Knitting 112 Yarn Review

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Jeanette Sloan looks at the latest yarns to whet your appetite.

1 King Cole Maxi- Lite

Maxi-Lite is a super chunky blend of 72% premium acrylic, 25% wool and 3% polyester. It's very softly twisted and has a slightly uneven texture that's wonderfully forgiving for the not-quite-perfect tension of new knitters. With a standard tension of 10 sts and 14 rows it's quick to knit on 10mm needles producing a soft, lightweight fabric with plump, textured stitches. As well as being warm to wear, it's excellent value for money per 100g ball and there are 12 great shades to choose from including shade Denim, shown here. Design support is available in a collection of eight classic designs for women, which includes a cabled sweater dress and a jacket worked in basket stitch. Gentle washing at 30˚c is recommended. It can also be tumble dried on a cool setting.


Composition: 72% premium acrylic, 25% wool, 3% polyester

Weight: 100g

Length: 100m

Rec needle size: 10mm

RRP: £4.79

Contact: King Cole

Merrie Mills

Elliott Street


West Yorkshire

BD20 0DE

T: 01535 650230




2 Blacker Swan Falkland Islands Wool DK

Blacker Swan Falkland Islands Wool DK is a collaboration between UK company Blacker Yarns and Swan Inlet Farm based in the Falkland Islands. Falkland farmed merino fleeces are blended with wool from Sue Blacker's black Blue-faced Leicester sheep and Shetland Moorit sheep from Somerset to create four natural coloured base shades; ivory, white, fawn and grey. Blacker Yarns then over dye the yarn to create a collection of 13 more beautiful shades, each with names inspired by wild flowers found in the Falklands such as the dusky pink Teaberry shown above. The resulting yarn is wonderfully soft, smooth to knit and has a multi tonal richness within each shade rather than being 'flat' in colour. It has excellent stitch definition and with a standard tension of 20 sts and 28 rows to 10cm you'll find no shortage of patterns to support it, although there are dedicated patterns available as both hard copies and downloads from the website. Cool hand washing at 40˚c is recommended.


Composition: 100% pure new wool

Weight: 50g Length: 110m

Rec needle size: 4mm RRP: £8

Contact: Blacker Yarns

Unit B Pipers Court

Pennygillam Way, Launceston

Cornwall PL15 7PJ

T: 01566 777635




3 SMC Select Alegretto

Alegretto is a chunky blend of 40% polyacryl, 30% polyamid and 30% mohair and has a knitted tubular construction. The mohair content gives it just the right amount of 'fluffiness' and with a recommended needle size of 10-12mm it knits up quickly with lightweight, yet voluminous results. It has a standard tension of 8 sts and 12 rows to 10cm and is an ideal yarn for quick knits and accessories. For larger sized projects the Highlights 003 booklet includes contemporary designs for women with a focus on oversized silhouettes and simple stitch patterns. There's a colour palette of 12 shades to suit all tastes including rich red, classic navy, vibrant orange, and the palest lime green, shown here. Gentle dry cleaning or hand washing at 30˚c
is recommended.


Composition: 40% polyacryl,
30% polyamid, 30% mohair

Weight: 50g

Length: 32m

Rec needle size: 10-12mm

RRP: £4.50

Contact: Coats Crafts UK

Green Lane Mill


West Yorkshire


T: 01484 681881




4 Lang Concept Color

Lang Concept Color is a blend of 23% kid mohair, 45% polyamid/nylon and 32% acrylic, which has an intriguing and unusual construction. Five different coloured strands of fibre are intermittently joined to a flat nylon core creating a multi-coloured braid with pinched, rounded edges. The resulting yarn is lightweight and soft with a metreage of 55m and a standard tension of 10 sts and 16 rows on size 7-8mm needles. When knitted up the soft colour mixes create a subtle tweedy effect with nine shades to choose from, including shade 825.48 Vintage Pink shown above. Pattern support, which includes both garments and accessories, can be found in the Fatto a Mano 190 and 192 booklets. Gentle washing at 30˚c is recommended and it can also
be dry cleaned.


