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Knit Picks Wool of the Andes: A Detailed Yarn Review | KT and the Squid

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. The wonderful people at Knit Picks provided the yarn for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. These opinions are 100% mine and are not biased in any way.

 


 

Yarn Name

Wool of  the Andes


Manufacturer 

Knit Picks


Yardage

Sport: 137 yd/50g, Worsted: 110 yd/50g


Fiber Content

100% Peruvian Highland Wool


Weight

Sport/2, Worsted/Medium/4


Washing 

Hand wash.


Price 

$2.69


Where to purchase online

Knit Picks


Wool of the Andes Worsted Yarn – $1.88

from: Knit Picks

Checkout the video below!

From the Yarn Company

“Our classic worsted wool yarn is spun and plied carefully to achieve a wonderfully balanced twist. A sturdy yet soft yarn with excellent stitch definition and heirloom durability. Peruvian sheep are a cross between Corriedale (for the sturdiness) and Merino (for the softness), producing a strong fiber with an excellent softness quotient for a wide variety of uses. Felts beautifully. ” See more on their website HERE.

Initial Thoughts

This was my first time using Knit Picks yarns (crazy, right!?). When my yarn arrived I loved the colors. I chose some nice heathers.

On first inspection it looked like a nice wool yarn. I know highland wool is strong so it’s will make a great staple yarn to have around. I love that the yarn comes in small skeins. Makes it really affordable for projects with lots of stripes or colorwork.

Wool of the Andes is a 4 ply yarn. It has a medium twist and I can see a lot of air is trapped in it making it nice and round. This also means it will make a really warm fabric. It’s also really soft and not to scratchy for an affordable wool. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter. That way you never miss a sale! 

How it Works up

I found no knots or weird bits in the skein I worked up. The yarn was easy to work with and I had no issues with splitting. The ball band has a range of hook and needle sizes on it so you will have to play around to find one you like. I think I could have gone down a needle size (I used a 9).

At first the fabrics were a bit stiff (as I expected) but once I wet blocked the stitches relaxed and I was really happy with the finished feel of the swatches. I got great texture with my stitches. I also felt like the yarn over and open crochet stitches opened up nicely. I could see it as a great textured sweater or lacy shawl. It could really go either way.

The finished fabric also has a great spring back. It would make it great for something like socks or a sweater that wont weigh you down but still keep you warm.

Durability

You can see what I thought about the durability in the video below. The yarn did fuzz and pill up but I really didn;t feel it was that bad. It took a lot of force to get it this way. I would say this is what the fabric would look like after months and months of continuous wear. Hand washing and a sweater shaver can keep you fabric looking great!

Watch this video to hear what I thought and see the yarn a little better.

Pattern Ideas

I’m picturing sweaters with lots of texture. It would also be great for socks, gloves, hats, scarves…anything to keep you warm. It also felts so a nice bag would be fun as well.

You can pop over to Knit Picks website to view all the great pattern they have written just for Wool of the Andes.

Conclusion

I think I might be hooked on Knit Picks from now on! Wool of the Andes is an affordable wool yarn that you’ll grab again and again. They offer a wide selection of colors that are beautiful in person. You can also see more wool of the Andes by checking it out on Ravelry HERE

I hope you enjoyed this yarn review! You can browse more reviews HERE. Do you know of a yarn you’d like to see reviewed? Feel free to contact me HERE let me know what yarn you’d like to see and I’ll try to get my hands on some 🙂

Katy

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