Quick Request

Yes, I’m still alive…and I do plan on creating a proper post over the weekend.
For now though, I need your help and advice!
Warm weather yarns: What warm weather yarn would you recommend that is:

  • 5 stitches per inch (I’ll go to 6 stitches per inch, but I really don’t want to go to a bulkier yarn than 5 unless it’s really really special)
  • Has good memory. I’ve been afraid to use a 100% cotton because it could stretch out and grow while wearing it, but tell me if I’m wrong!
  • Has nice drape.
  • Has good adult colors. There are some really nice cotton blends that seem to be especially for baby.

So whaddya think? Let me know and I’ll be back over the weekend to share what I’ve been working on (although I should warn you that it’s been mostly work and little play knit).

29 thoughts on “Quick Request

  1. I got most of my summer yarns from http://www.elann.com. I look for 50% cotton/50% acrylic and have never been disappointed. No stretching or shrinking. Pretty soon more of them will come up on the site as spring approaches. I like the DK wt yarns knit at 5.5 sts per inch so they’re not too heavy.

  2. I second Chris … Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece is a wonderful yarn. Great to work with, loads of colors, and machine wash and dryable.

  3. i’m also a big fan of brown sheep cotton fleece, they have DK weight, too. it is really a lovely yarn. so easy to work with. and i’ve used for two projects already!

  4. i’m also a big fan of brown sheep cotton fleece, they have DK weight, too. it is really a lovely yarn. so easy to work with. and i’ve used for two projects already!

  5. I love Cotton Fleece. I have not used it for cables, but I did use it for an adult sweater and a couple of baby sweaters and it kept its shape nicely. I knit mine to 21 sts/4 in — 1/4 stitch/in tighter than recommended and I like that gauge much better than 20 sts/4in. What a difference something so small can make!!
    I made this sweater — http://aswiminknits.blogspot.com/2005/05/dinner-with-parents.html — for my mom with Cotton Fleece, and she loves it, and wears it all the time, like 3 or 4 nights per week. I have not noticed any excessive stretching — a little bit at the elbows, but I think that’s pretty normal. (The sweater is a little oversized, per her specific request, not because of stretching…)
    Cotton Fleece also has a GREAT color range.
    WEBS also has a new yarn that is 50% cotton / 50% acrylic (?) —
    http://www.yarn.com/yarns-knitting/valleyYarns-longmeadow.html. I am planning on buying some to swatch in about a week or so… If I remember, I’ll let you know what I think.

  6. Nay blend of less than 80% cotton. Rowan Wool Cottan, All Season Cotton, or Calmer. Cestari Cotton Blend or Silk Blend. Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. And of course my favorite was LB Cotton Ease.

  7. What about the RYC yarns? The Cashcotton is really nice! I do love the Rowan Wool Cotton, but it knits at a bit smaller gauge. Goddess yarns has some nice cotton blends, as well.

  8. I’ve used Rowan Calmer and it has a lot of good stretch to it. I saw someone knitting with WEBS new Longmeadow this morning, same fiber composition as Calmer, but not as stretchy. The longmeadow was looking good knit up, but I have no idea how it’ll wear.

  9. I knit the Tivoli tee with Tahki Willow (66% linen, 34% cotton) on US7’s, instead of the recommended US8’s, so my gauge was 5 st/1″. I loved working with the yarn, it’s soft yet crisp, and is softens and blooms in the wash and it is good to dry in a HOT dryer to get the linen fluffy. It’s a great yarn for the hot summer days.

  10. Rowan Calmer is possibly my favorite yarn ever. 5 st/inch, nice stretch and drape, fabulously soft, gorgeous colors. If it was even a little bit less expensive, I might do nothing other than knit myself Calmer sweaters.

  11. Cotton Fleece, Cascade Sierra (80 colors), GGH Bali, Silky Tweed (very drapey and very adult colors), Cashcotton DK, SWTC Bamboo, Classic Elite Premiere (supremely drapey and soft though a tad fuzzy)…

  12. I’m coming out of lurking to recommend SWTC’s bamboo. Made a cami out of it, now I want about five more.

  13. Calmer, Calmer, Calmer. (although I must admit that I find it rather warm to wear, but I’m always hot when other people are not)

  14. I do love Rowan Calmer and I’d use it again and again and again, but it does split so you have to be careful. Debbie Bliss Cathay is also a beautiful yarn with very defined stitch.
    Looking forward to hearing more…

  15. I haven’t tried either of them, but I’m getting some Plymouth DK wildflower in the mail soon to make a cami.
    I also looked into Dale Svale. Cotton, viscose and silk in good colors.
    I like them both because they had nice color pallettes.

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