Special Aran with Wool
Unit weight: 400g/14.1oz per ball
Yarn Weight: Aran
Composition: 80% Acrylic/20% Wool
Recommended needle size: 4.5-5 mm (US 7-8)
Recommended gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows to 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 inches)
Care: Wash at 40°C, tumble dry low, cool iron
The shade I’ve tried out is “Petunia” (3347)
I had heard a lot about the Stylecraft with wool acrylic blends, they do seem to be well loved and recommended.
So here’s how I found it. It is smooth, slightly fluffy and not at all “itchy” feeling to knit with. No squeakiness knitting it up. The stitch definition is good and it works up evenly. However, it has a bit of a plastic sheen to it which is not particularly my cup of tea, but something that does seem to occur sometimes with some yarns that have a high acrylic content.
It comes in really giant 400g balls, like a lot of aran yarns sold in the UK. These large balls are designed to be used in knitting sweaters and garments, so you can knit continuously from the ball without having to join in new yarn very often, which is a great plus. It is priced at around £8.99-£9.99 (around $15-$17) a ball, depending on where you buy. The yarn is really washable and durable and it is quite soft direct from the ball so it’s not one of those that needs a wash to soften it up, I think it would be a good choice for knitters who are quite sensitive to some rougher acrylics, a bit more enjoyable to use. No shedding, loose fluff or knots in the yarn I’ve used so far.
I’m using it to swatch for a sweater. I originally bought this for a test knit but had to backorder this colour from Deramores and it didn’t arrive in time for the original project, so it has been in my stash for a while waiting for the right sweater pattern! There is not a huge colour selection, but the shades that are available are pretty, I particularly like the look of all the pink, purple and green shades in the range.
I think it is quite a good workhorse yarn that will be reliable in how it behaves and will give good value, two balls should be enough to make a sweater without breaking the bank, even in a larger size. I’m really not very keen on that plastic sheen though, and really I see no huge difference in quality between this and the extremely cheap all acrylic own-brand yarn I can pick up in some of the budget discount stores here in the UK, like the yarns available from B&M Homestores, which work out cheaper and give the same results for me. I think this is because the wool content is really not very evident to me, it might as well not be there and be totally acrylic. Which is a bit surprising because usually with blends I am able to tell when there is a little wool in there.
RECOMMENDED FOR: Sweaters and garments.
WHERE TO BUY
Wool Warehouse (most of the colours are stocked, UK)
I am unable to find a US stockist online, it was carried previously by Jimmy Beans and Webs, but seems to have been discontinued at those retailers. However, Deramores (UK based) do carry it and offer an excellent international delivery service.