight/length 100g/400m Nee­dle size 2.5mm (UK 13-12/US 1-2) Ten­sion 27 sts and 38 rows to 10cm Fi­bre con­tent 70% baby al­paca, 20% silk, 10% cash­mere Care Hand wash RRP £19.00 Con­tact 07931 817171 www.northshire­yarns.co.uk Full of lus­ciously silky soft­ness, this lux­u­ri­ous blend of fi­bres is such a treat to knit with. It’s dyed in small batches, cre­at­ing gor­geous var­ie­gated colour­ways that range from vi­brant con­fec­tionery shades to del­i­cate neu­trals and pas­tels. The knit­ted fab­ric has lovely drape, with a sub­tle glow beam­ing through an in­dul­gent halo.

CAS­CADE YARNS So­rata

Shade pic­tured Peri­dot (19) Skein weight/length 100g/400m Nee­dle size 2.25-3.25mm (UK 13-10/US 1-3) Ten­sion 26 sts and 36 rows to 10cm on 3.25mm Fi­bre con­tent 70% baby llama, 30% silk Care Hand wash RRP £17.99 Con­tact www.cas­cade­yarns.com New So­rata is an ideal yarn for shawls and gar­ments full of swing and drape. Its exquisitely soft blend of fi­bres are spun to give a smooth silken han­dle and a light­weight feel, as well as a gor­geous gleam. The pal­ette fea­tures 13 shades, in­clud­ing soft neu­trals and bright springy hues. Cas­cade of­fers pat­tern ideas with three lace shawl and scarf de­signs, free to down­load.

COOP KNITS Socks Yeah!

Shade pic­tured Kryp­ton (1002) Skein weight/length 50g/212m Nee­dle size 2.25mm (UK 13/US 1) Ten­sion 36 sts and 48 rows to 10cm Fi­bre con­tent 75% su­per­wash merino wool, 25% ny­lon Care Ma­chine wash 30°C RRP £6.00 Con­tact www.fy­berspates.com/re­tail­ers Can a yarn be mouth-wa­ter­ing and eye-wa­ter­ing (in a good way) at the same time? We think so, and we love th­ese new daz­zling neon shades that have been added to the Socks Yeah! col­lec­tion. Per­fect for jazzy sum­mer socks, they’ll cheer up your knit­ting and your feet. This is a smooth, matt yarn that feels soft and com­fort­able next to the skin all year round.

FINE FET­TLE FI­BRES Northum­brian Rose

Shade pic­tured Crag­side Rose Skein weight/length 50g/170m Nee­dle size 3.75mm (UK 9/US 5) Ten­sion 25 sts and 32 rows to 10cm Fi­bre con­tent 40% rose fi­bres, 35% al­paca, 25% Blue­faced Le­ices­ter wool Care Hand wash RRP £12.50 Con­tact 01670 600001 www.fine­fet­tle­fi­bres.uk A col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Northum­brian ar­ti­sans has re­sulted in this gor­geous new yarn blended from lo­cal al­paca, BFL wool and crushed rose stems. Northum­brian Rose glim­mers with life and light, and is soft and silky to work with. The eight hand-dyed shades are sub­tle and so­phis­ti­cated, and the knit­ted fab­ric is won­der­fully light­weight and floaty.

DAUGH­TER OF A SHEP­HERD Ram Jam

Shade pic­tured Light Grey Skein weight/length 50g/115m Nee­dle size 4.5mm (UK 7/US 7) Ten­sion 18 sts and 26 rows to 10cm Fi­bre con­tent 100% wool Care Hand wash RRP £9.00 Con­tact www.daugh­tero­fashep­herd.com Ram Jam is an­other stel­lar cre­ation from Rachel Atkin­son, with a 100% York­shire prove­nance and a “waste-not, want­not” at­ti­tude! This is a blend of wools that would oth­er­wise have gone to waste, spun into a worsted weight full of charm and au­then­tic­ity. There are four shades, in­clud­ing a creamy white and a deep brown (al­most black), and two blended greys.

ROWAN SE­LECTS Mako Cot­ton

Shade pic­tured Spring Green (06) Ball weight/length 50g/100m Nee­dle size 5.5mm (UK 5/US 9) Ten­sion 19 sts and 25 rows to 10cm Fi­bre con­tent 63% cot­ton, 37% ly­ocell Care Hand wash RRP £9.50 Con­tact 01484 950630 www.kni­trowan.com This new spring/sum­mer yarn from Rowan is a chainette-con­structed blend of cool­ing fi­bres. This con­struc­tion gives an ex­cel­lent amount of bounce to the yarn, which helps make a sup­ple fab­ric that moves with you and feels so com­fort­able. Stitches are plump and well de­fined, and the seven colour­ways range from muted pas­tels to zingy brights.

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