Yarn Review: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Hebridean Aran – Swatching

I purchased Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Hebridean Aran yarn a while ago, having seen it on a episode of Fruity Knitting; however it’s taken me a little while to decide what to make with the two balls I had.  In the ball the yarn feels quite rustic, and I was loath to put in near my forehead or neck.  In the end I really fancied a pair of travel slippers, and this seemed like the best option from the yarns in my stash.

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The pattern is Simple House Slippers, which has been really popular on Ravelry recently. I knitted them on 4 mm needles hoping to make a dense, hardwearing fabric.  The gauge came out at 18 stitches over 10cm, pretty much perfect for an Aran yarn, and feels really nice.  They have a crisp feel, and the fabric has a nice structure.  The stitches disappear completely, and there isn’t a lot of stitch definition even in the garter stitch section.

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I used the leftovers to make a swatch on 4.5 mm needles, and turned up a gauge of 16 stitches over 10 cm.  While the fabric in the swatch has more drape, I prefer the density of the slippers.  The tighter gauge would make a lovely warm outer wear garment.  The stitch definition was still entirely lost. Can you even see the rows of eyelets?  I’m kicking myself for not trying a cable.  Although, I suspect the dimensional detail of a twisted stitch pattern would still get lost with this yarn.

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The armpit test is in progress, and I’ll be back on Monday to share the results.

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