Friday, August 19, 2011

The Newbie & The Knitter: Choosing Yarn

Our first post for The Newbie & The Knitter is one of the most important, I think. It's important to pick the best yarn possible for your project. Kristen has written an excellent post about choosing the right yarn for this project over on her blog. I found it very clear and helpful, as well as full of tips and facts I hadn't known before!

I chose a delectable bamboo yarn for this project in a rich raspberry. I wear this colour a lot, but I don't yet have a jumper in my handmade wardrobe in this shade. Now is the perfect time! Using Kristen's steps, I'll share with you how and why I chose this yarn:

Kristen will be knitting her Cadence jumper in wool, her favourite fibre. While I do enjoy wool hats and gloves, wool jumpers are something I have never been able to wear - too itchy! I wanted as high a natural fibre content as my pocketbook would allow, as I dislike synthetic materials. Bamboo is a renewable resource, which naturally sways my vote as I am spending the next year focusing on sustainable and slow fashion.

I found my yarn at my local yarn outlet shop for 30% off per ball - a bargain! I have used this yarn before for crochet projects and it's a treat to work with!

Cadence calls for an aran (also called worsted) weight yarn. This is a nice, cozy weight which will keep you warm all fall and winter!

Following Kristen's instructions, I looked at the pattern's finished measurements and I will be knitting up a medium or 38.5" bust.

A medium jumper needs 738 yards (675 m) of aran weight yarn. The yarn I chose comes in 95 yard (87 m) balls and I bought 10; 950 yards (870 m). I will have more than enough yarn, as I plan on knitting the pattern as is.

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What yarn have you chosen? Are their any particular fibres you love? Feel free to ask Kristen or I any questions you may have! Kristen, as the expert, is a fountain of information!


Caitlin said...

Hi there - the Patons Bamboo you have chosen seems to be listed as a 5ply wool but aran weight wool is 10ply? Is that right? If so are you needing to adjust the pattern?

Sarah said...

Hi Caitlin! According to the yarn shop and Ravelry, Patons Bamboo is a worsted/aran weight. I am going to be knitting a gauge swatch (which Kristen will walk everyone through) and I'll make any changes I need to after that. I am a loose knitter, so I may need to change needle sizes.

Stacy aka Stacybeads said...

Lovely color! Just a word of warning about bamboo yarn, though--it tends to stretch out of shape like crazy. If you're a loose knitter especially, you might need to tighten up considerably to compensate for that.

Liz said...

Pretty pattern. I am very tempted to join in.

Meg the Grand said...

I am hoping to pick out my yarn this weekend! *Squee* So excited!

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