Yarn Profile: Summer Tweed
This lightweight silk/cotton blend has been spun to achieve a very raw, tweedy texture similar to that of oatmeal, with an equally dry, almost powdery texture.
Although there are a few natural, earthy colors available, the majority are bright and obviously artificial.
The texture and smell may not have been that knitterly, but the yarn itself knit up extremely well. Stitches moved smoothly and snaglessly from needle to needle, appearing steady and even in the knitted swatches.
By the very nature of its spin and fiber composition, Summer Tweed has absolutely no bounce or elasticity. You'll want to maintain a relaxed tension so you'll have room to ease your needles into each stitch. For the same reasons, be sure to cast on and off loosely.
There were small brown papery flecks in the yarn, many of which ended up on my lap by the time I was done knitting.
Blocking / Washing
The swatches lost most of their peculiar smell in the wash. With a little careful prodding, they dried in perfect form.
The fabric relaxed and flattened without any change in gauge.
The washed swatches became much softer, yet they didn't lose their dry papery feel. The more I thrashed them, the softer they became.
There's no bounce or fiber memory to this yarn, so most garments will require periodic reblocking.
I still think its oatmeal-like texture could have used a more earthy color treatment. Fluorescent green and tangerine orange seem a little out of place.
Summer Tweed would perform beautifully as a fitted lightweight summer tank top or short-sleeved sweater. I can imagine the elbows wearing thin prematurely on any long-sleeved sweater, however.
Considering Summer Tweed's silk content and the designer origin, contrasted with its pre-aged look, the $7.95 per 118-yard skein price is reasonably fair. But because of the disconnect between the yarn's look and feel (at least initially), I strongly recommend you touch it yourself before you buy.
16 stitches and 23 rows per 4 inch square on US 8 (5mm) needles
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Weight/Yardage per Skein
50g. / 118 yards
Country of Origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Dry clean or hand wash in mild soap. 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.