Yarn Profile: Jaeger Chamonix
If you've ever fantasized about being able to work in your pajamas without getting funny stares from your coworkers, order a batch of Chamonix and start knitting.
Chamonix was introduced in the fall of 2001 by Jaeger, a British luxury yarn manufacturer that—along with Rowan—is owned by yarn conglomerate Coats Patons. Chamonix is one of the loftiest angora blends I've encountered. What looks like a strip of dense, homemade spaghetti is actually as lightweight and airy as popcorn.
My only regret is that it's only available in a few colors, almost all of which are wispy pastels. Let's hope Jaeger gets the message and adds more colors.
Chamonix has a fair amount of elasticity to it. As a result, I had to pay close attention to my gauge to make sure it was even on both knit and purl rows.
This was the only potential issue I had. Otherwise, Chamonix was pure perfection. It didn't even leave fuzz all over everything, which many other angora blends do.
Blocking / Washing
My swatches emerged from the wash intact, drying almost instantly. With only a quick pat of a towel, the swatches were firmly blocked.
Once dry, they returned to their original soft, airy texture. Washing hadn't matted down the fibers, and the gauge stayed absolutely constant.
Angora and merino are both relatively delicate fibers, but the cable spin and 5% polyamid help to fortify the yarn.
Once I began the brutal but necessary thrashing process, Chamonix finally began to shed small amounts of fuzz. After a few minutes, the swatches began to form small puffy pills that were easily removed.
Even after more pills and more fuzz, the swatches still looked remarkably good.
Depending on where you live, an hour with a therapist could run you $100. Meanwhile, years of comfort from a Chamonix sweater costs only $135. For me, the math makes sense.
My only caution: If you do go with Chamonix, be prepared for total strangers to come up and touch you!
47% merino wool
14.5 stitches and 20 rows per 4-inch (10cm) square on 7mm (US 10.5 / 11) needles
Average retail price
$14.95 / skein
Where to Buy Online
The Knitting Garden
Weight/Yardage per Skein
50g. / 120 yards
Country of Origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Hand wash, cool iron, do not bleach. Dry clean in certain solvents. Dry flat out of direct heat and sunlight. Do not tumble dry.