Depending on your first experiences in knitting, on who taught you, on your taste, on your budget, and on a whole lot of other factors, you may find yourself in the “I only knit kid’s sweaters with acrylic” camp, or you may be in the “children can’t be warm in acrylic and need wool sweaters” camp. I’m not here to say one is right and the other wrong. All yarns have their merits and today I’d like to introduce you to Fibra Natura’s Dona. This superwash merino wool yarn is washable and yet it’s not like the superwash yarns that came into stores a few years ago.
DK weight yarn is my favorite. There’s nothing I enjoy more than taking out yet another pair or set of 4mm needles and casting on some Double Knitting (some call it light worsted) weight yarn. Dona is a squishy, soft and lofty yarn that really is a pleasure to knit.
As you can see in the above picture. It consists of 6 strands of 2 plies twisted together with an S-twist. The 6 strands are also spun with an S-twist, but the number of twists per inch is small enough to prevent it from feeling like cord, but frequent enough to prevent it from being ‘splitty’. I only knit some swatches this time, each one was very light for the amount of surface area. The yarn is soft both knit up, as a single strand, and in the ball.
It’s a superwash merino. So this exquisite breed has triumphed once again in the yarn world, providing the mill in Italy with a micron count that is so small, I would say that even the Princess (she of the pea sensitivity…feeling one through several mattresses) would not be able to say there is an itch factor in this yarn. And even though the yarn has been treated so that it doesn’t shrink, it really stays soft and doesn’t have that crunchiness that some superwash types do. This is what makes it an excellent alternative to acrylic yarn. It doesn’t pill when washed, and it’s super warm and soft.
The yarn comes in 32 colors, some richly intense, and some pastels. I chose vanilla, black and real teal for this week’s posts.
Looking at this closeup of the Vanilla skein, you can see that the way the yarn is twisted, there is a lot of play on light and sheen. There isn’t one ounce of silk or rayon or any other shiny fiber, yet there’s a gentle glimmer amidst the plies in every twist. I like that the vanilla is truly a creamy off-white and not a bleached white with little character.
The real teal is intense and alive (teal happens to be my favorite color, ever). and I can’t wait to knit myself a hat (I rarely knit for myself). The black is rich as well.
This week’s posts are going to explore the interplay of color with black and white. We will look at color blocking, fair isle, and more. Stay tuned.
This is part 1 of 5 in this series.
Go to part 2: 3 fixes for knitting intarsia
- Bobbles on the yoke: knitting a child’s top-down sweater using Toy Box - March 2, 2018
- Knit easy child slippers with Toy Box colors - March 1, 2018
- 6 patterns are very soft knit up in Toy Box yarn - February 28, 2018
- Using a swatch to practice weaving in ends with a crochet hook - February 27, 2018
- Out of the Toy Box! Knitting with marled, self-striping chunky yarn - February 26, 2018
- Knitting a versatile gift bag using leftover yarn - February 2, 2018
- Using hyperbolic theory to knit a holiday ornament - February 1, 2018
- How to knit and finish sturdy gift boxes - January 31, 2018
- Knitting a flat circle in the round becomes a crumb catcher - January 30, 2018
- Coasting right into double knitting - January 29, 2018