Louisa Harding Albero Yarn – Yarn Review
Saturday, March 26th, 2011 by Rhonda Bell
Yarn: Louisa Harding Albero
Yardage: 110 yards (100 meters)
Weight: 50 grams (1.76 ounces)
Fiber Content: 50% Cotton, 50% Lenpur (Viscose)
Gauge: 20 stitches X 26 rows = 10 cm/4 inches
Recommended Needle Size: 4.5 mm/7 US
Care Instructions: Handwash only. Dry flat.
I was looking for a cotton yarn when I found Louisa Harding Albero at my local yarn shop. The viscose seems to soften up the yarn a bit and give it a bit of a drape in stockinette stitch. However, I think it doesn’t feel as soft as I’d like. The yarn has two strands and I found my needle sometimes getting in between them and splitting the yarn while I knitted.
My swatch is knit with size 2 US needles. The bottom is regular stockinette stitch, followed by 1 by 1 ribbing and then seed stitch. I like how the stitches look in stockinette and seed stitch, but not in the 1 by 1 ribbing.
I’m not sure if I’d use this yarn for a garment. Even though it does have the viscose in it, I think the yarn would eventually cause the garment to sag like a lot of cotton yarn garments. However, it might make a good spring scarf or shawl. I’ve seen it used for a lot of baby items such as hats and tops.