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Yarn Profile: Softig
Softig is a tubular yarn that's knitted instead of spun. It's similar in concept to Stahl Bandolino except that it's composed of two strands knit in the round, instead of one. Each strand is of a different thickness, which produces a consistent rippled effect in the yarn and finished garments.
Softig produced thick and substantial swatches. Stitches were technically even, while the swatch surfaces had a dappled, almost bumpy look because of the yarn's texture.
Blocking / Washing
Loose ends tended to fray from normal agitation, so you may want to weave them into your garment -- loosely -- prior to washing.
Despite the bleeding, there was no visible color loss when the swatches dried. Gauge remained constant as well.
It produces a thick garment with only moderate drape. To avoid the Attack of the Shapeless Sweater syndrome, you may want to stick with more tailored patterns.
During the stress tests, high-wear areas began to blur and pill after a moderate amount of friction.
From a structural perspective, Softig would survive many a rugby match before actually wearing through. It will, however, eventually lose its crisp stitch definition and pitted texture in favor of a softer, blurrier look.
An average-sized woman's sweater will run you a little over $100. Yes, this is cotton, but it has a complex fabrication.
I doubt I'll ever get around to making anything for myself with Softig, but that's only because I like a little more drape in my sweaters. But if this doesn't bother you, if you live in a warmer climate, or if you simply enjoy knitting and wearing cotton, keep Softig in mind.
11-13 stitches and 16-18 rows per 10cm square on US 11-13 (8-9mm) needles
Average retail price
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Weight/Yardage per Skein
100g. / 88 yards
Country of Origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Hand wash in cold water, do not wring; dry flat in shade. Do not bleach, do not tumble dry. Warm iron, dry clean OK.