Yarn Profile: Berroco Cirrus
But be not deceived. What appears one way on the skein can often transform into quite another thing on the needles. I suspected Cirrus would be one such yarn.
The construction is unique. Picture a fine, somewhat shiny strand of nylon that's been knitted into a small but very loose tube. Now, imagine a blend of extra fine Merino and superkid Mohair fibers, heathered in hue, that appear to be shot inside the tube. The generous staple length and natural narrowing tendency of knitted tube conspire to hold the fibers in place. There is no real twist to this yarn. It's like clouds caught in a butterfly net.
I chose somewhat pointy tipped Addi Turbo Rockets and had only a few snagging problems. The Rockets are so slick, though, that I inadvertently slipped several stitches off the needle by mistake. A larger project might benefit from grabbier wood or bamboo needles, just be mindful that the pointier the tip, the greater the potential for snagging. Here you're not just worried about snagging clumps of fiber but one of the tiny nylon strands of mesh.
With my slipped stitches came dropped stitches, which are usually a nightmare with this kind of low-visibility yarn. Nevertheless, the stitches were rescued without great distress, and the resulting fabric showed no scars from surgery. You will, however, need to be very patient when frogging any large pieces of fabric made from this yarn, as the loose fiber ends enjoy enmeshment with neighboring stitches.
My stockinette looked friendly enough. I switched over to garter to see how it would fare. The purl ridges provided a welcome contrast to the smooth stockinette face, but they didn't really stand up in high relief. I imagine anything more complicated than this would be a waste of time, all definition lost to the halo and flatness of fabric.
The yarn did shed some as I worked it. Not a ton, but the stray fibers were definitely noticeable on my black pants.
Blocking / Washing
There was just a faint poof of silver something in the water. I'm not sure if it was dye or spinning oil, but it came out easily. The swatch rinsed clear immediately.
Wet, the swatch seemed sad and aimless. I blotted out the excess moisture and waited for it to dry, curious how much the wool and mohair would pull the fabric back together.
From a touch perspective, 60% Cirrus is composed of extremely fine fibers that shouldn't produce any prickle unless you have a preexisting sensitivity. As for that 40% nylon, if you're a princess-and-the-pea type, your fingers might pick up on the plastic. But it's there to keep the rest from falling apart. It has a reason for existing.
The sheen and halo make it glamorous, the 60% Mohair/Merino make it warm and breathable, and the 40% nylon makes it durable and, perhaps most important, affordable. Cirrus costs just $8 per 114-yard skein. The more sensitive among you will easily discern the faint stickiness of the nylon, but the natural fibers work hard to help you forget. The affordable price doesn't hurt either.
I see this yarn for gauzy tops, shawls, anything open and airy—or even a slouchy hat. It's just not tremendously high on spring or bounce, so don't go too heavy on the patterning or the garment itself. Let bold and basic be your motto.
42% superkid Mohair
18% extra-fine Merino
3.75 stitches per inch on US 10 (6mm) needles
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Weight/yardage per skein
25g / 114 yds (104m)
Country of origin
Made in Italy
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Handwash cold, dry flat.
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