Yarn Profile: Cleckheaton Gusto
Here's where quick-knitting yarns come in handy (these are also referred to as "weekend yarns" because you can knit an entire sweater in two days). Most such yarns fall into two categories: inexpensive but uninspiring synthetics, or extremely expensive and luxurious (Colinette yarns are one such example). I'm happy to introduce a yarn that spans these two categories nicely: Cleckheaton Gusto.
The fiber content is 30% wool, 30% mohair, and 40% acrylic, which means you still get the satisfying feel and look of natural fiber but the durability and reasonable price of acrylics. Colors are limited to a rather basic, adult spectrum of black, navy, grey, white, cream, yellow, and berry red (names mine, not Cleckheaton's).
Otherwise, it's very easy to work with, and the stitches come out quite even -- even if, like me, your knit rows have the tendency to look a bit different than your purl rows.
Blocking / Washing
But after washing, my gauge expanded to an even 2 stitches per inch. I don't see this as a huge problem, but you should definitely keep this in mind as you size your garment.
And the end result was surprisingly soft and attractive. If you add a little bit of detail to your Gusto project -- say a few colors or a little cable here and there -- few people would know it only took you a weekend to make.
It's soft but durable, and the colors limited but attractive. An average-sized women's sweater would take about 11 skeins, at $6.99 apiece, so you're still looking at an investment... but well worth it if you want to keep peace in the family.
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2 1/2 sts/inch (US 15 needles)
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Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Hand wash, cold rinse well. Do not wring, iron, or tumble dry. Dry flat in shade. Do not bleach. Dry-cleanable.