The second of two yarn reviews…
This week I have knitted up Knitshop Mercerized Cotton 4-ply. Mercerized cotton isn’t a material I’ve used before, quite honestly. Cotton in general is touted as more suitable for crochet, especially lighter weights. Maybe one day if I get into crochet I will pay attention to that convention. For now, let us knit!
Needle size: 3mm
I assumed this was going to be a slippery pain in the butt to knit up but in the end only the first few rows were fiddly. I think this swatch came out pretty neat!
The colourway here is ‘Oyster’. The fabric is rather smooth and not particularly soft or drapey. Less than I was expecting anyway. Maybe some washing would sort that out?
…not really! There’s little change after washing as you can see. It was certainly easy to block into shape though. 28 sts and 36 rws to a 4″ square.
Note: This swatch took forever to dry!
Mercerized cotton is super-tough and does not fuzz up much at all so there’s no need to worry about loss of stitch definition over time. However, I found it very easy to distort. This is one of those cotton yarns that just stays where you put it, even once it’s dried.
I also get the impression that the recommended needle size of 3mm might not be the best for knitwear. If it was at a larger gauge it might hang better and the lack of elasticity might not be so noticable.
Knitshop cotton comes in some really nice colours (lots of jewel tones) so I’d like to say if you were going to knit with this stuff, it would be ideal for glamorous fitted summery tops. It’s shine would also make for some spectacular lace – maybe something like this pattern?
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