Yarn Profile: Jo Sharp DK
Jo Sharp's designs are alive with color, and this yarn reflects that with more than 52 colors. For this review I chose a chestnut brown with hints of olive green, yellow, and light orange.
There's nothing to snag or twist or otherwise get in the way, because the yarn has been double-combed to eliminate short fibers. I gathered steam quickly. Stitches appeared well-defined and even.
Blocking / Washing
There was no stretching, bleeding, fading, pilling, or anything. Lifting them out of the water, I saw beautiful, flat, solid squares of fabric.
Sure enough, the solidity of the first swatches gave way to a much softer, more pliable fabric in those that had been washed more frequently. The added softness wasn't the result of any fiber degradation, mind you, but rather from an overall relaxing of the material, making it much more pleasant to touch.
If you like the yarn, you won't have any trouble finding a good pattern for it. Jo Sharp provides a huge variety of patterns for almost every skillset, from simple two-color pullovers to insanely complicated color patterns and Arans. And if those don't float your boat, check out the Cider House Rules pullover pattern in the Fall 2000 issue of Interweave Knits.
Previous reader comments
"Regarding the Jo Sharp yarn: If I had to pick only one yarn for the rest of my life, it would be Jo Sharp. The yarn does not fray while knitting, its feel while knitting is luxurious, and the finished garment has very little pilling. This is due to the spinning process where the short fibers are removed. And the colors!"pschu10275, 7/27/2001
"I'm currently knitting a vest for my husband using Jo Sharp yarn.
Jo Sharp Handknitting Yarn
22.5 sts and 30 rows over 10 cm using 4.00mm (US 6/UK 8) needles
100% wool - Merino and Border Leicester cross breed
Average retail price
Weight/Yardage per Skein
1 3/4 oz./107 yards
Country of Origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
For best results, turn garment inside out and gently hand wash in lukewarm water, using a wool detergent. Rinse thoroughly in lukewarm water. Rinse again in cold water. To remove excess moisture after washing, roll garment inside a large towel and gently squeeze, or, alternatively, spin dry inside a pillow case. Dry flat in the shade. Never tumble dry.
Directly from Australia: The Wool Shack