A Bitter Pill

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Barely four weeks later


And it is pilling for England.


All that lovely textured stitchwork


blurred and bobbled.


Knitting and yarn experts I need your help!

The yarn I used was the beautiful soft Malabrigo Worsted, clearly it is prone to pilling and not suitable for this sort of textured pattern. Please tell me which yarn I should have chosen. There is, after all, an upside to this and that is that I shall have to knit another wrap, but next time I want to get the yarn right.

Meanwhile sock on.


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Comments

  1. Aw that's a shame. I'd suggest using something with more plies, iirc malabrigo worsted is a single ply yarn? Something not quite as soft would work better, maybe Cascade 220? The more plies or the higher twist a yarn is the less soft and smooshy but also the less likely to pill it is.

    The sock looks good :) You'll have some happy feet when they're done

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  2. Have you tried asking malabrigo?

    Looks as if this yarn has some short staple content that is now 'leaking' out. Maybe a little cashmere?


    Penny
    x

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  3. Oh dear Sue. As you say I guess the upside is that you have a reason to make another one. The socks are looking good though - you will have very bright and cheery feet! xx

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  4. How **** frustrating - that yarn might be perfect for felting by the look of it what about making a felted bag from it to go with your new wrap?

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  5. Oh no Sue, not the dreaded pill! Sadly I've also found Malabrigo worsted is prone to this as it's a single loosely plied yarn which is a great shame as it's so lovely and soft and nice to wear. I find that yarns with a tight twist to them are less likely to pill (malabrigo Rios seems to wear well and is nice and soft and in those lovely colours) and alpaca yarn doesn't pill much as much (I think it's because the fibres are longer than those in most wools). What a shame though that your beautiful wrap has succumbed so quickly - you could always try a light lint shaving or one of those new Lilly brushes that has had good reviews http://lillybrush.com. I hope your socks wear better and that you still get to enjoy wearing your lovely wrap.

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  6. Oh no! What a shame. I can't help regarding different types of wool as I am not a knitter, but I feel your pain!

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  7. I am sad for you (can't stand pilled fabric), but I did have to smile at your clever title!

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  8. I've worked once with Malabrigo (Finito) and - as I was warned - it pilled so miserably I barely wear the sweater I made with it - and it is simply knit in stockinette. I actually spent 30 bucks on this de-pilling gizmo that I haven't had a chance to try on it yet, but I will say this. I will never work with Malabrigo again.

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  9. BTW, making that with Brooklyn Tweed yarn would produce an insanely light (in weight) but warm product that will not pill - at least my similar knit-work knit in it has worn up very well. There are so many yarns that you could use to make this. I suggest vetting the options on Ravelry to ensure that others who have used them actually liked the end result.

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  10. Dear me. What a disappointment. The only upside to this is that you (and now I), through these comments, have learned something about yarns. I will definitely keep this information in mind in my future knitting. Someone, in the comments, recommended alpaca yarn. I have no idea whether it pills or not (I haven't used them enough yet), but I've made two things so far in baby alpaca and I can tell you it's gorgeous yarn to work with. (And yes, missing g's annoy me too.)

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  11. Sue, I'm woefully behind on blog reading, so unawares you'd made the beautiful Guernsey Wrap. Three cheers to you! However, I can feel your disappointment. Sadly as others have said Malabrigo Worsted is prone to pilling as it is a single ply yarn, and loosely plied at that. A lily brush may help (purchase from Loop in the UK). You need a plied yarn, both for wear, and to give good stitch definition. For that reason, much as I love alpaca, I wouldn't choose it here as it has a halo when knitted up and stitch definition would be lost. This needs an email conversation!! Hope those lovely socks are progressing well! xxx

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  12. I agree with what several of the others above me have said... a loosely plied single is not a great yarn for something that will rub and see much friction... something tightly plied would wear much better, in my understanding

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  13. I can only reiterate what others have said about avoiding single ply yarns for knits like this and recommend the Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, available from Loop in London. Always a disappointment when wools don't behave as you'd hoped they would.

