Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy Yarn – Yarn Review
Sunday, March 27th, 2011 by Rhonda Bell
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy
Yardage: 153 yards (140meters)
Weight: 50 grams (1.76 ounces)
Fiber Content: 34% Hemp, 41% Cotton, 25% Modal
Gauge: 22 stitches X 30 rows = 10 cm/4 inches
Recommended Needle Size: 3.5 mm/4 US
Care Instructions: Handwash only. Dry flat.
Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy was a yarn I selected for a tank top pattern I’m designing. It was recommended by the clerk at my local yarn shop. Despite the fact that I didn’t like the way the yarn felt in the ball, I decided to give it a try.
I wish I hadn’t. I started out my swatch using a size 2 needle because the ball band recommended a size 4 US and I’m a loose knitter. I had to go down to a size 0 and I still wasn’t satisfied with the resulting stockinette stitch. I especially didn’t like how it knitted up in 1 by 1 ribbing. It did, however, look best in seed stitch but still not great.
The yarn feels scratchy to me and I didn’t enjoy how it felt as I was knitting. I also didn’t like how the resulting swatch felt either. I don’t think it would be a good choice for a garment. It might make good dishcloth or a knitted bag, but at $7 for a 50 gram ball, I’d look for a less expensive alternative.