Yarn Review Issue 106

Monday, October 8, 2012

Jeanette Sloan looks at the latest new season yarns

1. SMC Select Trend Deluxe

SMC Select Trend Deluxe is a glamourous yarn constructed of a knitted baby alpaca tube wrapped around a shimmering core of synthetic fibre. The result is a sumptuous combination of warmth and subtle metallic shimmer which knits to a tension of 14 sts and 20 rows on size 6.5 - 7mm needles. There's a choice of 8 classic colours including Silver (sh 08416) shown above and the selection of designs which all have a distinctly sophisticated feel can be found in the pattern Moments 017 booklet. Hand washing is recommended

Composition: 56% alpaca, 40% polyester, 4% polyamid

Weight: 50g

Length: 80m

Rec needle size: 6.5-7mm

RRP: £5.95

Contact: Coats Crafts UK

Green Lane Mill

Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

England, HD9 2DX

Tel: 01484 681881

Email: consumer.ccuk@coats.com

Website: www.knitsmc.com


2. Rico Design Creative Liesl

Rico Creative Liesl is another super chunky yarn but this one has a knitted tubular construction with a fine sliver of polyester that gives it the most gentle touch of bling in the form of a thin glittery thread. It's an ideal yarn for a beginner as it knits up in no time on 12mm needles with a standard tension of 6 sts and 9 rows. It creates a soft springy fabric when knitted and if you're after a one-ball project there is enough yarn in this 200g ball for a brioche stitch scarf. The pattern is free and can be found on Rico's website. There is a choice of eight key colours available including the striking and intense Turquoise, shown here. Gentle washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 95% acrylic, 5% polyester

Weight: 200g

Length: 130m

Rec needle size: 12mm

RRP: £5.90

Contact: Crafty Yarn

Tel: 01793 855535

Email: info@crafty-yarn.co.uk

Website: www.crafty-yarn.co.uk or www.rico-design.co.uk 


3. Sirdar Montana

Montana is a lightweight blend of 70% acrylic and 30% wool that knits to a tension of 22 sts and 28 rows. It's a variegated yarn that comes in a choice of 10 shades including shade 200 Monterey, shown here. Some yarns dyed in this way can be very intensely coloured but this yarn's appearance is much more subdued. It has an excellent metreage of 150m per 50g ball and is very economical making it a great choice if you're after a value yarn to knit for all the family. In terms of pattern support there are eight single leaflets available including a ladies jacket (no 9648) and a mans' sweater (no 9643) both of which also include instructions for a child's size. Machine washing on a wool cycle is recommended

Composition: 70% acrylic, 30% wool

Weight: 50g

Length: 150m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £3.90

Contact: Sirdar Spinning Ltd

Flanshaw Lane


West Yorkshire


Tel: 01924 371501

Email: enquiries@sirdar.co.uk

Website: www.sirdar.co.uk


4. Bessie May Lishie Lou Bee

Bee is a beautifully textured 100% cotton yarn from the Lishie Lou range of yarns by new brand Bessie May. All of their yarns are spun in Italy and this gentle slub gets its name from the tiny cotton 'bees' or nupps that add little beads of interest to the fabric as you knit. The result is a soft, irregularly textured and lightweight fabric with a dry handle. It knits to a standard tension of 20 sts and 26 rows and although at the time of going to press there aren't any specific patterns available, keep an eye on the website as there are designs for both knit and crochet in the pipeline. There's a choice of six fresh colours, including the very girlie Rosie shown here. Machine washing at 30˚c is recommended

Composition: 100% cotton

Weight: 50g

Length: 100m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £2.98

Contact: Bessie May

Tel: 01903 816708

Email: mail@bessiemay.com.

Website: www.bessiemay.com


5. Rico Fashion Cosy Chunky

Fashion Cosy Chunky is a new chunky roving yarn for Autumn with a delicate sheen and a soft blurry haze which adds warmth but doesn't detract from its stitch definition. It's an ideal yarn for a beginner, being quick to knit, and there are eight soft, muted earthy shades available, including 06 Grey shown here. Each one has understated colour changes that create tonal bands of interest, which are revealed as you knit. The yarn can be used for Rico's Creative Melange patterns. Hand washing or dry cleaning is recommended.

