Queensland Collection Brisbane - Eastern Rainbowfish 45

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Weight:
4 - Worsted / Aran
Brand:
Queensland
Fiber:
Wool
Care:
Machine Wash
Color:
Multi
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This yarn color is soft greens (no blue) and a bit of pink and tan.  Brisbane yarn is easy to work with. It is a heavy worsted working up to 4 to 4.5 sts per inch easily.  This is a great yarn for cold weather.   It is 100% wool and is washable.

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  • Composition: 100% Superwash Wool
  • Weight: 100 g / 3.52 oz
  • Approx: 144 yds / 132 m
  • Size: [ 4 ] Worsted to [ 5 ] Bulky  
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  • See our gauge comments below.  
  • Knitting Machine: Silver Reed LK150 and Silver Reed SK155
  • Knitting Needle Size: US 9 - 10.75 / 5.5 - 7 mm
  • Knitting Gauge: 4 - 4.5  sts = 1" / 16 - 18 sts = 4" (see swatch notes below)
  • Crochet Hook Size: G / 4.25 mm (7 / 4.50 mm, H / 5.00 mm)
  • Crochet Gauge: 16 sc = 4" (see swatch notes below)
  • Care: Machine Washable on GENTLE and Cold water.   Lay flat to dry.  Do not dry clean or tumble dry.

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This is a really nice wool to work with.  It has fun gentle color changes in rainbow-like stripes. Knits and crochets up easily.   I did 2 knitted swatches and a crochet swatch.  The ball band indicates a US 10 - US 11 needle.  This spans needles that measure 6mm to 8mm. 

My first knit test was using a 7mm (sometimes called  US 10.75) needle.  The end result was rather loose.  I like this loose drape for cowls.  But for garments or hats, the hand needs to be much firmer. The swatch for 16 sts was 4", which is 4 sts per inch. This is considered a heavy worsted or Aran weight.

For my second knit test, I grabbed a US 9 (5.5mm) needle.  The result of this swatch was quite nice.  Not too loose, nor too tight. The swatch for 16 sts came to 3.5", which is 4.5 sts per inch.  A perfect worsted weight gauge.  It has a soft feel, but pretty good body.  I'd recommend using a US 9 for hats, scarves and garments.   If the garments are quite long, consider using a US 8 needle. This gives the garment a firm feel. The garment will hold its shape well, and not drop as much as a really loosely formed stitch. 

My crochet sample was with a J (6mm) hook in a single crochet. I think I might be a bit of a tight crocheter.  Fabric was rather firm.   Ideal for longer garments and afghans that need to hold their shape.  Perhaps a K (7mm) hook would be good for hats and scarves, so fabric is a bit looser and softer. I cast on 20 single crochets, and my end result was not quite 5.25". This gave me 3.8 sts per inch. Fabric was thick.  Perfect for a warm afghan or even a jacket.

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