yarn review: Linus by Knit One Crochet Two

scottly's picture

Aran / 47% wool, 30% acrylic & 23% alpaca. - I love working with this yarn. At first I was sceptical because of the acrylic content but it knits and blocks beautifully. It's not horribly expensive and comes in some really nice natural color ways. I knitted both a beret and scarf in this and both turned our very nicely.

By the way, I would love to read yarn reviews by the members here especially some of odd blends that are available these days. I'm alway looking for a new yarn experience. Also, as I try new fibers I'll post my thoughts on them.

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Tallguy's picture

The same yarn can be good

The same yarn can be good and bad if used in different situations. Socks require a hard-wearing yarn, which can be made of any fibre, but they need to be spun in a way especially for socks. A really nice soft yarn that would be excellent for a scarf would not do well for socks. Socks demand a yarn that will withstand a lot of pressure and rubbing. A single is not that great, no matter how tightly it was twisted. A 5-ply yarn is better, because only a small amount of the fibres are actually on the surface -- there are 5 other strands to carry the brunt of the wearing. So it can be a little softer spun, in a mulit-ply yarn, and still be hard-wearing.

Pills are caused by the ends of fibres that work themselves loose from the rest of the yarn and tangle with other fibres that are loose as well and make a knotted ball that is still attached to the fabric. That indicates that the fibres are not well locked into the yarn itself. Some fibres are especially prone to have ends that work loose, such as mohair or many of the fine wools, so you would need to be sure to put enough twist in the singles to hold them tightly. Sometimes a lot of short fibres are used in the yarns, which really should have been removed but for economic purposes are kept in, and those work loose very easily.

Again, if the garment is not going to receive a lot of wear (rubbing), then a looser yarn can be safely used. Something like the sides of a sweater, which get a lot of pills where arms are rubbing against the body constantly, or socks, may need a different type of yarn to withstand the amount of wear that area of the garment receives.

Choosing the right yarn is an art in itself!
http://home.howstuffworks.com/how-to-knit2.htm
http://blog.lionbrand.com/2009/12/14/choosing-the-right-yarn/
http://knitting.about.com/od/knittingskills/a/substitute_yarn.htm

scottly's picture

You bring up a great point

You bring up a great point Albert in that how a yarn ages. I knit lots of socks and would love to hear what yarns really last on your feet.

ronhuber's picture

I only knit socks with

I only knit socks with Paton's Kroy sock yarn. My socks last for years and I only wear hand knit socks.
Using small needles helps as wel.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Had a pair of lovely alpaca

Had a pair of lovely alpaca socks that only made it through one wearing and washing. [I still think #$%&@# M*ths got into them somehow.] However, they were knit in handspun Bolivian Tree Frog sock weight and the yarn may not have been strong enough. Next time, I think sport weight would be better. Luckily, there's enough left over yarn to just rip out and reknit the pair. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Good thoughts, Scott. I

Good thoughts, Scott. I know some of the postings involve discussion on the yarns used but it is nice to have a review just for yarn. I know I'll avoid the yarn Albert mentions...once I stop using stash only. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

vsidart's picture

Albert- which yarn was it?

Albert-
which yarn was it? we've been thinking about ordering more of their yarns.... would be glad for the feedback before we ordered!

albert's picture

It was Knitpicks Wool of the

It was Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Claret Heather. Not happy with the performance, and if I remember correctly, RonHuber has commented similarly in the past about this brand of yarn.

ronhuber's picture

Which means I won't have to

Which means I won't have to bother saying it again. Very poor experience.

steve kadel's picture

my alpaca pills like

my alpaca pills like crazy

all i know of love, is love is all there is

albert's picture

Thanks for this review

Thanks for this review Scott. I was planning to post a question asking you folks to opine on what you consider to be the best quality yarns. This is prompted by the performance of the Knitpicks yarn I used to knit my recent F.O. sweater, which after being worn a few times by my friend Francis now looks like a rabid rat (the sweater, not Francis). Pills? Think elephant pills! Anyway, I too would love to hear the thoughts of others on the yarns they have used.