Yarn Profile: Rowanspun DK
New yarns excite me, and the Rowanspun line was no exception. For weeks I carried the DK skein in my knitting bag, pulling it out periodically to admire.
I even caught myself harboring covetous thoughts of skipping a review so I could use the yarn for my own selfish purposes. With that much anticipation, I suppose it was only natural that I felt a little disappointed when I finally got to knit with it.
The Rowanspun line presents a new and unusual consistency for wool, not unlike a strand of spaghetti coated in lint from your dryer. The DK weight is airy and light, combining the matte look of brushed mohair with the huggability of chenille and the fineness of Shetland wool.
Rowanspun is available in 4-ply, DK, Aran, and chunky weights. The DK comes in 10 colors: blue, turqoise, green, purple, red, pumpkin, brown, tan, grey, and white (names mine, not theirs). All the tones are rich and earthy, and many of them have a heathered effect.
Pattern support begins with Rowan Knitting Magazine #30 (Fall 2001).
On the flip side, however, the yarn is extremely elastic. I worked hard to maintain a steady tension, but my stitches still appeared slightly uneven. The somewhat slubby texture of the yarn helped add to the hand-knit look.
Blocking / Washing
Those somewhat bland swatches with uneven stitches became soft, cohesive, almost flannel-like pieces of knitted fabric. They needed no blocking whatsoever, and the gauge stayed true.
Considering this frailty, I was surprised at how much of a beating my swatches took before they finally surrendered.
Initially the surface became more cohesive and fabric-like with wear, but finally the pilling began.
But if you like the Rowan aesthetic and want to have a little of it in your own life, Rowanspun DK is the perfect choice.
I'm also pleased with the price. For only $7.50, you get 219 yards of yarn from one of the world's most respected design houses. And you really do get your money's worth.
Previous Reader Comments
"Excellent review. I decided this yarn is definitely not for me. After all Rowan is no longer the great Rowan it used to be. It's now Coats. The yarns I like are Jaeger which is also Coats, but at lest here we have great regular yarns." mpoller, 9/28/2001
20-21 sts and 29-30 rows per 10 cm (4 inch) square on 4-4.5mm (US 6-7) needles
Average retail price
$7.50 / skein
Where to Buy Online
The Knitting Garden
Weight/Yardage per Skein
50g. / 219 yards
Country of Origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Dry clean or hand wash in soap flakes; do not soak; cool rinse; do not wring; short spin; do not leave wet; reshape and dry flat away from direct sunlight; use damp pressing cloth.