Yarn Profile: Rowan Wool Cotton
But I also knew that if anybody could pull this off, it'd be Rowan. The U.K.-based designer yarn manufacturer produces consistently excellent materials in subtly exquisite colors, and sure enough the DK Wool Cotton is no exception.
At first glance, you may think this yarn a tad boring. Its texture and spin are steady and consistent but lack any Mussoni-esque slubs or flash. But flash isn't the point here. You use Rowan yarns when you have an exquisite pattern and don't want anything -- yarn included -- to get in its way.
Using #5 (3.75mm) needles, I was able to gather steam quickly and easily. The consistent texture and spin of this yarn makes it easy to knit on auto pilot without having to worry about snags, extra twists, or slipped stitches.
The cable spin is composed of four two-ply strands. While I've had problems with similarly spun yarns in the past (such as Baruffa Maratona, which came unspun while I was working with it), this yarn held its body beautifully.
Overall, it has a pleasant, soft handle and produces steady, even, and consistent-looking stitches.
Blocking / Washing
The swatches expanded ever so slightly from 23 stitches to 24 stitches over 4 inches, so do plan for a potential expansion by a factor of 1/4 stitch per inch.
On the plus side, they also became exquisitely soft. If you don't mind the slightly aged cotton look, you'll love this yarn.
Some yarns do all the work, but this one will need a design or stitch motif if you really want it to shine. (Not to mention the fact that endless stockinette at this gauge could get a trifle boring.)
Although Rowan is usually considered a luxury yarn, this particular line is reasonably priced at $7.50/skein, with each skein holding 123 yards. Still, if you don't have the patience or budget for a large garment, you could also use this for a luscious pair of socks, as long as you use nylon reinforcement for the heels and toes.
"When I read the review of the new ROWAN yarn, it sparked my interest. I like to knit with cotton, there it is soft and not too hot here in California, but after many washings the garments, the colors always fade a lot. Also in the winter months it is a bit too cold, and wool is a bit too warm. The combination might just do it, and so I will try this yarn." eliwilsch, 12/03/00
50% merino wool
22 to 24 sts / 30 to 32 rows over 10 cm square using US #5 to 6 (3 3/4 to 4mm) needles
Average retail price
Where to Buy Online
Sakonnet Purls Online
Weight/Yardage per Skein
50g / 123 yards
Country of Origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Dry clean or handwash in soapflakes; do not soak; cool rinse; do not wring; short spin; do not leave wet; reshape and dry flat away from direct sunlight; use damp pressing cloth.