Friday, June 19, 2009

Yarn Review: Classic Elite Sprout

Sherry has been working with this yarn, and she reported back her impressions.

First, the facts: Sprout is made from 100% Organic cotton. The suggested gauge is 3.5 stitches to the inch on US10 (6mm) needles. There are 109 yards on each skein. The care instructions are to machine wash and partly dry in the dryer on low heat -- then finish by air drying flat. The cost is $10.50 per skein and we have 9 colors in stock.

Sherry's son recently had his bedroom repainted. In the tradition of teen boys everywhere, he thought an all-black room would be perfect. Sherry thought it needed a little color, so she knit a throw pillow cover in cherry red Sprout, finished with some great black-and-white buttons from the shop. Amanda wrote the garter-stripe pattern.

Sherry reports that the yarn knitted up to the stated gauge and was very soft on the hands. It has a lot of built-in texture, so it's suited to quite simple stitches such as stockinette and garter. It's a little too thick to be suitable for lace, but it would be good for cables and for wide ribbing. It's a nice, fluffy cotton, so it can work for Summer garments, while also being warm enough for Spring and Autumn sweaters.

The throw pillow has been in use for a couple of months now and it's holding up well. Sherry reports "no pilling" and the surface just keeps getting softer.

Let us know in the comments if you've worked with Sprout and what you thought of it.

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