Knit Picks yarn The Knitter issue 103

Yarn reviews: Knit Picks in The Knitter issue 103

25th October 2016

Two of the patterns in issue 103 of The Knitter use Knit Picks yarns: this stunning Estonian lace-inspired shawl by Elizabeth Lovick, and Katya Frankel's Radnor broken rib socks.

Knit Picks alpaca cloud shawl

Elizabeth's Maarika square shawl is worked from the centre out, starting with a circular cast-on into a  range of patterns incorporating hearts from clusters of nupps. It's knitted in Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud, which is available in 61 gorgeous shades.

It's a laceweight yarn, 100% baby alpaca, which comes in 50g balls that give 440 yards, and hand wash only. It's ideal for lace as it's extremely warm but very light, and baby alpaca is the softest alpaca available.

You can see the shawl in more detail below, where diamonds are filled with heart-shaped clusters of nupps and eyelet flowers.

Elizabeth Lovick Maarika shawl

The Radnor socks are designed by Katya Frankel, in Knit Picks' hand-painted Hawthorne Fingering yarn. This high-twist 4ply is a blend of 80% superwash fine Highland wool and 20% polyamide, to give hard-wearing yet supersoft socks, which can be gently machined washed and tumble dried on a low heat.

Each 100g skein gives 357 yards, and the yarn comes in 30 variegated shades. 

Radnor socks Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering

The socks come in two men's sizes: medium (to fit foot circumference 24cm) and large (to fit foot circumference 29cm). They're worked from the top down with a slip stitch heel.

Our sample was knitted in the larger size and this used up the whole skein, so note that if your tension varies or you need to knit a longer leg or foot then you may run out of yarn.

Knit Picks Radnor socks

To order Knit Picks yarn from the UK website (with free shipping for orders over £35) click here.

For where to buy or download your copy of issue 103, click here.

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