Fiber Review: Scholarly Tweed Yarns
Tweed yarns offer a great way to create a simple yet colorfully classic garment. Tiny flecks of color, called neps, add a touch of interest to any design. Here are four colorful yarns from Interweave Knits Fall 2018 to consider for your next tweedy project.
Tahki Yarns Donegal Tweed
Distributed by Tahki Stacy Charles, Inc.
Price: $16.45 | Content: 100% pure new wool | Color: 889 lavender |
Put-up: 183 yd (167 m)/3½ oz (100 g) | Recommended Needle Size: Size 8 (5 mm) |
Rugged and hard-wearing, Tahki Yarns Donegal Tweed is a traditional tweed yarn milled in Donegal, Ireland. It’s perfect for heirloom cabled sweaters that will last for generations, as well as everyday garments such as simple pullovers, cardigans, and accessories. This year is Donegal Tweed’s 50th anniversary, establishing it as an everlasting classic yarn.
Rowen Cashmere Tweed
Distributed by Sirdar USA
Price: $13.95 | Content: 80% virgin wool, 20% cashmere | Color: 00003 granite |
Put-up: 96 yd (88 m)/⅞ oz (25 g) | Recommended Needle Size: Size 6 (4 mm) |
Just a little bit of cashmere makes a huge difference in the texture of a yarn. Luxurious Rowan Cashmere Tweed is as soft as flannel; it makes a plush fabric to cuddle up in. Use it for next-to-the-skin accessories such as hats and cowls.
Kate Davies Designs Milarrochy Tweed
Price: £4.25 ($5.60) | Content: 70% wool, 30% mohair | Color: tarbet |
Put-up: 109 yd (100 m)/⅞ oz (25 g) | Recommended Needle Size: Size 3 (3.25 mm) |
With bright pops of color and a soft hand, Milarrochy Tweed begs to be a cozy cardigan. The yarn is specifically designed for Fair Isle and other stranded colorwork. Because the wool is “sticky,” it’s a great choice for steeked projects.
BC Garn Tussah Tweed
Distributed by Kelbourne Woolens
Price: $18.99 | Content: 100% tussah silk | Color: #tt41 |
Put-up: 273 yd (250 m)/1¾ oz (50 g) | Recommended Needle Size: Size 1½ –2½ (2–3 mm) | Care: Handwash
BC Garn’s Tussah Tweed is made of an unusual fiber for tweed—silk! Instead of the soft, hazy look of wool tweeds, it has a shine and shimmer to it. This crunchy yarn would be perfect for an elegant tank or shawl.
Tweed yarns steal the show in our Fall 2018 issue!