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Knitting with Handspun Yarn – Pavui Sumoi
Whether you are a
handspinner using your own yarn or an experienced knitter, once you have
tried knitting with handspun you may get spoiled. Personally, I find it
much more satisfying to knit with handspun than the "perfect" commercial
Even for the novice knitter,
using handspun isn't difficult. The occasional irregularities of the
yarn can hide the less than perfect tension that sometimes occurs.
I find it best to use a
2-ply handspun yarn for knitting. Whenever a yarn is spun as a singles,
it has a tendency to try to unspin itself. If knit up as a singles, the
yarn will still try to untwist and the garment may stretch or sag. If
the yarn has been plyed with another singles (2 ply), the yarns will be
untwisting on each other, creating a balanced yarn that should have less
of a tendency to stretch out of shape.
Although handspun yarn has
some bumps and irregularities, if well spun, it should be of a
consistent weight throughout the skein. Knitting with this is similar to
knitting with a commercially spun textured yarn.
When choosing a pattern for
knitting handspun, it is really important to spin and knit a large test
swatch to get an accurate gauge. The needle size or number of stitches
may have to be adjusted in the pattern.
For non-spinners who would
like to order handspun, but the yarn is too thick or too fine for your
project, ask the spinner if another weight is available. Perhaps they
can spin a sample for you in 2 or 3 slightly different weights.