We’re trying something new with our yarn reviews! Instead of showing you a bunch of new yarns, all in a single swatch, we’re showing you just one yarn but in several different swatches.
I hope this deep-dive will be helpful!
But first, the details of the yarn…
70% Cotton, 30% Polyester
Knitting Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows over 4″ using a size 6/4 mm needle
Crochet Gauge: 20 sc and 24 rows over 4″ using a size F/3.75 mm hook
Quaker Ridging (Knit)
The yarn seems made for this type of stitch!
While the yarn is a tweed, it doesn’t seem to fight this type of pattern. I can easily see both the ridges and the tweed’s color changes.
I knit this next swatch in a knit/purl texture. Can you see the little triangles?
While I can see they’re there, they’re not as pronounced. The yarn isn’t highlighting them.
This is a great example of pairing gone wrong. The excellent yarn seems to fight this stitch pattern.
This doesn’t mean it’s a bad yarn – at all! But it does show you that you need to be smart about your yarn choice for a given pattern.
Every yarn does NOT pair equally well with every stitch pattern.
Wave Stitch (crochet)
I also wanted to see how it did in a crochet project. Would that be any different?
I’m happy to say that it worked equally well in crochet!
Don’t Do This
I started out making a crochet swatch in a pattern that required me to be able to see the previous row and insert my hook in the right place.
I found that EXTREMELY hard. The combination of the tweed and the color variation just made it impossible for me to see where I needed to go.
This was a great learning for me (both as a crocheter and as a yarn reviewer) – doing these deep dives won’t always result in a great swatch. In other words, doing these deep dives will take more time.
I think it’s time well-spent, but you tell me. What do you think?
About the Instructor: Jody Richards
Jody is the founder and lead editor of Knotions. She loves poring over stitch dictionaries and trying out new stitches.
And while she likes all things crafting (well ok, except that one thing), yarn crafts are her true love (and she has the stash to prove it).