Yarn Profile: Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere
Although Bliss provides a few child-sized designs for this yarn, the majority of her Cotton Cashmere designs are for adults.
Another word of advice: File your nails before you try knitting with Cotton Cashmere. The slightest uneven fingernail will drag on the yarn, potentially pulling one of the many plies loose from the knitted fabric.
Otherwise, the yarn produced a smooth and steady knitted fabric with beautiful stitch definition. I compare it to drawing with a fine-nibbed pen.
Blocking / Washing
They dried perfectly flat and smooth with no bias and no blocking necessary. Despite a modest amount of agitation, they lost none of their crisp stitch definition, either.
A medium amount of friction caused surface blur and occasional pilling on my swatches. The loose pills were easy enough to remove, but the surface blur was there to stay.
I'm not saying that Cotton Cashmere is a waste of your money necessarily. But you should know that the pristine just-finished appearance on your garment won't last.
The softness will, however. The more I attempted to destroy my swatches, the softer they became.
The yarn's reasonable price is possibly aided by the fact that there's only 15% cashmere in the mix. A basic medium-sized woman's sweater will barely scratch the $100 mark. You have 16 shades to choose from, including various hues of blues and greens as well as red, black, and a bright orange I found especially attractive for fall.
I should also note that some of the issues I had with Cotton Cashmere are standard fare with most cottons.
As a fairly inelastic plant fiber, cotton lacks the kind of bounce and fiber memory we see in wool. And the less bounce and fiber memory you have, the faster the surface texture may degrade.
22 stitches per 4 inch square using US 5 (3.75 mm) needles
Average retail price
Where to buy online
The Knitting Garden
Weight/yardage per skein
50 g. / 105 yards
Country of origin
Suggested wash method
Hand wash in lukewarm water, cool iron, do not bleach. Dry cleanable in certain solvents -- consult cleaner. Do not tumble dry; dry flat out of direct heat and sunlight.
Color used in review