My First Sweater – Yarn

As I’ve posted I am starting my first sweater: the Briar Rose Tunic. After getting all my measurements ready I had to decide what yarn to buy.  I picked four different yarns and made swatches (from bottom to top):

1. Malabrigo Worsted – Sweet Grape at $10.75 for 210 yd skein

2. Dream in Color Classy – Purple Rain at $19.95 for 250 yd skein

3. Timothy Street Yarns – Dark Blue at $13.00 for 145 yd skein

4. Swish Worsted Superwash – Dublin at $4.49 for 110 yd skein

Of these swatches only the top two, the Timothy Street Yarn and the Swish Worsted, were washed on a delicate cycle in my front load washing machine. The other two were both hand washed only.

The Malabrigo yarn is nice and exactly the color I wanted.  Unfortunately I really don’t like single ply yarn and that took away from it. I also thought after washing the swatch it would fill in a bit but it still felt pretty thin and easily seen through after a few washes.  It would be my second choice and there’s a good chance I would use it in the future.  I’ll just need to adjust the gauge so I can’t see through it.

The Dream in Color was darker than I expected.  It also didn’t stand out much.  It was a little stiff feeling while knitting with it and even after washing the texture wasn’t better than average.  It’s an okay choice but for the price I doubt I go seeking it out.

The Timothy Street Yarn was the clear winner.  I love this yarn.  It felt amazing to knit with.  I liked petting the swatch.  I didn’t get any itchiness out of it.  Plus my stitch definition was great.  I did start to see some fuzziness in the swatch with a few machine washes but I did not see it on the second swatch I was hand washing.  Sadly it’s a pain to order.  The store is in Canada and you have to call in the order.  That meant international shipping for me.  The other downside is this yarn gave me the hardest time while winding. The yarn liked to fly off the ball and leave me with a long tangled strand I had to redo until sometimes I gave up and finished off by hand.

Lastly, the main reason I tried to the Swish Worsted was to look for a cheaper yarn that I could throw in the wash with the rest of my laundry.  As you can see this didn’t work out.  It started felting in the first wash and by the third wash I gave up on it.  I do keep wondering if I ordered the wrong yarn somehow but so far I keep seeing that it was indeed the superwash. This is not the yarn I would use for my sweater.

In summary, I of course picked out the most expensive yarn per yard that I tried.  I ended up buying 9 skeins of this for 1300 yards which I very much hope is enough after I’ve played with the gauge.  This sweater will be the most expensive thing I have knit!

First Sweater Posts:

1. My First Sweater – Measurements
2. My First Sweater – Yarn
3. My First Sweater – Gauge
4. My First Sweater – Casting On
5. My First Sweater – Waist Shaping

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