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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.

Once a month, 30 knitters gather 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 the dedicated Yarn Roundtable blog. Knitters bring their own needles and yarn companies of every size send 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, found it interesting or surprising! Yarns are listed below in alphabetical order by yarn name. This issue's reviews include feedback collected from three different Roundtable events.

Editor's note: All swatches shown were knit by the same knitter using what she felt was the most appropriate needle size for each yarn.

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

YRstar
dislike/disagree/bad
YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar

deep love/total agreement/great


Name Aspen
YRaspensw
Brand Tilli Tomas
Fiber
content
100% Spun Australian Merino
Yardage 130 y | 50 grams
Gauge 4.5 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price

$11.00

YRallhemp6lux
overall impression YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
would you buy it? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how does it feel in the ball? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how does it feel knit up? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
is it fairly priced? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how's the stitch definition? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
describe it in one word
  • dense
  • cottony
  • silky felt
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • it's like knitting in felted yarn. Really lovely experience.
  • doesn't feel like most merino yarns - more like some cotton blends
  • ball feels soft but knit up feels very crisp

Pink Needles

Name Chirapa
YRchirapasw
Brand Mirasol
Fiber
content
100% hand-dyed merino wool
Yardage 165 y | 50 grams
Gauge 6.5 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price

$8.00

Chirapa
overall impression YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
would you buy it? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how does it feel in the ball? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how does it feel knit up? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
is it fairly priced? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how's the stitch definition? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ? YRstarYRstarYRstar
describe it in one word
  • sproingy
  • vibrant
  • marvelous
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • it has wonderful random color distribution
  • short color breaks
  • don't think i would like it in a sock

Pink Needles

Name DK Merino First Cross
YRdkmerinosw
Brand Biggan Design
Fiber
content
100% premium all-Australian Wool
Yardage 115 y | 50 grams
Gauge 5.5 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price

$7.50

Biggan Design DK Merino First Cross
overall impression YRstarYRstarYRstar
would you buy it? YRstarYRstarYRstar
how does it feel in the ball? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how does it feel knit up? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
is it fairly priced? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how's the stitch definition? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
describe it in one word
  • cuddly
  • workhorse
  • bright
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • has a lot of stretch in it
  • great stitch definition; crisp feel to stitches

Pink Needles

Name Eskimo
YReskimosw
Brand Garnstudio
Fiber
content
100% wool [feltable]
Yardage 50 m | 50 grams
Gauge 2.5 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price

solid: $3.70
mix: $4.35
print: $4.85

Garnstudio Eskimo
overall impression YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
would you buy it? YRstarYRstarYRstar
how does it feel in the ball? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how does it feel knit up? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
is it fairly priced? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how's the stitch definition? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
describe it in one word
  • puffy
  • squeaky
  • feltable
  • smooshy
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • I would love to felt with it
  • lovely on 5mm needles
  • softens a lot in the knitting
  • great stitch definition; buttery to work with; a real winner

Pink Needles

Name Geologie
YRgeologiesw
Brand Nashua Handknits
Fiber
content
37% Acrylic, 33% Mohair, 30% Wool
Yardage 142 y | 50 grams
Gauge 4 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price

$9.95

Nashua Geologie
overall impression YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
would you buy it? YRstarYRstarYRstar
how does it feel in the ball? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how does it feel knit up? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
is it fairly priced? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how's the stitch definition? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ? YRstarYRstarYRstar
describe it in one word
  • surprising
  • seductive
  • soft
  • splitty
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • it sheds while you knit it up, but still yummy
  • that I should knit with bamboo or Denise needles instead of metal
  • recommended needle size knits really loosely; I used 2.75mm and the fabric was great!
  • how many colors are hiding in every part

Pink Needles

Name Heather
YRheathersw
Brand Schaefer
Fiber
content
55% merino wool SUPERWASH, 30% cultivated silk, 15% nylon
Yardage 400 m | 4 oz
Gauge 7-8 stitches per inch on US#1
Sugg. Retail Price

$29.00

Schaefer Heather
overall impression YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
would you buy it? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarHALF
how does it feel in the ball? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how does it feel knit up? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
is it fairly priced? YRstarYRstarYRstar
how's the stitch definition? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarHALF
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ? YRstarYRstarYRstarHALF
describe it in one word
  • shiny
  • glowy
  • sheen
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • that the softness translates despite the ropey texture
  • very subtle shading
  • use a bigger needle size and it would make an awesome shawl

Pink Needles

Name Ivy
YRivysw
Brand Nashua Handknits
Fiber
content
50% Alpaca / 45% Merino Wool / 5% Polyamide Estellina™
Yardage 137 y | 50 grams
Gauge 4.5 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price

$8.99

Nashua Ivy
overall impression YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar2THIRDS
would you buy it? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarHALF
how does it feel in the ball? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar2THIRDS
how does it feel knit up? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
is it fairly priced? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarHALF
how's the stitch definition? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ? YRstarYRstarYRstar
describe it in one word
  • stars
  • subtle
  • comfortable
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • how flexible it is with the silver
  • very elegant; the twinkle is v. subtle
  • I expected it to split when knit up, but it didn't

Pink Needles

 

Name Kasuri [hand dyed]
Brand Habu
Fiber
content
60% mohair, 40% silk
Yardage 186 y | 14 grams
Gauge laceweight
Sugg. Retail Price

$8.65

Habu silk mohair
overall impression YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarHALF
would you buy it? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar2THIRDS
how does it feel in the ball? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarHALF
how does it feel knit up? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarHALF
is it fairly priced? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how's the stitch definition? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ? YRstarYRstar
describe it in one word
  • dreamy
  • wispy
  • fluffy
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • that I can knit with mohair yarn without it shedding all over me
  • the variegation does not compete with lace. This yarn was made for lace knitting
  • a lot softer than I thought at first, and easier to knit with

