Yarn Profile: Jaeger Luxury Tweed
The fiber resembled that of Shetland wool but with a slight shimmer that only comes with acrylics...or so I smugly thought. How in the world, I asked myself, could Jaeger call this yarn luxury?
The merino provides the matte Shetlandlike fuzz -- only infinitely softer -- while the alpaca's protruding fibers give an angoralike halo and the shimmer I earlier mistook for acrylic.
Here the yarn has two perfectly even plies, each with a slightly different color saturation. When the plies come together, they produce a more subtle, steady flickering effect.
The yarn is extremely easy to work with, excepting the occasional loose fiber bits that flew around as I worked. But otherwise, the yarn was well-behaved. It slid easily through my fingers, and it clung to my bamboo needles without being too tight and sticky or loose and slippery.
The resulting knitted fabric was perfectly smooth and consistent. The colors' tweedy effect completely concealed any uneven or crooked stitches.
Blocking / Washing
I then rinsed the swatches in cool water rather than warm -- a temperature change normally reserved for the felting process -- and rolled them in a towel to blot dry.
Much to my surprise, the merino relaxed only slightly. It was the alpaca that responded most to the washing, loosening even further to create a truly beautiful fuzz halo. There was no change in gauge, and the swatches all blocked to shape without almost any human intervention.
Friction and wear caused the swatches to release more of their loose fibers, especially the alpaca. With more wear, large waves of loose fiber gathered on the fabric surface -- nothing near as conspicuous as traditional pills -- and were easily removed. Any signs of surface wear were almost completely concealed by the yarn's heathered color and surface halo.
My stitch definition stayed remarkably clear despite the yarn's halo. Any ribbing, Aran stitches, lace work, or cables would look beautiful.
It's UK price of £3.79 translates roughly to $5.94. Depending on how much you purchase, the discount could pay for shipping and still leave you ahead.
Skeins carry a generous 197 yards, which translates into 6 or 7 skeins for a basic women's sweater.
Luxury Tweed produces a beautiful, traditionally "wooly" fabric. I've carried my swatches around all week, subjecting everyone to my usual "touch this!" test. They all shared my surprise at its softness.
And -- my indicator of a truly appealing yarn -- several people requested that I make them sweaters with it. But if I succumb to Luxury Tweed, the first sweater I make will be for me.
21-23 stitches and 28-31 rows per 4 inch square on US 6 (4mm) needles
Average retail price
Weight/Yardage per Skein
50g. / 197 yards
Country of Origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Hand wash in soap flakes, lukewarm water, do not soak, do not bleach. Cool rinse, do not wring. Short spin OK. Reshape and dry flat away from direct sunlight. Use damp pressing cloth and cool iron.
Color used in review