I have recently been swatch-crazy. As I don’t necessarily have time to knit all of the many cardigans and jumpers that I want from other people’s patterns, I’ve decided to make a tension square for each instead, to give me a taste.

Julieta from Knitshop was kind enough to give me a couple of sample sized skeins of her Cotton plied Wool yarn to test out recently. It has a lovely soft handle, and is a double knitting weight. I decided to try out a pattern from one of Susan’s Odhams knitting books from the 1940s, in tension square form. It is called ‘asparagus stitch’, which is worth knitting for the name alone!

Asparagus stitch sample in knitshop cotton plied wool

As I had two skeins, and in the interest of giving the yarn a fair trial, I also knitted up a square in a stocking and garter stitch combination. You can see from the results that as a smooth yarn, it has very good stitch definition making it work well on plain or patterned knitting.

Garter and stocking stitch sample in knitshop cotton plied wool

The yarn drapes beautifully and the combination of wool and cotton (40% and 60%, respectively) will work well at this time of year for spring-to-summer garments. Knitshop recommend that it is best knitted on 3-4mm needles. I decided to give both a go, so knitted the red, patterned swatch on 3.75mm needles, and the orange-apricot, plainer swatch on 3.25mm needles. Both worked well for this yarn.

Cotton plied Wool is available from the Knitshop site (or shop, of course) in a very pretty range of colours, both solid and variagated and will cost you a very reasonable £6.89 for 100g, which has a meterage of 225m.

Review: Knitshop Cotton plied Wool
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2 thoughts on “Review: Knitshop Cotton plied Wool

  • 2nd April 2011 at 18:08

    Did you block your swatch of this yarn? Lovely colours.

    • 4th April 2011 at 09:53

      But, of course! I wet blocked both tension squares. I’m really pleased with how the yarn knits up and am deciding what to use it for at the moment.


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