Dk Baby Yarn this week samples as before done on 3.75mm needles and 3.5mm hook. A Sloppy knitter standard variation for me. These are a selection of the yarns suitable for babies — including a comparision of some merino DK which was interesting. Odd thing discovered with these baby yarns (except the stylecraft) say avoid tumble drying (a good thing for the planet but not new Mums?!) but they will wash in the machine!!
Here we go with Bo Peep from West Yorkshire Spinners……
The yarn is soft in the ball and the balls are a bit sloppy. It is 52% falkland wool, 48% nylon machine washable at 40, dry flat. 50g;112m; band tension 22stx 28 rows. £4.25 Softly spun with 3 plys. The high nylon content means the fabric feels vintage (like all the homemade baby garments I was given when my children were born), it has a nice spring and is substantial bulk to the knitting. The yarn knits easily with a bit of spring, breaking off is better with scissors! It crochets easily but the loose spin split a little if you don’t keep it tight. My crochet square is 9cm x 9cm.
Next Cotton Soft DK from King Cole, 100% cotton yarn is 100g, 210m and band gauge on 4mm is 22st x 28rows. machine wash at 40. Dry flat. £4.75 The ball is substantial and the yarn smooth soft with a slight aura and not tightly spun with 3 ply. This is light and soft to knit with as with most cotton there is no spring so the stretch in the knitting comes from your work. I have 22st and 29 rows the fabric is flat with no garter to stocking stitch roll, on a crisp but soft fabric. My full sample is significantly longer than the others so watch out for patterns which tell you to work so many rows. The crochet fabric is crisp it was nice to crochet with no splitting and I have 9.5cm x 9.5cm. Both fabrics have a fluffy surface which could pill. Scissors needed.
Next Babino from Stylecraft 100% acrylic yarn with 5 plys and a tight spun look. Ball band details are : 100g , 268m 22st x 30 rows 4mm needles; machine wash at 30; cool tumble dry. £2.95 This yarn appriciated being ulled from the ball centre as the plies are softly spun it untwists slightly if worked the other way. The fabric is dense and smooth with strong bounce and stretch, it has good stitch definition. I have 22st and 29 rows for the 10cm square. This yarn feels like a smooth wool when you are working it. The yarn will break but stretches when you do so you get a shaggy tail. The crochet is 8.5cm x 8.5cm and thick with only a little spring. This yarn will split if you don’t keep tension on it.
Merino DK don’t imagine they are all the same, I found subtle differences working the samples one after another. All will snap to break easily. Starting with the discriptions!!
King Cole Luxury Merino superwash currently on offer £3. This says 100% merino superwash.Band info. 22st x 28rows;50g; 140m; Wash @40 dry flat. This is 4 loose spun plys in an rounded thread, soft to touch and smooth in a doughnut ball. Fabric is 24st x 31 rows ( so I could go down another size needle) the fabric is crisp, stretchy, and deep/dense. I liked working with this smooth stretchy yarn but it split with the sharp needle so go blunt and the ball goes a bit floppy. The crochet was 9cm x 9cm and has more diagonal stretch than across . Good stitch definition in both cases.
Yarn Stories Fine Merino DK £5.75. This is 100% wool; 50g; 12m 22st x30 rows (4mm); machine wash at 30. This is a 4plys to the tread giving a soft bulky yarn n a doughnut ball. Knitting with the twist helped the ‘non split’ The thread is soft smooth and springs. It has more visible plies in the ball but not as much definition the the stitches ( no right and left side them) so a smoother fabric. My gauge was 23st x 30rows (could try a smaller needle but may be just need to be aware of st count or sizing whan choosing a pattern). The fabric has good stretch, depth and bounce. The crochet is 9cm x 9cm and firm not as much diagonal stretch.
Adriafil Primula is new to RedApple. Band details are 50g; 150m; 22stx30rows (4mm); machine wash at 30. Doughnut again with a slightly skinnier thread, which is a tighter spin and 4plies, it is smooth and very springy. The samples knits and crochets well no splitting. I got 24st x 30 rows, the fabric is lighter than the other two not as dense and has a little more bounce back (This lightness is common with their other products). The Crochet is 8.5cm square with equal give diagonally and across. Both have good stitch definition.
Next week I’m going to tackle British 100% wool — I hope