May 15, 2011

Yarn: Berroco Lustra, 50% Wool/50% Tencel aran weight yarn in Aubergine  

Needles: 4.5 mm / US 7

Gauge: 5 sts and 5 rows per inch

Stitch Pattern: Three-and-One Pattern

Source: BW1, p. 94.

Comments: This is a pretty basic slipped-stitch pattern which gives a very nice texture.  It is not, however, done justice by this rather unpleasant yarn.  I got this sample of it from a colleague - it's made up of several long-ish lengths, leftover from a capelet she just made.  The yarn is single-ply, loosely spun, and with zero memory.  Stretch it too much, and it simply breaks.  Its very soft, sure, and it has a nice shine to it (if you like that sort of thing), but it is not likely to hold up to much.  And what is tencel anyway?!  Actually, I know this one - Lyocell (the generic version of the trademarked Tencel) is mashed up wood pulp, which is then chemically broken down into sludge, squeezed through a sieve-like thing to make it into long strands, and then spun into fibre.  Doesn't that sound like something you want to knit with? (not that I'm a natural-fibres snob or anything...)   ;)

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