|Be Sweet Bambino
70% organic cotton/30% bamboo, 50g/95 yds.
Be SweetBambino is a soft worsted weight cotton blend yarn. The top swatch below is worked on a #7 US needle as the label recommends. To explore this yarn further, I decided to drop down to a #6 US, which produces almost an unnoticeable difference in density, as the middle swatch illustrates. The thick and thin qualities produce a rustic, uneven knit stitch that would lend itself nicely to a casual tunic or cardigan. With all the bright colors available, this would also be perfect for children’s garments and accessories.
In my experience, 100% cotton yarns seem to create a stiffer fabric with less memory and have less drape than I would prefer. As it turns out, this yarn is super soft, which I think is due to the addition of the bamboo. Overall, this yarn has a fluffy loft and beautiful drape.
Still not being completely satisfied, I decided to jump down to a #5 US, as shown in the bottom swatch below. I prefer the denser, tighter feel that knitting every row produces. And in my opinion working in garter, or a stitch with a bit more density does the trick.
|Be sweet Bambino swatches worked on a #7 US, #6 US and #5 US needle.|
|Rowan Purlife Revive
36% recycled silk/36% recycled cotton/
28% recycled viscose, 125 m/137 yds.
|Rowan Purelife Revive works up perfectly on a #6 US needles.|
I didn’t feel the need to continue swatching with a smaller or a larger needle, because Rowan was right on the money with a #6 US, as you can see from my swatch above. The knit stitches were even and of the right density for my taste.
30% bowlder, (jadeite fiber)/50% wool/
20% silk, 50g/100m.
I found Therapi, a worsted weight yarn by SWTC to have a happy, springy feel, that creates very even stitches. I would recommend a #7 US needle as noted on the label. This yarn is a bit heavier than the two mentioned above, so I think it would be suitable for creating an open work shawl or wrap.
|SWTC Therapi creates even and springy knit stitches on a #7 US needle.|