Friday, January 14, 2011
KNITPICKS CHROMA REVIEW
For years knitters have enjoyed the beautiful color shifting yarns like Noro Kureyon, Crystal Palace Mochi, and others. They were beautiful and fun to knit with, but expensive. Knitpicks, a company that offers yarns at much lower prices, just came out with their hot new Noro spinoff Chroma. Lots of people want to know how it knits up, and how it does in the wash. Here are my answers:
1. It is much softer than Noro!
2. It is less fuzzy than Mochi.
3. You can buy a big 100g ball with 198 yards for $8.99.
4. The colorways aren't as nice, but some are not bad. Shown above is "Galapagos" in worsted weight on the left, and fingering weight on the right. My favorite is "Lollipop".
5. My sample was colorfast in the wash, but boy does it felt!!!!
At left is a swatch I knitted up with Chroma worsted. I used #8 needles and 20 stitches. It is unblocked, and measures a little over four inches square. Click to enlarge.
At right is the same swatch after a gentle hand washing. The stitches have relaxed a little, and it is a bit fuzzier. The dimensions have not changed.
Finally, here is the same poor swatch after a vigorous washing and some serious agitation. We have shrinking and felting!! This is a great thing if you want felt, it is a bad thing if your hand knit socks accidently get run through the washer. Beware!
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