Yarn Profile: Rowan Calmer
The first thing you'll notice is Calmer's exceptional softness. But take a strand in your hand and you'll discover its other welcome trait: tremendous elasticity.
Rowan has taken a fine thread of 75% cotton / 25% acrylic and knitted it into a fine circular tube. Then two of these tubes were plied together in such a way that they form a cohesive jumble of smooth, blended fibers -- no crispness or precision here.
Calmer is available in 14 varied colors, all of which convey the same muted calm of a still ocean on a cloudy day. For this review I used a pale blue Calmer, similar to faded denim.
My swatches emerged looking rather puffy but lightweight, mostly even, and extremely wearable. There was no snagging, regardless of whether I was knitting or purling.
Because the yarn is so stretchy, Rowan recommends an unusually large needle size (US 8), which helps give the illusion of speedy progress.
Blocking / Washing
In all cases, however, the swatches did require careful blocking to resume their perfect square shapes.
You'll need approximately 10 skeins for a long-sleeved medium-sized women's sweater (more if you choose one of the more elaborate patterns), which translates into $105.00. For some, this might be too high for cotton, which is traditionally a less expensive fiber than its animal-produced counterparts.
To its credit, Calmer is a lovely yarn with excellent stitch definition and wearability. If you wanted to splurge on a cotton garment, this would be among my top candidates for the job.
21 stitches and 30 rows per 4 inch square using US 8 (5 mm) needles
Average retail price
Where to buy online
The Knitting Garden
Weight/yardage per skein
50 g. / 175 yards
Country of origin
Suggested wash method
Hand wash, do not bleach, do not tumble dry. Dry flat out of direct heat and sunlight. Cool iron.
Color used in review