Yarns of Italy


Fiber Content: 60% wool, 40% acrylic
Weight/Yardage: 200g/372 yds
Yarn Weight: Worsted
Knitting Gauge: 16-18 st/4" 

Suggested Needles: US 7-8
Suggested Hooks: H-I
Machine Wash Gentle Cold, dry flat.
Made in: Italy

Notes from the Yarnie: I will admit it. Yucatan was not my favorite yarn the first time I saw it. My mom thought it looked interesting before she learned to knit and snatched a skein to take along with her on a trip to visit her parents. Within a week, she called and wanted the other sample skeins we had. It was love at first stitch. The hats she'd made as her second and third project had already been claimed. 

We decided to try Yucatan on the market in smaller balls (the yarn was called Urubu; it's the same stuff in a 50g ball), and it was popular with a couple of yarn shops who ordered it again and again. On our last buying trip to Italy, I worked with it for the first time, and I had to agree... not bad. Not bad at all. Instead of the 50g balls, we brought home 200g skeins to ease the matching of the patterns (It's a total pain to try to match up sections of self-patterning worsted weight yarn without wasting half the yarn).

The mildly fuzzy yarn covers up imperfections in your gauge. Or does it? No one really sees the individual stitches as the pattern created by working the yarn in simple stockinette takes center stage. Between long stripes of solid colors, checks and specks appear in color palettes that are completely Italian (read this: you wouldn't put 'em together but somehow they work). All of these colorways contain both a limey green and cream along with other fab colors.

Each skein will make at least two hats... 2 would make 5 adult hats. Machine washable, self-patterning, easy to work with, not splitty. This is fun stuff. We like it best in knitted stockinette because that's clearly what the yarn designer who created the dyeing had in mind.

Project Ideas:
We have a free Ravelry download pattern that I originally created for Mom to make hats with Yucatan and other worsted weight yarns. It's called The 789 Hat. The pictures shown here are a 789 hat and a strip Mom is currently working on (when she heard I was designing a baby blanket pattern with this yarn, she asked to be the test knitter!).

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