Episode 115: Sweater Wear and Tear

Ever wonder how some of my sweaters have stood the test of time? Then this is the episode for you! Let’s talk about 5 (or 6) of my most worn sweaters and how the yarn has held up over time. Armpits–front and center! Pilling! Felting! Let’s dig into Aileas, Reverb, Moinear, Nasrin, and Hikari and the yarn I used: longwools, Icelandic lopi, wools, wool blends, plies, spinning styles . . . Plus, a quick shop update and the final winner for our “Out of My League” KAL. Thanks to Sue Sitko for the prize! Come hang a while? ~Melissa

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1 Response to Episode 115: Sweater Wear and Tear

  1. Great episode – I loved hearing about how your garments are holding up to normal life. Do you think that the gauge you knit the yarn to has an impact on the durability because I’m convinced it does. Take, for example, a standard DK weight wool which traditionally would be knitted to a gauge of 22 stitches to 4 inches. If you knit this, as of course you are perfectly welcome to do, at 19 or 20 stitches to 4 inches you’d get a lovely loose fabric with more drape, but I suspect it will be more inclined to not only lose its shape, but to pill and even shrink more readily. I am very suspicious of the modern trend of giving a range of gauges that a yarn will knit to because it seems counter-intuitive that a fixed diameter yarn can behave optimally at all of those gauges. I’d be interested to hear your take on this.

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