Yarn Profile: Classic Elite LaGran
Today, many years later, that sweater occupies a prized position in my closet. It's not a very remarkable item, nor was my knitting, so I credit all the "oohs" and "aaahs" I receive to the yarn itself.
The La Gran colors are anything but basic, and that's what makes them so appealing to me. There are soft greens, vibrant corals (as you can see in the test swatch above), gentle yellows, pinks, and blues that are are impossible to define... and the list goes on.
As an added bonus, Classic Elite continues to publish a variety of patterns for La Gran that are among my favorite. So it's easy to buy a full package and know that it'll work. I don't mean to sound biased, but I like this stuff.
An added bonus is that this yarn feels very similar to having a cat on your lap (complete with the fuzz they leave behind).
Blocking / Washing
I don't advise blocking this yarn with an iron, no matter how low the heat or thick the towel (between the iron and the garment). You'll end up with a wad of fiber that resembles a horse blanket. Trust me, I (regretfully) speak from experience on this one.
Second, the long fibers in La Gran's fluff can, over time, spin themselves together into larger entities that almost look like dreadlocks. And finally, don't forget to wear something under your garment! It may feel thick, but if you're knitting one strand of La Gran using the recommended needle size, you'll have yourself one potentially see-through sweater. I've got quite embarrassing photos to prove my point.
I hear people complain that La Gran is priced too high. You might be able to find similar mohair for less than La Gran, but always check the fiber content (does the lower-priced yarn have a higher nylon content, for example) and color cards. For me, the softness and colors keep me coming back for more.
Classic Elite Yarns
Heavy worsted; 4 sts/inch (US 9 needles)
Average retail price
Weight/Yardage per Skein
1 1/2 oz./90 yards
Country of Origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Hand wash cool, dry flat.