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Superwash Merino: My Go-To Yarn

February 2nd, 2011

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I first started knitting with LB Collection Superwash Merino because it was the perfect yarn for a sweater I wanted to make.  It was a DK weight, it knit to gauge, and I loved the Wild Berry color.  So I bought my yarn, making sure I had enough for whatever size I would end up needing, and got started on my Rusted Root (pattern available from Zephyr Style).

Upon finishing this sweater (my first finished sweater, in fact), I realized I had purchased too much yarn. I loved working with it so much that instead of returning it, I promptly starting making a hat.  I had been planning on making a Rose Red (pattern available from Ysolda) for my sister’s birthday, and the LB Collection Superwash Merino was the perfect yarn: soft, warm, and great stitch definition!  My sister was hesitant about me using wool, but I assured her that it would be super soft (and it was)!

After I finally used up all my Wild Berry, I had another pattern that happened to be perfectly suited to the Superwash Merino: the Marigold Sweater from Interweave Knits, Summer 2010.  Because I wouldn’t be finishing it in time for summer, I wanted a yarn that could keep me warm into the fall.  This time I chose Dijon for my perfect fall cardigan.

On my last trip to visit my family, my sister fell in love with the Rusted Root sweater and the Dijon color.  So my most recent project in my new favorite yarn is a Dijon Rusted Root for her.

Quick tip for working with the LB Collection Superwash Merino: Block your gauge swatch!  All of my projects have looked like new after being machine washed and dried, but I was surprised by how much my projects grew after getting wet.  For more information about superwash wool, check out Jess’s blog post “What is Superwash Wool?

What is your go-to yarn?  Post in the comments below.

  • Alwulff

    I am not used to being directed to Interweave to buy patterns by a Lion Brand representative. Am I seeing this wrong? Believe me , Interweave is selling plenty with out Lion Brand’s help. One of the main reasons I love Lion Brand is because they don’t hard sell. Is this about to change?

    • Lindsey

      Hi,
      I wanted to share the projects I’ve made with LB Collection Superwash Merino. I’ve included links to patterns for those who are interested, but you can check out lots of free patterns for this yarn at LionBrand.com.

  • YarnYenta

    Lindsey, the sweaters turned out lovely. they are even prettier in person.
    I love IK and LB, seeing them combined reminds me of the amazing options i can get from LB.
    Thanks

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