Yarn Profile: Aurora 8
A smooth yet lofty Italian merino, Aurora 8 disproves wool's reputation as a scratchy material. It is incredibly soft, with a buoyancy and elasticity that make it a pleasure to work with.
Aurora 8 -- made up of eight two-ply strands spun in a tight, almost perpendicular twist -- didn't snag at all. Only a few times did the strands come un-spun at the ends of rows. This is a common trouble area since you're usually reversing the twist of your stitch from knit to purl, adding twist (or lack thereof) to your yarn.
Aurora 8 has the thick elasticity of yeasted bread dough, yet it is surprisingly lightweight. My stitches appeared beautifully even, consistent, and well-defined. I quickly gathered steam and was able to knit by touch alone without any problems.
Blocking / Washing
Stitches lost a small bit of their surface definition but formed a cohesive, nicely draping fabric in the process. The swatches didn't lose any elasticity.
Merino wants to felt. I put Aurora 8 through the "oops" test by dropping one swatch in the washing machine with a load of laundry. Much to my surprise, the swatch came out a bit misshapen but otherwise in good condition. It even survived a brief stint in the dryer without felting, although I'd never recommend such treatment for this yarn.
Lesson learned: Aurora 8 is a safe yarn to use for gifts where the recipient may forget and drop them in the washing machine by mistake. (To learn more about washing handknits, click here.)
Aurora 8 withstood an average amount of wear before beginning to pill. It didn't lose its elasticity and the overall fabric remained thick and strong, but I'd still recommend investing in a sweater shaver to keep your Aurora 8 garment looking good.
It's marvelous to hold and knits up at a quick pace. Its high stitch definition would support any textured garment beautifully.
The yarn's loftiness doesn't come with the usual oppressive weight, making it ideal for people in warmer climates. Its softness, no-scratch nature, and ability to survive machine washing without total destruction also make it ideal for special baby items.Talk about this yarn in our forums
Previous Reader Comments
"I agree - the Aurora 8 yarn is wonderful stuff. I made the 'luxury baby set' out of the Patternworks catalog, held the cables beautifully - not a bit scratch too, you'd never know this was wool yarn. I have to get some for myself now!!!!" Colleen, 5/31/2001
18 sts / 26 rows per 10 cm square using 4.5 to 5mm needles (US 7-8)
Average retail price
Where to Buy Online
The Handworks Gallery
Weight/Yardage per Skein
1.75 oz / 98 yards
Country of Origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Warm wash, do not wring, dry flat in shade, do not bleach, warm iron, do not tumble dry, dry cleanable.