Help! I need some yarn suggestions.
I’d like to make an old Vogue Knitting pattern that has cables done in two colors (either using Intarsia or stranded knitting). The original pattern called for Scheepjeswool Superwash Plus. I can’t find any information on it other than what’s in the pattern – it was put up in 50 gram balls of 88 yd/80m, and the gauges listed were 18 st/24 rows in stockinette on US 8 (5mm), or 20 st/26 rows on US 7 (4.5mm), which I’m guessing was probably aran/worsted.
I need to size down the pattern, and I think the best way to do that will be to use a thinner yarn at a tighter gauge. (The pattern is written for only two sizes, 43″ and 48″, but with the same number of stitches for both – just using a different needle size.) I haven’t done any swatching at all yet, but I’m thinking I’ll probably need DK, or possibly even sport weight.
- DK or sport-weight.
- Must come in solid black and solid white/off-white.
- The black dye must be color-fast because of the black/white colorwork.
- Smooth enough for good cable definition.
- Can’t be too saggy – needs to hold its shape fairly well since it will be heavy with the cables and colorwork.
- Reasonably soft, since it’s a pullover and it will be worn against the skin at least on the arms and around the neck. It doesn’t have to be as soft as Cashmere or Merino, but certainly softer than Shetland.
- Being able to buy it locally would be a big plus, but not required.
- Preferably not something that will break the bank, since I’m going to need a lot of yarn. But I do want a decent yarn.