Pink Needles

Name Kid-Silk
YRkidsilksw
Brand Drops
Fiber
content
75% mohair SuperKid, 25% silk
Yardage 200 m | 25 grams
Gauge 5.75 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price

$10.10

Drops Kid-Silk
overall impression YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarHALF
would you buy it? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how does it feel in the ball? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how does it feel knit up? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
is it fairly priced? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how's the stitch definition? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ? YRstarYRstarHALF
describe it in one word
  • sensual
  • sheddy
  • down
  • thin
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • I emphatically do not like mohair yarns, but I'd knit with this; it's that soft!
  • hairier than Rowan's Kid Silk, less sheen
  • excellent core (doesn't split) with a great halo

Pink Needles

Name Moorland
Brand Classic Elite
Fiber
content
42% merino wool, 23% alpaca, 19% mohair, 16% acrylic
Yardage 147 y | 50 grams
Gauge 6 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price

$10.95

Moorland
overall impression YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarHALF
would you buy it? YRstarYRstarYRstar2THIRDS
how does it feel in the ball? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar2THIRDS
how does it feel knit up? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarHALF
is it fairly priced? YRstarYRstarYRstar
how's the stitch definition? YRstarYRstarYRstar
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ? YRstarYRstarYRstar
describe it in one word
  • sturdy
  • rustic
  • halo
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • the copper colour looks almost burnished when knit up
  • nice halo. Doesn't split - thought it might
  • it is a little scratchier than it looks. Colours blend beautifully

Pink Needles

Name Saphira
YRsaphirasw
Brand SWTC
Fiber
content
100% superwash Merino wool
Yardage 120 m | 100 grams
Gauge 3.5 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price

$10.50

Saphira
overall impression YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
would you buy it? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar2THIRDS
how does it feel in the ball? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how does it feel knit up? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
is it fairly priced? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how's the stitch definition? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
describe it in one word
  • cohesive
  • squooshy
  • fuzzy
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • subtle color changes
  • used one size larger needles and liked the drape
  • the yarn feels more like roving in the ball, but knits up in a solid fabric which still has nice drape

Pink Needles

Name Sock
YRmalabrigosocksw
Brand Malabrigo
Fiber
content
100% superwash Merino
Yardage 440 y | 100 grams
Gauge 5-7 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price

$23.50

Malabrigo Sock
overall impression YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarHALF
would you buy it? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar2THIRDS
how does it feel in the ball? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how does it feel knit up? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarHALF
is it fairly priced? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar2THIRDS
how's the stitch definition? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarHALF
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ? YRstarYRstarYRstar2THIRDS
describe it in one word
  • gorgeous
  • sumptuous
  • subtle
  • luscious
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • I would never believe it's a superwash
  • this yarn is sumptuous, and knitting it is pure delight
  • it works better at a finer gauge
  • I could knit many things besides socks with this yarn

Pink Needles

Name Tofutsies Powerstripe
Brand SWTC
Fiber
content
50% Superwash Wool,
25% SOYSILK brand fiber
22.5% Cotton, 2.5% Chitin (made from shrimp and crab shells)
Yardage 425 m | 100 grams
Gauge 8 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price

$16.75

Tofutsies Power Stripe
overall impression YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarHALF
would you buy it? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar2THIRDS
how does it feel in the ball? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarHALF
how does it feel knit up? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarHALF
is it fairly priced? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarHALF
how's the stitch definition? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar2THIRDS
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ? YRstarYRstarYRstarHALF
describe it in one word
  • playful
  • twisty
  • strong
  • airy
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • little splitty but very soft
  • it stripes!
  • it could be a nice yarn for lace knitting; soft, nice drape.

Pink Needles

Name Ultra Alpaca Light
YRultraalpacasw
Brand Berroco
Fiber
content
50% Superfine Alpaca, 50% Peruvian Wool
Yardage 144 y | 50 grams
Gauge 5.75 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price

$5.75

YRallhemp6lux
overall impression YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar2THIRDS
would you buy it? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how does it feel in the ball? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar2THIRDS
how does it feel knit up? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
is it fairly priced? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar2THIRDS
how's the stitch definition? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ? YRstarYRstarYRstar
describe it in one word
  • classic
  • versatile
  • sturdy
  • comfy
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • softer to knit than it appears in the ball
  • doesn't seem sheddy at all - looked like it might
  • knits up quickly; slippery
  • woolly and not too itchy

Pink Needles

Name Vivaldi
YRvivaldisw
Brand Garnstudio
Fiber
content
58% Mohair, 19% Wool, 23% polyamide
Yardage 280 m | 50 grams
Gauge 5 stitches per inch
Sugg. Retail Price

$16.75 8.40
Editor's note: The incorrect price was listed on the Yarn Roundtable review sheet, which means the participants were not aware of the actual (lower) suggested retail price as they reviewed. Knitty sincerely apologizes for the error.

Vivaldi
overall impression YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstarHALF
would you buy it? YRstarYRstarYRstar2THIRDS
how does it feel in the ball? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
how does it feel knit up? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
is it fairly priced? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar2THIRDS
how's the stitch definition? YRstarYRstarYRstarYRstar
drapey [1] or stiff [5] ? YRstarYRstarYRstar
describe it in one word
  • cotton candy
  • fluffybunnyness
  • squishy
what's the one thing you couldn't know about this yarn until you knit with it?
  • it is softer than most mohairs
  • subtle depth of color
  • surprisingly not sticky
   
 

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