A skein of Jam
Jam knitted up
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Yarn Profile: Knit One Crochet Too Jam

First Impressions
Sometimes you want to take a break from your serious knitting projects to do something quick and fun. Or you suddenly realize you're on the verge of missing someone's birthday and you need to do something quick.

Jam is perfect for both occasions. It has rich visual appeal, with bright colors and complex textures that do all the work for you. Just cast on and knit.

Made in China for the Maine-based yarn company Knit One Crochet Too, Jam combines soft, airy fluff with sparkle and feltlike clumps of thick fringe every inch or so.

All the Jam colors are multi-hued. For this review, I used Papaya, a fruity blend of pink, yellow, and orange.

Knitting Up
Considering everything that's going on within a single strand of Jam, the yarn is pleasantly easy to work with. The only issue of note are those thick protruding fringe clumps, which tend to bunch up and interrupt the flow of your stitches unless you knit loosely.

The clumps also slow the process of ripping out stitches (should have to do this), but it can be done. I would not recommend this yarn for total beginners until you're comfortable with the basic formation of knitted fabric. Otherwise, should you drop a stitch, you'll be in trouble.

Otherwise, in no time at all I had my review swatches done. In stockinette, the purl side was more evenly fluffy than the knit side. A simple garter stitch displayed the fluff evenly on both sides.

Blocking / Washing
My swatches did equally well in cold and warm water, with no fading or bleeding and no visible change in the fabric surface.

An old trick with fluff-style yarns like this is to add a dab of hair conditioner to your rinse—it leaves the fabric feeling extra soft, and it keeps the lashes fluid and lustrous. I did this and had excellent results.

The yarn has no bounce or real fiber memory, so you'll need to block the knitted item back into shape after washing. Don't apply heat unless you want a wad of melted nylon on your hands. Just tug it here and there until you have the shape you like, then let it dry flat on a towel.

Wearing
Chaotic yarns such as Jam are ideal in the wearability department because their wild surface conceals any signs of wear. Jam is perfect for scarves and any other next-to-the-skin garments.

Over time it will become more matted and fatigued, but you'll get a good amount of wear from this yarn before needing to trade it in.

Keep adding a small dab of hair conditioner in your rinse and the fabric will stay soft and fluid far longer, too.

Conclusion
So you're using a yarn that does all the work for you. So you can whip up a gorgeous garter stitch scarf out of Jam in no time flat. Does this make you a cheater? No.

Some yarns are innately amazing, and complex stitchwork would detract from this beauty. Others require more sculpting to show their full potential. But both types are equally valid.

Jam is on my very, very short list of wild, fast-knitting scarf yarns. It is soft, knits up quickly, and looks fabulous.

It is also ideally priced for gifts: A two-skein scarf will cost you just $18 and is sure to be appreciated by its recipient. But you'd better get an extra few skeins for yourself, because after a few projects with Jam you'll be hooked.

 
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