Yarn Profile: Classic Elite Lush
It lacks the telltale furriness of other angora blends we've reviewed. Instead, it possesses an exceptional softness and body comparable to worsted-weight cashmere.
This being a Classic Elite yarn, you won't find the usual powder-puff baby colors of other angoras. It's available in 21 earthy hues including reds, greens, purples, and blues.
Very little fuzz or fluff was produced—a welcome relief after having reviewed several sneeze-inducing blends. Stitches appear even and consistent, and the 4.5 sts/inch gauge means speedy progress.
Blocking / Washing
The fiber consistency didn't change much except for a slight bloom in fuzziness. But the gauge in my swatches expanded from 5 sts/inch to 4 1/2 sts/inch. (I should note here that I used 5.5mm needles and knit rather tightly, hence the difference in gauge between my own and what's listed on the yarn label.)
Definitely keep this expansion in mind, as it could make the difference between a nice-fitting sweater and a Goodwill donation.
The swatches didn't show any signs of pilling until I'd submitted them to quite a bit of thrashing. At that point the surface of the swatches began to show their age with large pills and an underlying surface of tired-looking fuzz. Hopefully your sweaters will never get this kind of abuse, but be forewarned.
An average women's sweater will require some 10 skeins, which brings the total bill to $99.50. For a soft, warm, durable, handknit, 50% angora sweater, that's not a bad price.
I wholeheartedly recommend this yarn for any level user and any project where you'd like extra softness and luxury without breaking the bank. Treat it with more care than I did in my tests, and it'll fare well.
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Classic Elite Yarns
4.5 sts/inch using US 8 (5.0mm) needles
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Weight/Yardage per Skein
50g / 124 yards
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Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Handwash cold, dry flat.