Friday, February 10, 2006

Need your advice on yarns!

Hi! I have not posted because I am not knitting Picovoli yet (oh...). I have promised myself I will only start a new project when I finish the 2 sock pairs I have in progress, and then it will be Picovoli, of course.

I checked my stash, and there are 2 yarns in there which seem nice for this pattern (I have enough yardage of both). One is 100% non-mercerized and soft cotton. (The true colour is more interesting, the light pink is a complex, warm light pink, and not a bluish as it seems in the picture, and the blue is a bit darker). It is matte and not "ropy" at all. The other one is a 50% viscose 50% acrylic mix, shiny/satiny, in a dark wine colour (I will take a picture some day, it's more or less this colour, maybe a bit darker, but more satiny):


So, I need the advice of those who have already knitted or are knitting Picovoli. Has someone knitted it with a 100% cotton yarn? Are you happy with it? Did it grow after being knitted? Is it a good idea to knit it with more negative ease than usual? What about a viscose mix yarn? Has someone knitted Picovoli with it? Are you happy? Does it grow? What general advice do you have?

And finally, a poll: which of the 2 yarns is best for a Picovoli?

Thanks!

1 comment:

Nancy said...

I havent knit Picovoli with a 100% cotton yarn but yours looks very much like Elann's Cotton Sonata which is a 100% cotton, which I recently knit a tank top out of. I found that the 100% cotton can stretch out of shape quite a bit, and also can feel rather heavy which was a surprise to me. I knit my Picovoli in KnitPicks Shine which is a Cotton/Modal blend and my next Picovoli is going to be Classic Elite Premiere which is a Pima Cotton/Tencel blend. I find that the cotton blends tend to spring back better, and the blends were softer as well. I'm not sure about the cotton acrylic though - I'm not a huge fan of acrylic. Knit up a couple of swatches and wash them and block and see how they compare.