Inspiration, Yarn Reviews

Merino Extrafine Aran by Patons

I have used this yarn to test my Grasshopper knit poncho, the Red Hot Chilly Mittens and the DNA mittens in colors #236 Tea Rose and #292 Medium Grey Heather.

For the poncho, I used US size 10 / UK size 4 / 6mm circular needles.
For the fingerless mittens, I used US size 8 / UK size 6 / 5mm double-pointed needles.

Gauge:

4”/10cm = 18 stitches and 24 rows in stockinette stitch, US size 10 / UK size 4 / 6mm needles

GOOD:

  • super soft yarn, very lovely to the touch, feels really warm, washes well
  • gorgeous fabric: dense, squishy and stretchy, excellent texture
  • amazing stitch definition, neat and crisp stitches

BAD:

  • splits quite badly
  • all the grey skeins had too many black and white fluff pieces in between which I had to pick out
  • 10 of 12 grey skeins had several nasty joins in the middle (to avoid unwanted joins in the middle of the fabric, I had to manually rewind every skein before using it to detect potential issues)

The yarn washes quite well (I did treat it with respect and hand-washed my fingerless mittens in a lukewarm, almost cold water with a special wool detergent) but it takes some time to dry. I didn’t wash bigger/heavier items to see how they behave afterward.

OVERALL:

Despite its splitty side and the ugly knots here and there, working with this yarn was more of a positive rather than a negative experience due to its clear stitch definition. And I do enjoy wearing my mittens as they are super warm and not itchy at all.

Have you used this yarn? How do you feel about it? Tell me in the comments!

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