Sunday, December 13, 2015

Yarn Review: Patons Metallic

I'm still very much on the fence about this yarn.

Weight: Worsted
Fiber Content: 63% nylon, 28% acrylic, 9% wool
Yardage/Weight: 252 yds/3 oz
Price: $6.99/ball (2.4 cents/yd) @ Michael's
Color Range: Available in 14 colors



Pros:
  • The shine! Boy, is this yarn shiny - it comes in an array of jewel tones, and the color is saturated and reflective. I can't say I've ever seen a yarn quite like this that didn't have a large content of scratchy metallic fiber.
  • The feel! It feels like it looks - it has an almost slick texture to it.
Not true to color - but you can see the uneven stockinette.


Cons:
  • Odd spots of stiff yarn. This yarn has an i-cord construction with a core of fluff in the center. Not an issue in and of itself, but the texture throughout the y has varying degrees of flexibility along its length. My cast-on edge and purling, usually very tidy, seemed lumpy with this yarn. It's because some spots are very supple, while others are a bit stiff.  I'm not sure if this is because of the fiber content or the construction.
  • Prone to fuzz - this yarn catches on everything and does not lend itself to ripping back. Any kind of friction on the surface causes black fuzz - which I assume is the wool content - to halo at the surface of the yarn. I had to switch to aluminum needles from plastic or wood because it was just too tough to work with.
  • It likes to split!

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