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  14. Oh no, Sue!! That must have been gutting!! And this is only because of wearing it or have you washed it? I cannot help with advice, unfortunately.... but it is nevertheless an informative post.
    Your socks look cool, by the way!
    Pati x

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  15. Sock on, indeed, Sue!

    I won't repeat what others have already said about single ply yarns for textured stitch pattern, but absolutely commiserate with you. Perhaps it would be a good idea to send a message to Malabrigo with a link to your beautifully photographed posts. Ask them for their suggestion for a better fit for your intricate pattern.

    I have used Brooklyn Tweed yarns and do like them. They are not soft, but do show stitch details well and seem to be resilient to repeated regular use.

    xo

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  16. How frustrating, after all that beautiful work. I've had that happen before with soft wools. Depending on what you're knitting, I think linen shows texture beautifully and I don't think either linen or cotton pill in the same way. The missing "g" annoys me too.

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  17. Oh dear Sue. Nothing to add to what's been said above, except more sympathy.

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  18. How disappointing for you after all that hard work. I hope you have more success with your next one. I do love the yarn you are using for the socks. High praise goes to anyone who can knit socks, I have a devil of a time juggling all those needles.
    Anne

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  19. My new Malabrigo worsted cardi has gone the same way, oh well, should've forked out for a more expensive and more twisted yarn. but hey ho, it's still cosy to wear in my studio.
    Lovely to knit with, but loses its looks very quickly.

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  20. I'm already following you via Bloglovin' via my own reader - I switched to it when the threatened changes with Google Reader looked serious. Bloglovin' must now be laughing their socks off as it looks very much as though we could all have stayed put after all!
    As for the wool, I can offer nothing but sympathy - all that work!

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  21. Oh no, all that beautiful work. But as you say every cloud....hopefully the next one won't suffer the same effect! I'd love to be able to knit with more than 2 needles. The socks look very cheery.

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  22. bah humbug to the evil bobbles.

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  23. I knew you'd be able to help. Thank you everyone!

    I didn't consider ply at all when I chose my yarn. Now I know better and will choose something with more plies next time I knit this wrap. Meanwhile I will continue to wear my Malabrigo wrap around the house as it is so soft and warm.

    Thank you again x

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  24. How very annoying. I'm afraid I can't offer any advice but see that lots of people above me here who know what they are talking about have plenty for you. Isn't the blogging community wonderful at times like these? But like you say, at least you can look forward to knitting a second wrap - your mental health will be tip top!

    I am slowly knitting myself a cowl with some gorgeous alpaca yarn I bought at Yarndale. It's a bloody nightmare, and I feel cheated somehow, even though I chose the pattern and yarn. x

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  25. To avoid pilling, you need good twist plied yarn (which also gives good stitch definition), and long fibres within the yarn itself. Something like Debbie Bliss' Bluefaced Leicester Aran would work well, I think.

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  26. http://www.knittersreview.com/article_tool.asp?article=/review/product/130606_a.asp

    Amazon sells this brush. It works very well on wool. I also have a battery operated clothes shaver that works really well. My lys sells the Lilly because she used a clothes shaver on one of her knitted garments and it cut the stitches on her. She says the Lilly is safer. That said, I have used the clothes shaver for years on all kinds of knits and upholstery without any problem. I think either of these items would clean up the pilling on your shawl.

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    1. Thanks Kate, most useful.

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  27. Oh, how sad, after all that work! The dreaded pill! I made this lovely wrap too, and used Rowan's Felted Tweed, which, like the Brooklyn Tweed, isn't terrifically soft but really not too bad, even wound around a bare neck! I added another pattern repeat to mine to make up for the slightly finer wool than specified. And it doesn't seem to pill, which is a huge plus when you want to show off all those lovely stitches. You can see mine here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fionaknitsstuff/guernsey-wrap It's such a lovely pattern and such a useful thing that I will probably make another too.

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