Yarn Review Issue 107

Monday, October 8, 2012

Jeanette Sloan looks at the latest new season yarns

1. Debbie Bliss Winter Garden

Winter Garden is one of Debbie's brand new yarns for autumn/winter. An unusual and luxurious mix of 30% Merino wool, 30% baby llama, 20% silk and 20% linen, it is made up of two ends of roving softly twisted together and has a gentle tweed appearance with tiny flecks of colour throughout the length of the yarn. It actually feels very light for a yarn that knits up on 9mm needles so any large winter garments won't be too heavy. There is a range of eight colours, each with names inspired by nature including Bark - a deep brown with turquoise accents - and Heather, shown here. There is a supporting booklet, also called Winter Garden, which includes 10 easy -to-wear designs for women using simple structures such as rib, moss and lace stitches. Hand washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 30% baby llama, 30% merino wool, 20% silk, 20% linen

Weight: 100g

Length: 100m

Rec needle size: 9mm

RRP: £12.95

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

2. SMC Select Extra Soft Merino Alpaca

Extra Soft Merino Alpaca is a beautifully soft blend of 80% merino wool and 20% alpaca. It knits up smoothly with well-defined results to a standard DK tension, which means that it's an easy way to update your existing library of double knitting patterns. It is also an easy yarn to care for as the merino has been Superwash treated making the yarn machine washable at 30˚c on a wool cycle. There is an impressive palette of 21 colours available including shade 06067, shown here, and pattern support can be found in the Highlights 003 booklet.

Composition: 80% Superwash merino wool, 20% baby alpaca

Weight: 50g

Length: 130m

Rec needle size: 3-4mm

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

3. Sirdar Folksong

Folksong is a soft chunky yarn that consists of a variegated wool twisted with a light coloured acrylic fibre and then plied together five times. The result is a strong, well-rounded yarn with a springy texture and a brightness that comes from the shiny acrylic content that lifts each colour. It knits up quickly on 6.5mm needles with a standard tension of 14 sts and 19 rows and there's a collection of ladies' designs available from Sirdar, including sweaters, jackets and small accessories. Although it's a new yarn to Sirdar's autumn range the colour range has a summery feel with a choice of eight shades including 382 Fireglow, shown here. Gentle machine washing on a wool cycle at 40˚c is recommended.

Composition: 51% wool 49% acrylic

Weight: 50g

Length: 80m

Rec needle size: 6.5mm

RRP: £3.63

Contact: Sirdar Spinning Ltd

Flanshaw Lane


West Yorkshire


Tel: 01924 371501

Email: enquiries@sirdar.co.uk 

Website: www.sirdar.co.uk 


4. Twilleys Misty DK

Misty is a warming addition to the Twilleys range. It is a lovely blend of 35% alpaca, 20% wool and 45% Dralon making it an ideal balance of warmth and durablility and therefore ideal for cardigans, sweaters and accessories.

There is a choice of eight muted shades with names inspired by the countryside such as Winter Snow, Lilac Haze and Morning Meadow, shown here.

In terms of pattern support there is a collection of garment and accessory designs for both men and women in six single leaflets as well as Book 471, which includes the Scarf Neck Jacket, Jacket with Patterned Bands and Heart Sweater. Gentle machine-washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 35% superfine alpaca, 20% wool, 45% Dralon

Weight: 50g

Length: 130m

Rec needle size: 4mm

RRP: £4.35

Contact: Thomas B. Ramsden & Co.

Netherfield Road



LS20 9PD

Tel: 01943 872264

Email: enquiries@tbramsden.co.uk

Website: www.tbramsden.co.uk

5. Rowan Tweed Aran

Tweed Aran is a new addition to the Rowan Tweed family. It is a beautifully soft, traditionally spun tweed yarn made in one of the few surviving mills in Yorkshire, with the same softly spun construction as the 4ply Fine Tweed. The yarn has an irregular slub-like feel as it passes through your fingers and this adds lots of textural interest to the fabric when it's knitted up. There are lots of different tones in each of the 12 shades that give the colours great depth. It is shown here in shade Nidd. Hand washing is recommended.


Composition: 100% wool


Weight: 50g


Length: 96m


Rec needle size: 4.5 -5mm


RRP: £5.50

Contact: Green Lane Mill


West Yorkshire


Tel: 01484 681881

Email: mail@knitrowan.com

Website: www.knitrowan.com


6. Rico Design Fashion Kid Mohair Multi

Fashion Kid Mohair Multi is an extremely lightweight blend of 34% kid mohair, 30% acrylic, 22% polyester and 14% wool. It is beautifully soft with a subtle blur of warmth rather than the extreme hairiness that comes with some long fibre mohair yarns. It has a generous metreage of 112m per 25g and knits to a standard tension of 15 sts and 21 rows on a 5mm needle. There are eight multicolour fashion shades including the gentle smoky shade shown here. This is a great yarn for either plain or lace stitches. Hand wash only.

Composition: 34% kid mohair, 30% acrylic, 22% polyester, 14% wool

Weight: 25g

Length: 112m

Rec needle size: 5mm

RRP: £2.99

Contact: Crafty Yarn

Tel: 01793 855535

Email: info@crafty-yarn.co.uk

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


7. Wendy Celtic

Celtic is a chunky roving blend of 30% wool and 70% acrylic. It knits to a standard tension of 14 sts and 20 rows on 6.5mm needles and despite its bulk is surprisingly lightweight when knitted up. There are eight tweed effect shades available with names inspired by the Celtic outdoors such as Gorse, Capercaillie and Ptarmigan, shown here. With such a broad colour selection it's an excellent unisex yarn. In terms of pattern support there are six leaflets available featuring both ladies and unisex designs including a cable sweater, hat and even boot trims. Gentle washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 30% wool 70% acrylic


Length: 85 m

Rec needle size: 6.5mm


Contact: Thomas B. Ramsden & Co.

Netherfield Road



LS20 9PD

Tel: 01943 872 264

Email: enquiries@tbramsden.co.uk

Website: www.tbramsden.co.uk


8. Rico Design Creative Relax

Creative Relaxis a chunky blend of 51% polyacrylic, 27% polyester and 22% wool with a knitted tubular construction and flattened felted appearance.

It knits up very quickly on 12mm needles creating a dense fabric that grades beautifully through the multiple shades that make up each colourway. It is an ideal yarn for scarves, hats and other quick winter accessories and there are graded shades available including shade XX shown above. Gentle washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 51% polyacrylic 27% polyester 22% wool

Weight: 100g

Length: 60m

Rec needle size: 12mm

RRP: £6.75

 Contact: Crafty Yarn

Tel: 01793 855535

Email: info@crafty-yarn.co.uk

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

9. Shreya Silk Earl Aran

Ear Aran is a wonderfully woven and combed yarn made from 100% pure mulberry silk. It has an intense lustre and soft handle that you would expect from a pure silk yarn and slips smoothly through the fingers as you knit. Being an Aran weight yarn it knits to a tension of 18 sts and 24 rows which means it is ideal for either summer or winter knits, although it also works well for crochet projects. It is currently available in four semi solid colours including shade 003 browns/golds shown here. Hand washing at 30˚c is recommended.

Composition: 100% mulberry silk

Weight: 100g

Length: 180m

Rec needle size: 5-6mm

RRP: £14.50

Contact: Luxury Yarns

Tel: 020 8742 3430

Website: www.luxuryyarns.co.uk


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