Composition: 23% kid mohair, 45% polyamid/nylon, 32% acrylic

Weight: 50g

Length: 55m

Rec needle size: 7-8mm

RRP: £6.50

Contact: Art Yarn

10 High Street




NG34 0LX

T: 01529 240510



5 DY Baby Joy DK

From a stable of well-known luxury brands, Designer Yarns have now launched a value for money range called DY Choice. Baby Joy DK is a high quality synthetic blend of 55% polyacrylic and 45% polyamide with a generous metreage of 175m per 50g. It knits up evenly with a standard tension of 22 sts and 30 rows to 10cm on needle sizes 3.25-4mm needles so there'll be a wealth of baby patterns in your library that can be updated using this yarn. If you're looking for larger projects for other members of the family there's also a large range of men's, children's and ladies' garments and accessory patterns on offer. The palette of 12 classic colours is a mixture of gentle pastels and bolder shades such as Red, Navy and Fuchsia, shown here. Washing at 30˚c is recommended.


Composition: 55% polyacrylic, 45% polyamide

Weight: 50g

Length: 175m

Rec needle size: 3.25-4mm

RRP: £2.95

Contact: Designer Yarns Ltd

Units 8-10

Newbridge Industrial Estate

Pitt Street


West Yorkshire

BD21 4PQ

T: 01535 664222




6 Herdy Wool

Herdy Wool is a 100% wool yarn, which, in line with the company's aim to source products from within the UK, is entirely British. It is a plied chunky yarn that knits up evenly and smoothly with a standard tension of 14 sts and
19 rows on 6.5mm needles. With a selection of seven of Herdy's recogniseably funky, vibrant colours, including Herdy Blue shown here, it's bound to attract both new and experienced knitters alike although it's also ideal for crochet, whether you're making fashion accessories, home furnishings or garments. Whilst Herdy don't currently produce patterns to support the yarn there'll be no shortage of patterns available from other sources
(just try browsing the web).
Hand washing is recommended but it can also be felted in the washing machine, just do a couple of tests before committing your finished project. 


Composition: 100% Wool

Weight: 100g

Length: 105m

Rec needle size: 6.5mm

RRP: £7.99

Contact: The Herdy Company

College Street



The Lake District

LA22 9SZ

T: 01539 739202




7 Stylecraft Swift Knit Super Chunky

As the name suggests, Swift Knit Super Chunky is a pretty chunky blend of 80% premium wool and 20% wool. It knits up quickly and easily on 10mm needles with well defined results and a standard tension of 8.5 sts and 12 rows to 10cm. It's very lightweight to wear, despite its bulk, and each of the eight shades in the range is multi-tonal with accent colours like deep turquoise and copper adding interest to shades like 2045 Chameleon, shown here. There's a collection of 10 easy to wear designs available, which are ideal for all the family and include sweaters, cardigans and jackets worked in simple ribs and mega cable structures. Gentle machine washing at 30˚c is recommended, it can also be tumble dried on a cool setting or dry cleaned with care.


Composition: 80% premium wool, 20% wool

Weight: 100g

Length: 60m

Rec needle size: 10mm

RRP: £3.99

Contact: Styelcraft Yarns

PO Box 62

Goulbourne Street


West Yorkshire

BD21 1PP

T: 01535 609798




8 Artesano British Wool

British Wool is a new addition to Artesano's growing range of yarns. It's a 100% wool chunky weight yarn that is spun and dyed in the UK by Yorkshire-based company Laxtons, thereby supporting the UK's farming and manufacturing industries. It's beautifully rounded with a gentle lustre and it knits up evenly with well-defined results making it ideal for plain knits or ribbed and textured stitches. It has a standard tension of 13 sts and 18 rows to 10cm on 7mm needles and there are 12 well chosen colours
in the range, including shade 02 Gray shown here. Pattern support for this yarn can be found in the British Wool Collection booklet
that features over 12 accessory
and garment designs for women and children. Washing at 30˚c
is recommended.


Composition: 100% British wool

Weight: 100g

Length: 105m

Rec needle size: 7mm

RRP: £8.95

Contact: Artesano

Unit G

Lambs Farm Business Park

Basingstoke Road





T: 0118 9503350



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