Fall Preview:
New Yarns from Rowan


Rowan yarns have a huge following, but they also have their critics. Some feel that, by focusing on smooth, finer-gauge yarns that deliver a delicate painter's palette of colors, Rowan has abandoned those of us who like a little bulk and texture.

Things began to change last year when Rowan introduced Kid Soft and Chunky Soft. Now Rowan is introducing four new lines of yarn for the fall, including the Rowanspun family and an ultimate instant-gratification yarn called Polar.

The yarns and Rowan Knitting Magazine No. 30 will be released August 1. In the meantime, here's an overview of the new yarns.

Rowanspun

Rowanspun Chunky
Rowanspun Aran
The 100% Rowanspun line is available in a 4 ply, DK, Aran, and chunky weights in a total of 34 shades.

It has a marvelous handle that is both soft and substantial, with a fuzzy look that will appeal to those knitters who don't always like perfectly defined stitches.




Polar

Rowan Polar
Rowan Polar
Polar is 60% wool, 30% alpaca, and 10% acrylic. It knits up at 12 sts and 16 rows per 10 cm square using US 11 (8mm) needles. That makes this a great instant gratification yarn.

The spin is loose, but the presence of alpaca and acrylic leads me to suspect that this yarn may hold up better than its all-wool counterparts over time.




Kidsilk Haze

Rowan Kidsilk Haze
Here Rowan has combined 70% super kid mohair with 30% silk. It's an interesting concept I haven't seen much of before, and the results are beautiful. When held up to the light, Kidsilk Haze emits a lovely, natural shine that is buffered by the fuzz of the mohair.

Kidsilk Haze supports a wide variety of needle sizes depending on the effect you want to achieve. It knits up at 18 to 25 sts and 23-34 rows per 10 cm square using US 3-8 (3.25-5mm) needles.




Lurex Shimmer

Rowan Lurex Shimmer
Here's where things start to get interesting! Lurex Shimmer is an 80% viscose, 20% polyester yarn for flashy projects where a little glitter is appropriate. The yarn knits up at 29 sts and 41 rows per 10 cm square using US 3 (3.25mm) needles.

Lurex Shimmer will be the star of the Night Life section in the next Rowan Knitting Magazine, no. 30.


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Previous Reader comments

"I love Rowan yarns. I've tried the Kid Classic in a sleeveless turtleneck, the Big Wool for a hat, and I'm working on a ribbed sweater using Wool Cotton. I can't wait to try polar for a long sweater jacket and kid silk haze for a dressier sweater" Sarah, 12/27/01

"I started a sweater in the Rowan Magazine 30. It's an orange turtleneck sweater out of the Polar and I love it! I started knitting it on Sunday and am already half way through the sweater. The Polar is wonderful to work with. It's so soft. There is a far amount of wool in it, but the alpaca makes it oh so nice. I was on a yarn diet, but this yarn and pattern caught my eye and demanded to be done. Now I'm hoping to have the sweater finished in a week and just in time for the first really cold spell. If you want a bulky very soft yarn, Polar is for you!" erica, 10/03/01

"There are already many bulky yarns on the market. Although Rowan's new yarns look lovely, I hope they keep producing the many beautiful finer weight yarns that I love." kathy, 7/20/01

"I can't wait to try that kidsilk haze! It looks soft and luxurious and I think I want to indulge myself with a sweater or scarf!" blbr2, 7/17/01

"I beg to differ. There are too many chunky/bulky yarns on the market as it is. I loved the fact that Rowan kept the flame going for those of us who never go heavier than DK." pbouvier, 7/17/01

"The new yarns from Rowan look absolutely great! Can't wait to get them, especially the Polar and Rowanspun." ym4wooleycat, 7/16/01

"Yes, I am a big Rowan fan and I loved the look of the new yarns and now can hardly wait for the next few weeks when they come out. I think Polar is a must buy. It is really hard for me to get Rowan though." myshortcuts, 7/13/01