Evermore yarn: care instructions, tension, needles and loft

Evermore is a really interesting yarn to work with. It’s a single strand of roving-like yarn with a gentle twist. It’s lovely and soft with a beautiful blooming halo of fuzziness around each strand and knitted garment. Evermore is the perfect yarn to work with heading into the cold weather.

Evermore yarn from Red Heart!

The fiber content of Evermore really adds to the beauty of the yarn itself. This is one of the yarns from Red Heart that has 20% wool content. The rest of the yarn is acrylic, but that wool content means you must take a little more care when washing your garment.

The care instructions on the label suggest hand washing in cold water and dry flat. No ironing or bleaching, and only have it professionally dry cleaned. The professionally dry cleaned part gave me a little laugh because it begs the question, are there unprofessional dry cleaners? A black market of rogue dry cleaners who have rebelled against the system?

Come to think of it, I’ve never had any of my knits professionally (or unprofessionally) dry cleaned. Has anyone else? I would be very interested to know your experience if you’re willing to share in the comments.

The care label from Evermore yarn with the recommended hook and needle sizes.

Getting back to the yarn construction, I mentioned that Evermore is a roving-like yarn. What does this mean? The yarn is very natural feeling and has an unspun look. There are many great benefits to this style of yarn, but a couple of important points to know before you start.

The stitch definition is going to be subtle. If you’re doing a very intricate stitch pattern, all your that work may not stand out as much as you would like. This is also great news for beginner knitters who haven’t quite managed to get their tension absolutely perfect. While this yarn may not make your stitch pattern stand out, it will make any issues with tension or imperfect stitches less noticeable.

In an article last month, I talked about loft and how it holds in heat. Evermore has lots of lofts to keep in warm air.

Two skeins of Evermore in the colors Cabana (left) and Cotton Candy (right)

One thing you’ll have to make sure you’re paying attention to is your tension. The yarn spreads out on the stitches, so if your tension is very tight, you’re going to split your stitch when you go to knit it. The needle will pass right through the center of your yarn. Evermore has very little twist to stop it from happening, so you need to be mindful. It’s much easier to avoid splitting your stitch when your tension is generous.

Carefully choosing your needle type will also aid in this endeavor. Blunt needles are less likely to go through your working yarn than sharp ones. At the very least, you’re more likely to notice the needle going through the yarn.

See how the first stitch is split on the needle? Also, the rest of the stitches are wider than you would think. Be mindful when knitting with any roving or roving-like yarn.

These are just a few general tips and my initial thoughts on Evermore yarn from Red Heart. It’s always useful to know a little bit about how the yarn feels before planning your project. If you need special needles, or know you have to have a loose tension, you can make sure you’re doing those things right from the start of the project rather than halfway through.

This is part 1 of 3 in this series.

Go to part 2: Knitting Snowy Arm Warmers pattern using Red Heart Evermore yarn

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