Louisa Harding Noema
This is a really pretty yarn with a gentle slub of variegated shades spun alongside a solid coloured base thread. The third ply in the mix is a shiny floss, which adds sparkly flecks to this fun tweed-like fibre. Despite
the slight thick and thin texture and all the different plies, this is a yarn that is smooth to crochet, the DK weight working well on both medium and fine hooks.
75% cotton/20% acrylic/5% polyamide • 50g/120m/131yds • £4.95 from www.tangled-yarn.co.uk
Sublime Luxurious Tweed DK
A soft and lightweight tweed, perfect for use all year round. Each colour in the range is sophisticated and elegant – the darker base shade is flecked attractively with small highlights of pretty, pale pastel shades.
Quick, smooth and easy to hook, this is an instant favourite and perfect for home and fashion projects alike.
60% wool/40% cotton • 50g/135m/148yds • £4.49 from www.blacksheepwools.com
The name of this yarn comes from its sheen – it has the look of wet pebbles. The Cavern shade that we tried had a pretty dappling caused by the delicate blending of colours. As well as adding the shine, the Tussah silk adds a contrasting hairiness to the yarn, while the linen adds strength, making it a versatile and appealing yarn to crochet with, and it flies off the hook.
52% silk/48% linen • 50g/100m/109yds • £7.99 from www.getknitted.com
Noro Silk Garden 4ply
The classic Noro yarn, now in a 4ply weight.
If you’ve used previous incarnations, then you’ll know that it is beautiful to work with and has a stunning palette of slow, graded colour changes. Silk Garden 4ply also has a crisp stitch definition. This hardwearing and hardworking yarn would be great for socks and accessories.
40% wool/25% silk/25% polyamide/10% mohair • 50g/150m/164yds • £9.95 from www.celticove.com
Debbie Bliss Juliet
A unique summer tweed, this yarn comes in some unusual but gorgeous shades. We tried Poppy, a vibrant green with shots of red and an undertone of brown. The 4ply weight makes this yarn especially good for warm weather projects and we can see it used in stunning tailored pieces. Despite the differently weighted plies that form the yarn, it makes for snag-free crocheting.
52% cotton/48% acrylic • 50g/120m/131yds • £4.50 from www.laughinghens.com
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