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We know not every knitter is lucky enough to have a Local Yarn Store nearby. And of course, not every yarn shop can carry every yarn. The Knitty Yarn Roundtable was created to give knitters more information about yarn than just what's on the ball band.

Starting in 2007, groups of 30 knitters gathered in Toronto [the hometown of Knitty's editor] to sample a variety of yarns of every possible description -- from budget to super luxury. The events are open to anyone who can attend, and are advertised on the Knitty blog and a dedicated Yarn Roundtable blog. Knitters brought their own needles and yarn companies of every size sent in yarns they wanted our readers to try.

Five different yarns from five different manufacturers are sampled at each event by all knitters present who provide their opinions on a standardized form. Yarns that did not receive good feedback will not be featured in Knitty, in accordance with our review policy, so if you see a yarn on these pages, it means the majority of knitters liked it! Yarns are listed below in alphabetical order by yarn name. This issue's reviews include feedback collected from three different nights of testing.

Items are rated on scale of 1-5. Retail prices are in USD.

dislike/disagree/bad

deep love/total agreement/great

Name 1824 wool tricolors
Brand Mission Falls
Fiber
content
100% wool
Yardage 85 yards | 50 grams
Gauge 4.5 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price $6.75

overall impression
would you buy it?
how does it feel in the ball?
how does it feel knit up?
is it fairly priced?
how's the stitch definition?
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ?
describe it in one word
  • nostalgic
  • dependable
  • yummalicious
  • comforting
  • honest
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • doesn't feel like superwash
  • prefered look knit up vs in the ball
  • easy to work with

 

Name Anne
Brand Schaefer
Fiber
content
60% Merino Wool Superwash, 25% Mohair, 15% Nylon
Yardage 560 yards | 4 ounces
Gauge 7-8 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price $25.00

overall impression
would you buy it?
how does it feel in the ball?
how does it feel knit up?
is it fairly priced?
how's the stitch definition?
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ?
describe it in one word
  • squooshy
  • warm
  • soft
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • how fuzzy the mohair would make the swatch
  • knits into a smooth, soft piece of dreamyness
  • looks great as lace; could do so much with this
Name Bamboo
Brand Be Sweet
Fiber
content
100% bamboo
Yardage 110 yards | 50 grams
Gauge 5 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price $10.00

overall impression
would you buy it?
how does it feel in the ball?
how does it feel knit up?
is it fairly priced?
how's the stitch definition?
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ?
describe it in one word
  • luminescent
  • slinky
  • splitty
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • a bit splitty but very smooth knit up
  • beautiful depth of color; it just glows
  • splitty but delicious to knit with

 

Name Beaded Rhapsody
Brand Artyarns
Fiber
content
100% Silk; 70% Kid Mohair/
30% Silk with Glass Beads
Yardage 175 yards | 100 grams
Gauge 4.5 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price $34.00

overall impression
would you buy it?
how does it feel in the ball?
how does it feel knit up?
is it fairly priced?
how's the stitch definition?
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ?
describe it in one word
  • luscious
  • stardust
  • dewy
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • easier to knit with than it looks
  • denser than expected
  • sparkly but not gaudy

 

Name Comfort
Brand Berroco
Fiber
content
50% Super Fine Nylon,
50% Super Fine Acrylic
Yardage 220 yards | 100 grams
Gauge 4.5 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price $5.50

overall impression
would you buy it?
how does it feel in the ball?
how does it feel knit up?
is it fairly priced?
how's the stitch definition?
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ?
describe it in one word
  • valueyum
  • airy
  • surprising
  • bouncy
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • how soft and springy it is
  • usually hate synthetics but this is changing my mind
  • would never have guessed it's acrylic

 

Name Elsie
Brand Tilli Tomas
Fiber
content
33% wool, 33% silk,
33% milk protein
Yardage 135 yds | 50 grams
Gauge 4.5 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price $17.00

overall impression
would you buy it?
how does it feel in the ball?
how does it feel knit up?
is it fairly priced?
how's the stitch definition?
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ?
describe it in one word
  • creamy
  • soft
  • splitty
  • vivacious
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • needle size on label produces fabric with too much drape
  • soft cottony feel without being cotton

 

Name Fil de la mer
Brand Tilli Tomas
Fiber
content
70% silk, 30% seacell
Yardage 140 yds | 50 grams
Gauge 4.5 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price $18.00

overall impression
would you buy it?
how does it feel in the ball?
how does it feel knit up?
is it fairly priced?
how's the stitch definition?
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ?
describe it in one word
  • soothing
  • lustrous
  • soft
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • solid color actually has a slight variegation
  • the drape
  • has a nice shine

