I thought it would be worthwhile to do a yarn review, following the recent crochet project. So, here goes.
Yarn Name: Pittura – available in most online retailers. May not be in all LYS.
Company: Louisa Harding
Colourway: The one I used is named Starry Night – shades of blue ranging from dark midnight blue to bright electric blue. Within the range, there are 23 shades from which to choose.
Yarn Weight: 4 ply/Sport – 400mtrs per 100g ball
Fibre Content: Superwash Merino 75%, Bamboo Viscose 25%
Price Range: About £10
Look & Feel: The yarn is a lovely and soft type due to the high Merino content, the Bamboo adding a sheen to the yarn. The colour of this one is lovely, and in the sun it glistens on the lighter blue areas. Other colours in the range look equally nice, however I can only comment from viewing on the web for those.
In Use: The majority of the time, this yarn is great. It slips through your fingers nicely, but still allows you to add tension. When using from the centre of the skein, if you can’t find the end, it does end up with yarn barf. It doesn’t seem to be a tangled mess though, so easily sorted.
Stitch definition is good, however, the yarn does have a habit of going through a range of thicknesses within its yardage. This can be extremely fine to DK weight. So, if the project you are planning to work on with this yarn needs consistency, it may not be the most suitable.
At one point, I chopped almost 2 metres and rejoined, as it was so fine, the stitches just looked ridiculous. Plus, I was concerned about strength during garment use.
I found that it sometimes split, but not annoyingly so. The odd time I had to frog a row, the slight fuzzyness of the yarn meant that some stitches caught and needed work to separate them.
Summary: In terms of value for money, you do get a lot of yarn, and if knitting, you could probably get a shawl from one ball. For crochet and depending on the dimensions of the pattern, you will probably need two.
Overall, this yarn is lovely to look at and work with, but you do need to consider what it is you want to use it for, because if you want an overall consistent thickness, you might want to look at something else. My finished project, I am happy with, but feel it would have been better with a yarn of even thickness.
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