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Elann Sample Skeins
Sep 29 Esprit




98.3% cotton / 1.7% elastic
hand wash/dry flat
sport weight, 25st/4" on US size 7
50g, 100yds relaxed / 186yds stretched
sample color: tapestry blue

Elastic yarn is a new one on me--very different. At first I handled it gingerly while knitting because I was afraid to overstretch it. Then I forgot about it for the most part and worked more or less normally. One plus is there's no splitting to be had.

This is a house yarn for elann and there were tons of projects done in it--I noticed socks, baby clothes, and chemo caps in particular. I culled out a few comments, and apparently you either love or hate Esprit:

The springy, slightly bouclé yarn hides my imperfect seaming.

The gauge is shifty...

I loved making this sock in this yarn. A friend says they are “a massage for the feet.”

This yarn is so soft and nice!

I loved this yarn.. so soft and stretchy and will definitely use it again.

I’m not entirely pleased with the elastic/cotton yarn. The top rides up continually, and it is VERY figure forming, which makes me a little self-conscious :S

...not a fan of the yarn though. it squeaks…

This turned out really well. I wasn’t crazy about the stretchy yarn but it really wasn’t difficult to work with and it feels nice as a garment.

In all honesty, I will finish this second sock, but I will never make anything out of this yarn or its equivalent, Cascade Fixation, again. I just don’t like it.

Because of the elastic in the yarn, the argyle section puckers and I am not able to block it out.

I hate the yarn. It is horrible to knit with.

This yarn is great to work with - I absolutely love the way it stretches.


Swatch: Longtail cast on, 30 st.
k,p repeat, two rows, then stockinette:
*p row, k row*

Esprit preblockPreblock-->
With size 5 needles:

5-3/8"(W) x 1-3/4"(H)
9rows/1" --> 36rows/4"

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.

Preblock, I found counting the rows was easier if you turn the swatch over and count the purl bumps. Everything is a little tougher to count after the blocking.




Esprit postblock

<--After Block:
5-1/8"(W) x 1-5/8 "(H)
10rows/1" --> 40rows/4"

I got a little bit of shrinkage in both directions, and a little bigger gauge than the manufacturer suggests. It works at this gauge in my opinion, or it can be tightened down further. Possibly at this slightly looser gauge it would stretch out a little quicker in the wearing, although judging from the comments the stretch comes right back with the washing. (Wait...did she say machine washing? I think I caught wind that some people machine wash this.)

Also, in the comments about this yarn, there is a concern that the color photos shown on the elann site are much too light. This is true regarding the color I have--the newsletter photos are better.

I liked this yarn more than I thought I would, and I like the end fabric. Unfortunately, stretchy socks don't appeal, and I would wonder if a chemo cap in this is comfortable. Diaper soakers maybe. I just don't know if I could or would wear it. I am definitely beyond the current age that does not mind advertising the Assets plus muffin top (I take classes at a local community college and know whereof I speak, you poor, poor ladies*)  ...All to say, I might wear a cute summer top that is not meant to conform closely to the body. But then the sample garment gives me pause in that regard... OK, a cute summer top WITHOUT the unsvelt (sp?) seaming, hanging slightly, demurely away from the body with a little positive ease...

hmmm... [wanders away ruminating...]


Sample Garment

Esprit garment



*Hey, listen, I get it. I went to high school in the braless 70s.
Bra straps were NONOs, which is why I can't do them now
(and I could, I'm not that ancient). However, news flash:
Body rolls are never sexy!
[Exit soapbox]