When I heard Knitpicks was launching a machine washable version of one of my favourite wools… Wool of the Andes… I rushed out and bought some. My stepdaughter gives me a perfect excuse to buy colours that I would not normally buy for myself, but would still like to knit with. Which brings us to Grass”, “Columbine”, and “Marina”. These will become a stripey hat experiment. If it’s too itchy I can just line it with fleece. Itchiness and shrinkiness are all part of the new wool testing:)
I swatched… then machine washed/dried the swatch. When I say dried, I mean I cooked that thing in my autoclave of a dryer.
Here is the result:
There were some irregularities in the fabric that I thought would go away with washing, but did not, as you can see from the images. I don’t believe this is all that uncommon for Superwash. I certainly don’t think this is a reason NOT to buy the wool. I personally have become a little disenchanted with Superwash because in spite of myself, I’ve become a bit of a wool snob. I find Superwash has a bit of an acrylic texture and has kinks…. leading to the irregularities seen in these swatch. I guess there’s no free ride. Beauty in knitwear is inversely proportional to ease of care
I’d say… soft enough to wear with short sleeves, but too itchy to wear over tank tops or to make turtlenecks.
Gauge BEFORE WASH:
30 sts/5.33” = 5.62 sts/1” = 22.5 sts/4”
30 rows/4” = 7.5 rows/1”
Gauge AFTER WASH:
Exact same!!!!!!!!!! Wow… that’s never happened. Impressive.