Composition: 78% acrylic, 15% new wool, 7% polyester

Weight: 50g

Length: 110m

Rec needle size: 7mm

RRP: £3.50

Contact: Crafty Yarn

Tel: 01793 855535

Email: info@crafty-yarn.co.uk

Website: www.crafty-yarn.co.uk or www.rico-design.co.uk 


6. Louisa Harding Amitola

Amitola is another elegant addition to the Louisa Harding range. It's a roving yarn that blends 80% wool with 20% silk giving it a good balance of warmth and lustre. Although the beautiful colouring may appear very bold in the ball, once knitted the transition from one shade to another is very gradual. Whilst it has a recommended needle size of 3.75-4mm and standard tension of 22 sts and 30 rows it does feel a little lean for a DK but it has a generous metreage of 250m per 50g. There is a choice of 10 intensely coloured graded shades available including shade 109 Salsa, shown here. Design support can be found in the Amitola pattern brochure and includes patterns for both garments and accessories. Hand washing is recommended.

Composition: 80% wool, 20% silk

Weight: 50g

Length: 250m

Rec needle size: 3.75 -4mm

RRP: £6.95

Contact: Designer Yarns Ltd

Units 8-10

Newbridge Industrial Estate

Pitt Street


West Yorkshire

BD21 4PQ

Tel: 01535 664222

Email: enquiries@designeryarns.uk.com

Website: www.designeryarns.uk.com

7. SMC Molly

SMC Molly is a 100% acrylic yarn with an innovative looped construction that makes it both easy and quick to knit. Despite its bulk I found it very soft and lightweight with a very stable structure and when knitted, its dense appearance reminded me a bit of astrakhan. It has a very soft handle and comes in a broad colour range including natural and bright fashion shades, such as shade 69 shown here, which makes it ideal for both clothing and accessories. There is plenty of pattern support available for both kids and adults in the Inspiration 044 Kids Party and Inspiration 039 Family Accessories booklets. Cold machine washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 100% acrylic

Weight: 50g

Length: 45m

Rec needle size: 6-7mm

RRP: £2.95

Contact: Coats Crafts UK

Green Lane Mill


West Yorkshire


Tel: 01484 681881

Email: consumer.ccuk@coats.com

Website: www.knitsmc.com




8. Rowan Kidsilk Haze Trio

Kidsilk Haze Trio is the latest addition to the ever-popular Kidsilk Haze family. It is the same superbly soft blend of 70% kid mohair and 30% silk but with three ends twisted together which makes it a chunkier yarn with subtle colouring. There's a choice of six marled shades including 793 Hawthorn, shown here. As you would expect from Rowan, the designs for this yarn are easy to wear with a modern twist and include sweaters and dresses from the likes of Marie Wallin, Lisa Richardson and Martin Storey. The Kidsilk Haze Trio brochure is priced at £5.95. Cold hand washing is recommended.

Composition: 70% super kid mohair, 30% silk

Weight: 50

Length: 140m

Rec needle size: 5.5mm

RRP: £14

Contact: Rowan

Green Lane Mill


West Yorkshire


Tel: 01484 681881

Email: mail@knitrowan.com

Website: www.knitrowan.com


9. Wendy Thor Super Chunky

Thor is a wool/fine alpaca/acrylic blend that knits up as a super chunky yarn amazingly fast on 15mm needles. The yarn is made up of multicoloured, ormulti-tonal, fibres wrapped with a synthetic binder which, when knitted, produces lots of gentle variations within each colour. There are eight shades available in both neutral and brighter tones, like shade1985 Aurora shown here. With a free cowl pattern printed on the back of the ball band it is ideal for gift knits and accessories. That said it is extremely light to wear despite its bulk, which means it's also ideal for big winter knits. There are five leaflets priced at £2.50 offering pattern support with designs for jackets, cardigans and home accessories. Very gentle machine washing at 30˚c or hand washing is recommended.

Composition: 42% wool, 7% fine alpaca, 50% acrylic


Length: 37m

Rec needle size: 15mm

RRP: £7.50

Contact: Wendy

Thomas Ramsden Group

Netherfield Road


West Yorkshire

LS20 9PD

Tel: 01943 872264

Email: sales@tbramsden.co.uk



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