For this week’s yarn review I decided to review the KnitCol yarn that I used in the capelet project that I featured on the blog this morning. I wish that I had taken photos of it as just a ball of yarn. I also started a couple of things with it that I frogged and I wish I had photos of that as well. I am just starting to get in the habit of doing these yarn reviews so those little details should get better with time! That said, here’s my review of KnitCol which is part of the Adriafil Collection by Plymouth Yarns.
This is a DK Weight yarn that is 100% superwash wool. It comes 137 yards (or 50 grams) to a ball. I purchased two balls for about $10 each, which was enough to make the small capelet featured earlier today on the blog and shown here:
The reason that I was initially drawn to this yarn was because I loved the colorways offered. Each of the balls is made up of several different colors including at least one section that is a multi-color strand. In the ball that I chose there was a green/white blend that you can sort of see in my capelet picture along with several shades of blue, green and tan. The color is beautiful in the balls and I think the end result of how it looks in my capelet is pretty, too.
However, I actually found it difficult to make a pretty product with the colorway once I started working with it. I get the impression that this yarn is really designed for knitters and wonder if the color works up more easily in a knit product than a crochet one. (Since I don’t knit, I can’t say but there are some knit patterns on the website that look a little bit more intentional in terms of the color striping.)
It took awhile playing around with different types of stitches and different products to find a way that showed off the colors well. I tried both a scarf and a cowl before settling on the capelet and I tried several stitch patterns before settling on one. I just didn’t like the one that the colors were pooling and splotching in any of the initial designs. That said, that’s a little bit of the fun of playing with such a multi-colored yarn (and I wonder if I’m going to have the same experience when I get around to playing with that Crazy Zauberball I finally bought while I was on vacation!)
I only played with the one colorway (number 43, if it has a name I can’t find it) but there are some others I think are pretty based on online photos:
The Feel of the Yarn
The yarn is superwash wool and you can tell that when you touch it. What I mean by that is that it’s got a little bit of that scratchy roughness that you typically get with wool but it’s mostly soft to the touch. Holding the ball itself the yarn feels very soft. Once I made the capelet I found that the worked up fabric (using a large-ish hook) was soft in a spongy kind of way. It has some bounce to it (when you pull on the fabric, it snaps back into place). I find wearing the capelet to be comfortable even where it grazes against the skin.
How I Am Using this Yarn
As I’ve made abundantly clear I used this year to make the capelet featured on the blog earlier today (which can be worn in many different ways as you can see from the photos in that full post). I used a combination of hdc stitches and crossed double crochet stitches (one row then the next). These stitches were tall enough to show off the colors in the yarn but short enough that you got decent-sized rows of color stripes (in my opinion).
Conclusion: I’m iffy about whether or not I would use this yarn again. With so many other yarns to try it’s not really at the top of my list. That said, I think it’s pretty and would recommend to others to at least try it once if it appeals to you.