Yarn Profile: Noro Lily
Lily is composed of multiple plies that are bound in a braid-like spin. Completely smooth and consistent in thickness and texture, it produces a light and fluffy knitted product with a subtle, attractive drape.
Lily comes eight colors: white, celery, mustard yellow, forest green, red, pink, purple, and burgundy (color names mine, not Noro's).
Only once did I snag the yarn, and that was more my fault than the yarn's. When I did, however, my heart stood still.
The braded strands appeared to have come completely undone, puffing out in every direction. Fortunately just a little tugging brought the yarn back into shape.
Blocking / Washing
My advice: Don't even think about drying a wet Lily garment on anything but a flat surface.
The yarn bloomed slightly once dry, and my gauge expanded from 5 sts/inch to 4 1/2 sts/inch. Definitely keep this in mind when sizing your garment.
Still, I was surprised at how durable the swatches turned out to be. It took quite a bit of torture before they submitted and began pilling. Snags were easily resolved by gently tugging the affected area to and fro a few times.
One word of caution for beginners who are still struggling to establish a consistent tension between knit and purl rows: Lily shows everything. You may want to stick with a more forgiving cotton such as Mission Falls 1824 Cotton.
Otherwise, if you feel like adding a little luxury to your cotton, don't mind the small color selection, and have an ample budget, Lily makes for a lovely choice.
Previous Reader Comments
"I don't want to offend anyone, but for my style of knitting, this yarn sounds like a big pain. I would hate to knit it up and then have it shrink." mballard1, 3/29/01
Actually, Lily poses a reverse challenge - our swatches expanded slightly, even when subjected to heat. So instead of too tight, you may face extra looseness. - Clara
5 to 5.5 sts/inch using 4.25mm (US 6) needles
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Weight/Yardage per Skein
40g / 119 yards
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Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Handwash lukewarm, dry flat, use cool iron.