In keeping with Halcyon Yarn’s effort to renew and expand our commitment to sustainability and the environment, we’ve been searching for a yarn that incorporates recycled fiber. Believe it our not, it’s not been easy. “Patience is a virtue” we kept reminding ourselves. We knew it was just a matter of time before we found someone in the yarn industry that had the desire to produce a quality yarn using recycled fiber. Finally!… Halcyon Yarn is pleased to announce the addition of K1C2 2nd Time Cotton Recycled Yarn from another great Maine Company, K1C2.
2nd Time Cotton is a blend of 75% recycled cotton derived from unused materials from the textile and garment industry and 25% acrylic. What a terrific way to repurpose. This 8-ply worsted weight cotton blend is perfect for spring and summer garments. The colors have a great tweedy effect that is created by the fiber mix and by blending small bits of colors into the main color before spinning. We’d also like to mention it is made in the USA reducing its carbon footprint and providing US jobs.
We knit and washed some samples. Here’s what we found. The yarn softens after washing creating a garment with that “old favorite” appeal. Although its recommended gauge is 4.25 stitches per inch on a size 8 needle, most of us here at the shop prefer a fabric knit at 4.5-5 stitches per inch on a size 6-7 needle. The label suggests machine washing with cold water and laying flat to dry. Despite K1C2’s recommendation we wanted to give the dryer a try partly because we prefer the softer hand that develops. We dried our samples in the dryer with the only effect being a 12% -15% shrinkage in length. Be sure to take into account the final care of your garment when calculating your gauge and knitting your sweater.
So how about a few pattern recommendations. First, we added 3 new patterns from K1C2 that have been designed specifically for 2nd Time Cotton, [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] , Seed Stitch Yoke Cardie and Double Tee. We’re knitting the Seed Stitch Yoke Cardie for the shop and plan on putting only two buttons at the top. We’ll show you ours when complete. We also searched our current pattern library for additional patterns you might like.
For those of you who knit for babies or toddlers, try using 2nd Time Cotton in [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] , Cardigan With Hat or Neck Down Hooded Tunic by Knitting Pure and Simple. Roll Neck Raglan Sweater - Yankee Knitter and Fisherlad Guernsey - Yankee Knitter are two classic, versatile patterns that include sizing for babies through adults.
|[Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock]|
|Cardigan With Hat|
|Neck Down Hooded Tunic by Knitting Pure and Simple|
|Roll Neck Raglan Sweater - Yankee Knitter|
|Fisherlad Guernsey - Yankee Knitter|
Want a stylish, everyday sweater knit with 2nd Time Cotton? Look no further than [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] and Chic Knits Basic Chic Pulli. These are just a few suggestions. What ideas do you have? And share your finished projects with us when you’re done. Perhaps we can share them with other customers too!