Yarn Profile: Dalegarn Hauk
The goal is to create an even more weather-friendly fiber than wool already is.
Dale's new Teflon-treated yarn is called Hauk. It's so new, in fact, that most stores won't be getting their order for a few weeks yet. Be patient, and read on so you'll know what to expect.
Hauk is totally interchangeable with Dale's non-Teflon, pure-wool counterpart, Heilo, which means you'll have plenty of patterns at your disposal. Heilo is also the oldest yarn from Dale, having been produced since 1938.
For the sake of this review, I also swatched Heilo so I could get a clearer comparison of where the Teflon came in handy and where it wasn't noticeable.
The yarn has a dry feel to it, rugged but not scratchy. The fibers have a long staple of five inches or so, with some crimp but not as much as the super-soft, shorter-staple Merino. The longer staple means greater durability.
My stitches were even, and the edges of my swatches curled in on themselves tightly—something I hoped blocking would fix.
Blocking / Washing
Even during the wash, when I'd pull my swatches out and squeeze them partly dry, I could see hundreds of tiny sparkles. The color didn't bleed a bit, and the swatches dried perfectly flat and smooth.
The fiber bloomed slightly, giving the fabric a more even cohesive and even surface. There was absolutely no change in gauge.
Because of the long staple length of each fiber that composes Hauk, the yarn will survive a great deal of wear and tear before showing any signs of fatigue. Even pills took a long, long time to appear.
Of course the real story here is the Teflon. I wasn't sure what to expect, and it took several tests to see what the real value is.
While the water didn't form distinct beads when it hit the surface of the swatches, it did sit on the top of the fabric and not sink in, at least not quickly. Moreover, when I gave my swatches a quick shake, the water seemed to fly off much more easily than in the non-Teflon Heilo.
I moistened the top of one swatch, set it on a piece of paper, and came back several minutes later—the water was still on top, and the paper was still dry. By comparison, the water passed through my Heilo swatches and onto the paper below.
This works in the opposite direction, too, which you may or may not want: The yarn won't absorb perspiration. If you're exercising outdoors, you're advised to wear a moisture-wicking undershirt to you'll stay warm and dry.
In both cases, Hauk is a brilliant addition. It's not an end-all solution to getting wet, but it will give you a little added protection.
From a wearability standpoint, it is highly durable and entirely appropriate for all everyday garb. Normally I joke about yarns not being suitable for teenage soccer teams, but in this case, Hauk would be perfect. Likewise, it'd make any sweater-wearing person (or pooch) extremely happy.
Dalegarn (the yarn department of Dale of Norway)
24 stitches and 30 rows per 4 inch square using 3 to 3.5 mm needles
Average retail price
Not known yet, but we're guessing in the $5.95 range.
Where to buy online
The yarn is still being shipped from the manufacturer, so we'll update you as soon as we know of online vendors carrying Hauk.
Weight/yardage per skein
50g / 109 yards
Country of origin
Suggested wash method
Handwash in lukewarm water, dry flat.
Color used in review