Friday, April 01, 2016

Candidate for new favorite sweater yarn?

I'm always on the lookout for a good sweater yarn. Something that is the right weight (about fingering to sport) looks good, feels good, behaves well (doesn't stretch or shrink or do other weird things), and most of all, doesn't pill.

I can't tell you how many sweaters I've made that look like they've been worn for years after just a couple of days of wear, or sometimes even before the damn thing is finished. I have finally learned my lesson that non-pilling is the most important quality in a sweater yarn, and it's worth paying a little extra money for. Even if I could knit two sweater out of cheap yarn for the price of one made out of good yarn, I've got far more use for one good sweater than two that look terrible.
Enter Mohawk Wool (the gray yarn here):

It's the right weight. It looks good and feels good. It behaves well.* And most of all, so far no evidence of pilling!

To be perfect, the yarn would be 100 % natural fibers. Mohawk feels quite woolly, but it actually has 10 % nylon. Oh, well. I guess you just can't have it all. The rest of the yarn is 60% Merino and 30% Romney Wool. One drawback is that Mohawk only comes in natural colors, ranging from off-white to dark gray and brown. Those are great colors for sweaters, but I do hope they expand their color selection at some point.

I used Mohawk to make Paulie, as seen here. 

Pattern: Paulie by Isabell Kraemer
Yarn: 350 g or 3.5 skeins Mohawk (about 1290 yards) and 85 g of Mad Hatter gradient mini skeins (about 200 yards)
Needles: 3.5 mm circular
Size: L
Thoughts: Thumbs up! It's comfy and fits well, and I love the yarns (both of them) and the colors.

I was also happy to find buttons to match from my LYS, Lakeside Yarn

*I initially had some concerns about biasing. I use a center-pull ball and usually have no problems with the little bit of twist it adds/removes. This time there was a noticeable amount of biasing in the bottom and center section of the body, which I suspect was caused by not enough twist. However, after wet blocking and when I'm wearing the sweater, I don't notice it.

1 comment:

AnniKainen said...

Voi kuinka kaunis, ajaton villatakki! Asiaa puhuit eli hyvä on neulojan löytää nyppyyntymätöntä lankaa :)