 

Name Kureyon sock
Brand Noro
Fiber
content
70% wool, 30% nylon
Yardage 462 yds | 100 grams
Gauge 7.5 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price $19.00

overall impression
would you buy it?
how does it feel in the ball?
how does it feel knit up?
is it fairly priced?
how's the stitch definition?
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ?
describe it in one word
  • sturdy
  • harsh
  • colorful
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • softens dramatically when knitted
  • pulling from the center of ball became very tangled
  • much more evenly and tightly spun than regular Kureyon
  • the suggested needle size makes a very loose fabric

 

Name Maizy
Brand Crystal Palace
Fiber
content
82% corn fiber,
18% elastic nylon
Yardage 204 yds | 50 grams
Gauge 7-8 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price $6.25

overall impression
would you buy it?
how does it feel in the ball?
how does it feel knit up?
is it fairly priced?
how's the stitch definition?
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ?
describe it in one word
  • cushy
  • sproingy
  • squishy
  • squeaky
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • that it feels a bit like silk
  • it's very sticky on bamboo needles
  • very dry hand to the fabric
  • texture looks uneven in the ball but finished piece looks smooth knit up

 

Name Panda Wool
Brand Crystal Palace
Fiber
content
51% bamboo, 39% wool,
10% nylon
Yardage 186 yds | 50 grams
Gauge 7-8 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price $6.25

overall impression
would you buy it?
how does it feel in the ball?
how does it feel knit up?
is it fairly priced?
how's the stitch definition?
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ?
describe it in one word
  • silky
  • soft
  • sensual
  • light
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • knits well
  • please make it machine washable

 

Name Purelife organic cotton
Brand Rowan
Fiber
content
100% naturally dyed organic cotton
Yardage 120 meters | 50 grams
Gauge 5.5 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price $9.95

overall impression
would you buy it?
how does it feel in the ball?
how does it feel knit up?
is it fairly priced?
how's the stitch definition?
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ?
describe it in one word
  • earthy
  • soft
  • anticotton
  • perfect
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • subtle color variations -- this is a semi-solid!
  • it's superhero cotton, mild-mannered in the skein
  • it's stretchy
Name Pure Merino Nuance
Brand Berroco
Fiber
content
100% extra fine merino
Yardage 92 yards | 50 grams
Gauge 5.5 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price $8.50

overall impression
would you buy it?
how does it feel in the ball?
how does it feel knit up?
is it fairly priced?
how's the stitch definition?
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ?
describe it in one word
  • classic
  • cushy
  • squooshy
  • soft
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • super cozy but a bit thicker than I expected; would make a great sweater
  • how well it knits up
  • the slight color variegation
Name Sanctuary
Brand Alchemy
Fiber
content
30% silk, 70% wool
Yardage 125 yds | 50 grams
Gauge 5 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price $16.50

overall impression
would you buy it?
how does it feel in the ball?
how does it feel knit up?
is it fairly priced?
how's the stitch definition?
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ?
describe it in one word
  • soft
  • non-irritating
  • luscious
  • sophisticated
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • pearly sheen
  • nice elasticity

Name Sheep 3
Brand Sheep Shop Yarn Co
Fiber
content
30% silk, 70% wool
Yardage 325 yds | 100 grams
Gauge 6 - 6.5 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price $23.00

overall impression
would you buy it?
how does it feel in the ball?
how does it feel knit up?
is it fairly priced?
how's the stitch definition?
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ?
describe it in one word
  • favorite
  • irresistable
  • bohemian
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • much springier when knit
  • softer knit than in the ball
  • some variegation not visible in the ball
  • not splitty
  • felt soft, drapey, wonderful on skin
Name Shepherd worsted
Brand Lorna's Laces
Fiber
content
100% superwash wool
Yardage 225 yds | 100 grams
Gauge 4.5 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price $18.00

overall impression
would you buy it?
how does it feel in the ball?
how does it feel knit up?
is it fairly priced?
how's the stitch definition?
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ?
describe it in one word
  • quintessential
  • comforting
  • cuddly
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • got gauge easily
  • no surprises; very appealing
  • dense in a good way
  • softer when knitted up
  • very elastic

 

Name Silk cotton
Brand Handmaiden
Fiber
content
50% silk, 50% cotton
Yardage 225 meters | 100 grams
Gauge 6 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price $32.00

overall impression
would you buy it?
how does it feel in the ball?
how does it feel knit up?
is it fairly priced?
how's the stitch definition?
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ?
describe it in one word
  • supple
  • soft
  • sumptuous
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • that it wouldn't pool
  • i can knit an afghan with cotton, can't i?
  • it's very easy to knit with