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Sequined Threads from Berroco
|Until now, if you wanted to add glitter or sparkle, you had to make do with a limited choice of yarns. If you didn't like how the yarn felt against your neck, tough luck.
A new kind of glittery effect changes all this. It involves the use of sequins that have been strung and spun onto a fine string that's either black or white in color. All you need to do is pair this yarn with your existing yarn, knit away, and voilà, instant sparkle.
Berroco Mirror FX and Lazer FX
Massachusetts-based Berroco Yarns was the first yarn manufacturer to produce sequined threads in any significant quantity. Two sparkly incarnations fall under the FX label, producing silver, gold, rainbow-like crystal, or pastel colors on square or circular sequins.
Lazer FX comes in 70-yard skeins, Mirror FX in 60-yard skeins. Both are made in the United States, composed of 100% polyester, and retail for $13.95 a skein.
I definitely experienced a learning curve with these yarns. The fine thread easily evaded my needle when knitting or purling, and I often didn't notice the dropped thread for several rows. I also found that the thread was susceptible to snags and splits.
I finally achieved a smoother, more consistent effect by keeping my tension as relaxed as possible. This gave the sequins and yarn more room to adjust to any gaps or tight spots produced by the irregular placement of sequins. The loose tension was also important because the thread is completely inelastic. Squeezing your needle into a tight stitch can be quite a challenge.
Control Freaks Beware
I was most frustrated by my inability to control the exact placement of my sequins on the knitted fabric. Sometimes they'd lie on the knit side, other times on the purl side.
I could nudge a few of the sequins through to the outward-facing side of the fabric, but in any large-scale garment this would've been slow and frustrating. I should note that the problem totally disappears with scarves, because both sides are equally visible.
Sequins in Action: The Pairings
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