Yarn Profile: Knit Picks Shine
Recently, Knit Picks released its second batch of yarns, this time targeting warm-weather cotton blends and novelties. Could the company revolutionize summer knitting, as it had done for winter? If this yarn is any indication, my answer is yes.
Shine is a fluid four-ply yarn consisting of two relaxed two-ply strands plied together. It is composed of 60% super-soft Pima cotton (named for the Pima Indians of Arizona, who worked with USDA scientists breeding cotton on an experimental farm in Arizona in the early 1900s) and 40% modal, a fiber derived from beech wood chips.
The modal adds a shiny, mercerized look to the cotton, and it also adds drape and durability to your finished fabric. Better yet, modal fiber tends to absorb humidity and let it evaporate quickly, making this an ideal warm-weather fiber.
With all those loose plies, I expected far more snags than I actually encountered. In fact, I only had one snag, and that was the first stitch on a purl row while knitting in semi-darkness. (I'd gotten into a perfect rhythm and failed to notice that the sun had set outside.)
When I finally turned on the lights to see what I'd done, I was pleasantly surprised at how even and steady the swatches looked. Beginners can feel safe with this yarn.
Blocking / Washing
The yarn is surprisingly dense—even after resting overnight, my swatches still felt damp.
But instead, they withstood the ravages of time gracefully. The crisp surface gradually relaxed into an evenly blurred and deliciously soft piece of fabric. Instead of looking cheap and tired, the swatches looked cohesive and inviting.
Shine is ideal for next-to-the-skin wear. Its cotton/modal blend means the best of both worlds: the softness and durability of cotton and the graceful drape, strength, colorfastness, and sheen of modal.
The fact that Shine knits up at the same gauge as Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, Rowan Cotton GlacÚ, Rowan Wool Cotton, and Rowan Linen Drape means you'll have no shortage of gorgeous patterns to choose from—including some of the finest baby patterns ever written.
require 4 skeins. At $2.29 per hank, that's less than $10.
A medium-sized women's cardigan with moderate stitchwork—something that'd last you several seasons and feel marvelous every time you wore it—would require 15 hanks. That's just under $35. A steal!
60% Pima cotton
6 stitches per inch on US 3 to 5 needles
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50g / 110 yards
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