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SEPTEMBER 2009
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Sep 1 Rowan Scottish Tweed Chunky

 

Rowan Tweed Chunky


2009.09.01
Rowan
Scottish Tweed Chunky
100% wool

hand wash/dry flat
bulky weight, 12st/4" on US size 11
100g, 109yds

sample color: thistle


I can't tell you how glad I am that the wools have come back around! Woo-Woo-Wool!

This is the chunkiest yarn I have worked with. It is clearly an outerwear type of yarn, closer to scratchy than soft; however, I found it to be pleasant and sturdy and it knit up evenly into a thick fabric. The tweed bits (in thistle, anyway) are in a subtle analgous palette.

The Ravelry comments that came to hand included "...great to knit with", "yarn isn’t the softest in the world", "I think the yarn is a bit scratchy for a scarf", "It felted beautifully!", "Very scratchy wool", and two people who used "ugly" in the same sentence as the yarn, but could have been talking about their project. There were more projects to check out if you have time.

FYI: It may be my imagination, but I made the swatch twice, and it seemed to me that the first bind off on the purl side curled less than the knit-side bind off the second time. It wasn't hard at all to pick up a row of dropped stitches. No splitting.

Swatch: Longtail cast on, 16 st.
k,p repeat, two rows, then stockinette:
*p row, k row*

Rowan Tweed Chunky preblockPreblock-->
With size 9 needles:

5"(W) x 3-7/8"(H)
12.5st/4"
9rows/2" --> 18rows/4"


Soak:
Soaked in cold water and a little dish soap; no dye run. Rolled in a towel and then patted out to dry. No pins were used during drying. (The color here may not be quite right--I can't be sure under this evening light.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rowan Tweed Chunky postblock

<--After Block:
5"(W) x 3-3/4"(H)
12.5st/4"
~9.5rows/2" --> 19rows/4"


The row gauge is mostly a guess. It is a little chore to count rows on a new swatch and an even bigger chore after it has been blocked. I know it is hard to tell from my photo, but the swatch has a slightly felted (fulled?) look to it now, and so looks just a little furry. A good furry--cozy-like. I imagine this stuff will pill.

As far as I know, I didn't handle it roughly, so I would expect this level of fuzzy with any wash you have in store for your item. I am a little surprised that the swatch is not a total stiff--it is still capable of a little drape. My gauge is slightly over, but I think it is perfect for this yarn.

Except for the fact that I am a little worried it would continue to felt with each wash, it tempts me...

 

 

Sample Garment

Rowan Tweed Chunky garment
 

 

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