Yarn Profile: Classic Elite Newport Cotton
I switched to a pair of dull-tipped Addi Turbo circulars and the snagging subsided somewhat, but I had to be careful.
Snagging aside, stitches appeared even and consistent. The clear stitch definition in this yarn makes it ideal for complicated stitch work.
Blocking / Washing
Stitches tended to lean against one another in uneven waves, and edges didn't want to straighten. The yarn softened and expanded only slightly, and there was no bleeding, fading, or stretching.
After a moderate amount of wear, however, the swatches began to pill. Extensive rubbing caused the stitches themselves to blur and lose their surface definition.
I can imagine that a heavily worn sweater in this yarn would carry you through just one season before showing its age.
If you can get the snagging under control, the yarn knits up at a breezy pace of 4 stitches per inch. Combine that with Classic Elite's gorgeous color selection, and you've got yourself a good warm-weather yarn.Add your comments
"Why would you knit with a yarn when the samples do not wash well? I think that my choice for cotton for knotting is the Brown Sheep Cotton/wool blend. This is soft, washes well, and lasts -- also their color selection is great!! As this is only 20% wool it's enough to overcome the natural problems of cotton, but not enough to allow the knitter to reap the benefits." Barbara F., 3/10/01
"For a more durable cotton by Classic Elite, I prefer Provence. It is not as soft, but crisp, has beautiful stitch definition, and doesn't pill. It comes in 100g skeins for $11.50. For the extra $.50, I'd go for Provence." Laura T., 3/08/01
"I agree with you 100% on the Newport Cotton. I made a summer sweater in a brocade pattern from their book and the sweater started to pill after the second washing. I would never knit with this cotton again and it's a shame since the outcome is so nice." Ana, 3/08/01
Classic Elite Yarns
100% mercerized Pima cotton
4 sts / inch using 5.5mm (US 9) needles
Average retail price
Weight/Yardage per Skein
50g / 70 yards
Country of Origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Hand wash cold, dry flat.