Yarn Profile: Skacel Roulette
The ladder and slub combination are, in turn, plied together with the help of a superfine single-ply strand of fiber. (View a close-up of a Roulette strand.)
The result is a shimmering, sparkling material that looks like it has fine seed beads embedded in it. Roulette reminds me of the kind of vibrant, elegant material you'd see used on the bodice of a Renaissance-era gown.
These loops and snags were easy to fix, and a few times I didn't even bother -- they ended up being fairly well hidden by the yarn's wild texture. But they did have the same distracting effect as a hovering mosquito that never bites.
When I switched from Inox Express to bamboo needles, I was able to gain some greater control, but I was never able to knit by touch alone without encountering snags.
Pesky binder strands aside, my swatches knit up quickly and evenly. The yarn's slubby texture helped conceal any potential variance in stitch form, and the color changes in the ladder yarn didn't produce any stripes or odd spotting.
Blocking / Washing
When subject to a warmer bath, the swatches held up equally well, with no bleeding or gauge change to be found. They dried into perfect form without any extra blocking necessary.
I had given my swatches a modest amount of agitation in the wash, and once they'd dried I could see hairs of the superfine binder fibers protruding from the swatch surface.
To preserve your garment's perfect, just-like-new form, I'd recommend a very gentle wash with very little "swishing" or rubbing in the water.
Because it's prime gardening season right now, my hands had a few more rough spots than normal, and Roulette found them all. And because Roulette is a firm yarn with very little elasticity, I couldn't hide the snags with a simple tug -- they were permanent.
From a touch perspective, Roulette feels cool and refreshing against the skin. It looks heavier than it actually is, providing decent drape while lending some loft and breathability to the finished fabric.
While I was working with my swatches, I kept envisioning Roulette knit into a short-sleeve, scoop-necked form-fitting summer top (covered with a slinky cardigan if you're modest).
It'd also produce an eye-catching shawl or tank top. I don't see long sleeves as a necessity, especially since Roulette retails for $9 per 60-yard skein.
But on the positive side, if you're wearing a Roulette garment you don't need to invest in jewelry -- the yarn does it for you.
3 to 4 stitches per inch on US 8 to 9 needle
Average retail price
Where to buy online
Showers of Flowers
Weight/yardage per skein
50 g. / 60 yards
Country of origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Hand wash, no bleach, do not iron. Dry flat away from heat or direct sunlight.
Color used in review