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Yarn Review: Variegated Yarns PLUS free diamond knitting stitch pattern

14th January 2019

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Yarn Review: Variegated Yarns PLUS free diamond knitting stitch pattern

Each month, we get together with a group of real knitters to test our yarn and ask them for their honest opinions. These are the results! Variegated yarn is a perfect way to add character to your work. This multicoloured yarn’s self-patterning nature allows you to create easy colour changes without having do to a thing! This month, our panel was set the task of reviewing yarn to help you choose your favourite colour combination.

About the Group
The group which scored these yarns meet at Ewe in Yarn. Based in the market town of Thirsk, Ewe and Yarn aims to provide a bright and relaxed atmosphere where you can browse and squish yarn to your heart’s content. The shop offers a range of products including big-name brands like Stylecraft as well as supporting smaller independent brands such as baa ram ewe. It’s open to anyone looking to browse, buy, chat, squish or knit – you’ll be sure to find something to satisfy your needs.

STITCH PATTERN: Diamonds
Worked over a multiple of 9 sts
Row 1 (RS): *P1, k8; rep from * to end.
Row 2: *K1, p6, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 3: *P3, k4, p2; rep from * to end.
Row 4: *K3, p2, k4; rep from * to end.
Row 5: Purl.
Row 6: Repeat Row 4.
Row 7: Repeat Row 3.
Row 8: Repeat Row 2.
Repeat: Rows 1 -8.

Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball

Details
Aran; 440m per 150g ball; 58% cotton, 39% acrylic, 3% other

Testers’ Scores
Testers described it as: Cosy
They would use it for: Shawl
How enjoyable was it to knit with? 3.1/5
How happy are you with your swatch? 2.9/5
How do you rate the colour? 3.8/5
How hardwearing does it feel? 3/5
How soft is it against your skin? 3.9/5
What percentage of the group would buy this yarn? 60%

Hayfield Spirit DK

Details
DK; 345m per 100g ball; 80% acrylic, 20% wool

Testers’ Scores
Testers described it as: Soft
They would use it for: Jumpers
How enjoyable was it to knit with? 3.8/5
How happy are you with your swatch? 3.7/5
How do you rate the colour? 4/5
How hardwearing does it feel? 4.2/5
How soft is it against your skin? 3.8/5
What percentage of the group would buy this yarn? 70%

West Yorkshire Spinners Bo Peep 4-ply

Details
4-ply; 200m per 50g ball; 52% wool, 48% nylon

Testers’ Scores
Testers described it as: Delicate
They would use it for: Baby clothes
How enjoyable was it to knit with? 4.6/5
How happy are you with your swatch? 4.7/5
How do you rate the colour? 5/5
How hardwearing does it feel? 4.2/5
How soft is it against your skin? 3.8/5
What percentage of the group would buy this yarn? 100%

Scheepjes Our Tribe

Details
4-ply; 420m per 100g ball; 70% superwash Merino wool, 30% polyamide

Testers’ Scores
Testers described it as:
They would use it for:
How enjoyable was it to knit with? 3.8/5
How happy are you with your swatch? 4.6/5
How do you rate the colour? 3.8/5
How hardwearing does it feel? 4.4/5
How soft is it against your skin? 4.2/5
What percentage of the group would buy this yarn? 90%

Grundl Pacific Lace

Details
3-ply; 550m per 100g ball; 80% acrylic 10% wool 10% alpaca

Testers’ Scores
Testers described it as: Supple
They would use it for: Lacework
How enjoyable was it to knit with? 3.6/5
How happy are you with your swatch? 4.2/5
How do you rate the colour? 4.6/5
How hardwearing does it feel? 3.2/5
How soft is it against your skin? 4.2/5
What percentage of the group would buy this yarn? 80%

Stylecraft Wondersoft Merry-go-round

Details
DK; 294m per 100g ball; 100% acrylic

Testers’ Scores
Testers described it as: Cosy
They would use it for: Blankets
How enjoyable was it to knit with? 4.7/5
How happy are you with your swatch? 4.7/5
How do you rate the colour? 4.8/5
How hardwearing does it feel? 4.5/5
How soft is it against your skin? 4.3/5
What percentage of the group would buy this yarn? 90%

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