Product Review: Berrocco Cotton Twist
Yarn name: Cotton Twist
Weight: Worsted weight
Size: 1.75 oz. hank/85 yards
Fibers: 70% mercerized cotton; 30% rayon
MSRP: $6.95 per hank
This yarn has a high sheen, and picks up the light really beautifully. It has a definite twist, which comes with a lot of mercerized cottons, however, it is also easy to split the thread while knitting, a feature of the rayon portion which drives me nuts! I bought a bag of this in a discontinued shade from Elann earlier this spring, intending to use it to make a spring Clapotis, however decided it was much brighter than I wanted when it arrived and we met in person. I set the bag aside, but began making an easy tank top in August. I am not entirely happy with the way it made up, as I had to drop down two needles sizes, instead of my usual one, to get the correct gauge. The company recommends size 8 but that produced a very sleazy, loose fabric lacking the body a garment needs. I got the required gauge and started on the top, but still have the feeling of the weave being a little too loose; only wearing and washing will tell how this fabric holds its shape (or not). Berrocco claims that you can machine wash knitted garments on delicate that have been placed in a sweater bag, then lay flat to dry, which will be a plus.
Here's a photo of my Cotton Twist top, almost completed. I have since finished the knitting, and need to edge the neck and armhole openings to match the bottom edging, which is a heavy rayon perle cotton in one of the shades of blue.
Sallee is making a summer stole from the same batch of yarn from Elann, and I am mailing off my leftover hanks to her. I do think the results will be lovely, but am not sure the shine is worth the work. All that glitters is not gold.