While on an impromptu Walmart run a few days ago (you can never have enough allergy medication in my part of the universe), I stopped by the yarn aisle.
Okay, I purposefully went across the entire store to look at yarn that I had no business buying. And, well, as I know you know, I bought it.
I picked up 3… definitely not skeins, balls? No, not really. Cakes? But they’re small, cupcakes? But no, because they’re tall… What are those fancy little French desserts called? The ones that puff up super high in the oven? Hmm. I’ve lost the word.
Anyway, one of those- tall, schmancy, cakeish, pastry things. I picked up 3 of them.
No particular reason for 3. I didn’t have a project in mind, I was only looking to see what was at the store, after all. 3 just seemed like a good option and it made for a fairly guilt-free purchase at just $1.47/ea, so 3 = less than 5 bucks.
I was really drawn to 2 particular colors my store had, denim and sky. Ultimately I picked the denim, but there was a solid 5 minutes of hem-hawing and debate in my head.
It’s a newer yarn (at the time of this posting) by Lion Brand. 2.5 ounces [70 g] with 114 yards [104 m] 85% recycled cotton 15% polyester.
It comes in a range of 14 very nice colors that are vibrant and yet somehow at the same time, muted. It’s a lovely palette that will work well for a large variety of preferences.
Machine wash and dry.
The stated gauge is 20.0 sts/21 r = 4″ [10cm] using size US 7 – 4.5 mm knitting needles and 15 sc/16 r = 4′[cm] with crochet hook size US I/9 – 5.5 mm
It’s eco-friendly! It takes, on average, 20,000 liters of water to make 1 kilogram of cotton. By using one 70 gram ball of Re-Up you are saving 1,400 liters of water. So try Re-Up for your next cotton project: you’re going to love how it feels to work with and how it feels to help save the planet while doing the craft you love.Lion Brand website
So this has been hanging out on a shelf and it came to my mind today because I decided to make a second sample of an upcoming pattern.
In my preparation to get started, I opened a file for the project, as one does, and notice something.
Re-Up is labeled as a size 4/medium/worsted weight.
While I understand the possible reasoning for the size, as it’s the same with a heavily brushed mohair, with this yarn I … well, I kinda disagree. Sort of.
Rather, I think you should consider the project and tightness of the stitching you will need to create before you take the worsted weight label at face value.
A possible reason for grading to a higher weight might be the fiber. With a mohair, you don’t want to crush the brushed halo of the yarn, so you would use a larger hook/needles than what is necessary for the core of the yarn.
If you’ve ever used a cotton yarn before, you know that the stitching can be a bit stiff and somewhat difficult, which often results in changing to a larger hook/needle size to accommodate for the stiffness. This change makes the yarn stitch to the gauge of a heavier weight.
In hand, this just looked and felt much lighter than a worsted, so me being me, I pulled out my measuring tool.
You can see that after a loose wrap, the Re-Up is showing to be 13WPI (wraps per inch), not the 9WPI of a true worsted. 11WPI is dk, 12WPI is sport and 14WPI is fingering.
Taking into consideration the fiber of the yarn and the project/stitching I will be doing, for my purpose, I’m calling it a dk weight.
SOUFFLE! They’re little souffles!
I will be using this for a market bag (pattern coming soon), and therefore will be using an H [5mm] hook and stitching more true-to-size for the yarn.