Welcome to another exciting week at KNITmuch, where I’ll be knitting with Universal Yarn Uptown Baby Sport. Uptown Baby Sport is 100% pill-resistant acrylic yarn. Super soft in a wide array of shades, Uptown Baby Sport looks and feels great in projects for children.
Uptown Baby Sport is available in 27 different colors that are largely pastel, but with a few bold colors, like Petal, to spice things up. My color choices for the week are Pink Pearl (soft pink), Tea Rose (bold pink), Lily (creamy white), and of course, Petal, which is a bold coral color.
Each 3.5oz [100g] ball contains 361yds [330m], with a recommended knitting needle of US4 [3.5mm] = 24 sts x 30 rows = 4” [10cm] in stocking stitch. The recommended crochet hook is US G-6 [4mm] = 24 sc x 28 rows = 4” [10cm].
Caring for Uptown Baby Sport is easy – machine washable in cold water, and tumble dry at low heat, which is perfect for children’s wear as busy parents don’t often have time for special laundry care. This yarn is very soft to the touch, which is also a plus when making knitted items for children. Many a yarn snob will shy away from acrylic yarn. I consider myself a yarn snob, but when it comes to children’s wear and afghans, a soft acrylic is a great choice; mainly because of the laundry care.
I managed to get a close up view of individual strands. As you can see in the photo, it’s a plied yarn with a fairly tight twist. This, combined with following the laundry care instructions, give Uptown Baby Sport its’ anti-pilling qualities.
If you’re wondering where Sport fits into the scheme of yarn weights, it’s a step up from fingering, but finer than Double Knit (DK) weight. This means that typically smaller sized knitting needles are used to make garments. Tomorrow, I’ll be knitting some swatches to determine my needle size, and to play with a couple of different pattern motifs to measure the gauge.
I have some diverse projects in mind for Uptown Baby Sport this week. The theme is a Tea Party, a pink Tea Party to be exact. Our Uptown Girl will be sporting a lovely dress, while serving tea and cake to her friends. I hope you’ll join me for the balance of the week as I explore knitting with Uptown Baby Sport.