When Rachel asked me to review this yarn I thought I was in for a treat, I just did not realise how much of a treat it would be.
A little bit about Pepperberry Knits…
Heidi Hennessy, the founder of Pepperberry Knits, fell head over heels in love with Cashmere but found she yearned for more variety and diversity in the colours on offer. So, she did what all resourceful knitters do tried to create what she loved from what she could source. Using her spinning wheel she started to spin up single strands of cashmere into the multi-tonal skeins she was searching for. From these humble beginnings Pepperberry Knits was formed.
The yarn is sourced from Mongolia with each skein being plied in Boise, Idaho by Heidi and her team. The sumptuous colours available is pretty spectacular; Rachel stocks 24 shades, including solids and the marled yarns Pepperberry is so famous for. I (predictably) opted for grey, I am a firm believer in trusting in what you love, and I have a real passion for grey yarn.
When that little white package arrived from Rachel I was beyond excited to try this yarn out. Usually when I first try a yarn I like to swatch and stretch and pull, but this yarn was far too special to be made into a square that would eventually live in the bottom of a box with lots of other swatches… I knew instantly I had to create something with it.
I still wanted to be able to think about the yarn in review mode so I picked something simple, a stocking stitch hat. You might be thinking, surely you couldn’t get a decent adult hat from 50g of double knit… I can assure you that you can! I created a lovely, slightly slouchy beanie that I am sure will be a firm favourite this winter.
Each 50g skein comes with a generous 128 metres / 140 yards and works to a pretty standard double knit gauge. I worked my sample with 4mm (US6) needles and the resulting fabric is substantial without being stiff, ideal for accessories like hats and cowls, or wonderfully luxurious garments. You could easily work this yarn at a slightly denser gauge (with smaller needles) or a looser gauge (with larger needles) for something with a little more drape. This yarn would make a really exquisite shawl or stole.
The yarn is delightfully soft (as you would expect from Cashmere) but it also has a wonderful, almost sturdy, structure that comes from the plied nature of the yarn. It is really fantastic to knit with and provides a beautiful stitch definition. The paler colours would be outstanding for cables – providing sumptuous details and a rich squishy fabric.
The marled colours are subtle combinations of colours that blend beautifully and develop into stunning shades as they are knitted up. The yarn I sampled, called “Silver Fox” has produced a lovely grey-marled fabric, with hints of white speckled amongst the delicate silver grey; a subtle and marvellously classic neutral.
In summary this yarn gets a massive thumbs up from me! It is delightfully soft and luxurious, without being fragile and flimsy. The knitted fabric is a joy to create and wear, with the added bonus of being sumptuously warm. With such a wide range of colours there is surely one to suit each individual taste and project too. It certainly is a treat yarn, but well worth trying out and if you choose the right project you could have a fantastic wearable piece that will last you for years to come, keeping you warm and snuggly as you go.
Tangled Yarn are giving one lucky reader the chance to try Pepperberry Knits DK for themselves. To enter simply tell us which colour you'd like to win, you can see all the colours here. The winner will selected at random and announced here in the blog on Friday 18th September.
If you're wondering what other projects to use Pepperberry Knits DK for then do come back next week when I'll be sharing some of my favourite knitting projects.
Clare Devine is a writer and designer. Originally from South Africa she has nomadic tendencies and is currently knitting her way around the UK. She is passionate about all things fibre related (especially if it’s grey), knitting, travel and sunshine in equal measures.
She regularly blogs at www.yarnandpointysticks.com. You can find her on Ravelry as Knitsforklipskaap, Twitter as @_ClareDevine and Instagram as @Clare.Devine.