23 March 2012

Speaking of Yarn: Worsted Merino Superwash (Plymouth Yarn)

I know that I have mentioned my love for Worsted Merino Superwash by Plymouth Yarn in the past, but would like to talk more specifically about why I love it.


This yarn is a glorious 100% superwash fine merino wool in worsted weight.  It is sold in a standard 218 yards per 100 grams skein and comes in 56 different lovely colors.

The first project I knitted with this yarn was a pair of worsted weight socks, which I adore and have been worn often with minimal pilling (oh how I hate pilling).  I am currently working on my second project using this yarn, my Beatnik.  The colorway I chose for my current project is a comforting navy blue with flecks of purple mixed in.  The thing I like about this yarn the most is its elasticity, it is the most springy merino I have ever worked with!

Overall, on Ravelry people seem to enjoy this yarn as well, people seem to like the feel of it (it has this texture that I cannot describe, I would recommend taking a look for yourself) describing it as soft and high quality.  There were some complaints of color bleeding, splitting, and pilling (don't put in dryer).  I have had it bleed during hand washing, but the color did not fade much.  I don't think that the yarn is splitty at all, but then again, I do not seem as bothered by splitting as some people.  I have had it pill a little bit, but only after quite a bit of wear.



Pros:
- Amazing stitch definition (especially with cables!)
- Super springy and elastic
- Pretty colorways
- Superwash and appears to wear well (at least for me)
- Rips out well (don't ask)
- Lovely merino smell!

Cons:
- Ends unravel a lot
- Expensive

Final thoughts: I have really enjoyed working with this yarn personally.  The texture of the yarn is irresistible to me.  I always look forward to knitting with it and would certainly buy it again!

*** According to FTC law, I'm required to disclose that I have not received free products or compensation for this review, and that my personal opinions on the product are represented here.

13 comments:

  1. I usually use Cascade 220 superwash. I can't imagine Plymouth would cost more than that, so I will check into it.

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  2. I wish they sold this in Manhattan, it sounds like something I'd want to try!

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  3. I've never tried the merino superwash and will have to check it out. I have knit small blankets with Plymouth Encore and liked it well enough, but wish it was softer. Plymouth has some wonderful yarn-- the Fantasy Naturale is a nice sturdy cotton, and Boku felts beautifully. Thanks for the recommendation, I'm always interested in trying new yarn! Have a great weekend.

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  4. By the way, Disqus is working just fine for comments from my point of view.

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  5. They don't seem to sell that yarn here in the UK, which is a shame, because I LOVE trying new yarn. Oh well, maybe I can pick it up when I visit my parents next year :)

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  6. Oh you enabler! I am pretty darn sure I need some of this now too :)))

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  7. Those are some great suggestions, I'm going to have to try the Fantasy Naturale because I'm in love with cotton! Also, thanks for letting me know about Disqus.

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  8. I'm a big fan of superwash merino but haven't tried Plymouth yet ... thanks for the great review and recommendation. I'm in search of some now!

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  9. I had to look up the cost of the yarn, indeed quite pricey! Cascade 220 has a superwash, and I don't think it's as expensive. If you don't have to have superwash, Paton's Classic wool is fantastic and much cheaper. Webs has great wool yarns too and lots of discount options.

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  10. I've never worked with it myself, but it superwash merino is one of my favorites. And as far as it's expensive, I'd say it's probably worth the cost to get a high quality yarn! Love the color by the way, it's amazing!

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  11. Wow, I don't understand this new commenting! Sorry. I was trying to link to my blog, but I have no idea how! Just so you know, this is Erin from Creating the Day!

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  12. I usually use cascade 220 too, but I'd be interested to try!

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