Yarn Profile: Cabana
With the loft of a bathrobe and the softness of well-worn jersey sheets, Cabana has made me seriously reconsider the merits of cotton. It has the spin of Karabella Yarns' Aurora 8 and the bulk of Rowan's Polar, but without one speck of wool.
For this review I used color number 925.
I'm not saying Cabana is perfect, mind you. The yarn is composed of seven smaller strands, each of which is composed of three even smaller strands. In a worst-case scenario, this gives you 21 possible strands to snag with each stitch. Yikes!
Fortunately, you're only likely to snag one or two strands before you get the hang of Cabana, as I did. I used blunt-tipped bamboo needles, which gave me better control over each stitch.
There was only one slight annoyance: The yarn kept twisting up on itself, both when coming from the center of the ball and from the outside. Even though I'd stop to unwind the yarn periodically, I was still afraid the excess twist would result in a bias (i.e. the swatch tilting to one side). Fortunately it didn't.
Blocking / Washing
After rolling up my swatches in a towel, I laid them out and carefully prodded them into shape. They dried in perfect form, and I wasn't able to detect any significant color fading.
Cabana didn't respond well to the stress tests. After a normal amount of friction, the swatches began to pill. The more I tormented my swatches, the more pervasive the oatmeal-like flecks were. At the same time, the surface of my swatches got fuzzier and fuzzier.
Depending on how rough you are on your clothes, I can imagine a Cabana garment surviving one season before needing to be retired to the "only wear at home" drawer.
Cabana best presents itself in simple, classic designs. I fear that any type of complex stitchwork would produce an unflatteringly bulky garment. Fear not, you can still have fun mixing and matching colors.
My only drawback has to do with the price. You'll need between 10 and 12 skeins for a medium-sized woman's pullover, which translates to between $85 and $102. Many knitters might not be willing to invest that much in a cotton-blend sweater, especially one with such a potentially short life span.
13 stitches and 20 rows per 4 inch square on US 10 needles
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Weight/Yardage per Skein
100g. / 135 yards
Country of Origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Hand wash in cold water with mild soap. May be machine washed on gentle cycle. Roll in towel to remove excess moisture, lay flat to dry. May be dry cleaned.