Monday, October 26, 2009

Yarn Review: Schaefer Yarns

The talented Laura Nelkin, Knitwear Designer and Design Director for Schaefer Yarns, graciously sent me some of Schaefer's GORGEOUS yarns along with some her her fabulous patterns to review on my blog.

I have to tell you that when I got the package in the mail, I was like a kid on Christmas! I ripped open the envelope and immediate began fondling the yummy yarns! I took the yarns with me to a luncheon with a couple of knitters and let them fondle the yarns. I took them to knitting group and let the ladies fondle the yarns. Everyone was of the same opinion I am: YUMMY! So let me tell you about the yarns:(Keep in mind that the pattern pics don't reflect the colorway of the yarn I reviewed, just of the patterns applicable to that yarn.)

This yarn, Nichole, a new yarn at Schaefer Yarns, is a Fingering Weight yarn made of 80% Extrafine Merino Wool SUPERWASH, 20% Nylon. It comes 405 yds. Not only was the color GORGEOUS, but it was very soft and provides nice stitch definition. Wondering what to knit with this gorgeous yarn? Try out Nicholetta by Laura Nelkin. -A great small cable sock pattern with interesting gusset detail. (If you're a fan of Yarnissima, you'll love this gusset!) The cables add great design detail without overpowering the beautiful hand-painted yarn.
If you have kidlets, Nichole would be perfect for the Walking Spiral pattern - a cap and socks pattern for your wee little ones! (Available in Tops and Toes: A Whimsical Collection for Hat and Sock Knitters.)

This next yarn, Helene, absolutely bowled me over with it's amazing colorway! This particular colorway, Jane Adams, is rich with stunning pinks, greens, reds, and browns. This worsted weight yarn is 50% Merino Wool, 50% Cultivated Silk and comes 218 yds. So not only is the colorway brilliant, but the yarn is truly luxurious. Pick up a hank of Helene and knit yourself a Hover scarf. This scarf pattern has great texture and really shows off all of the colors in this colorway!

This purple gem, Anne, was the hit of my knitting group. The colorway is a subtle variation on purple. Spanning from light violet to deeper violet color, the variegated yarn is interesting, without being busy. Anne is 60% Merino Wool SUPERWASH, 25% Mohair, and 15% Nylon and comes in a whopping 560 yd hanks! I'm surprised my Anne yarn isn't all fuzzy from all of the fondling that went on at knitting group. Very soft and plied in such a way to provide great stitch definition. Try Anne out on the Vaya Shrug - a terrific multi-purpose shrug that will look great on any body and is virtually seam-free! Or give it a whirl on the beaded beauty, Entomology - a gorgeous beaded, lace shawl with interested bottom detail. (Entomology is a free pattern - found on Knitty!)

Last, but certainly NOT least, is the gorgeous Laurel. Laurel is a soft 100% Mercerized Pima Cotton yarn with subtle colorway and shimmering sheen. This colorway, Laura Ingalls Wilder, is a stunning marriage of taupes, mauves, and silvers - very classic. This worsted weight yarn comes 400 yds to a hank! This is NOT dishcloth cotton - it's perfect for a little shimmery pop - like in the Tower of Flames scarf. Knitting the scarf with cotton gives it a wonderful breathable quality but maintains elegance with the sheen of the Laurel mercerized cotton. The scarf has gorgeous lace detail, shows off the yarn beautifully and drapes like a dream.

I can't wait to get started knitting some of these patterns.. I love Laura's simple, yet elegant designs and the elegance of the Schaefer Hand Painted Luxury Yarns. If you've knit with Schaefer Yarns or knit up one of Laura's patterns - give it a shout out here (with a link to your project if you like)! And please leave some comment love regardless - let's tell Schaefer that we love their beautifully crafted yarns!

I was fortunate to review these yummy yarns and amazing patterns courtesy of Laura Nelkin and Schaefer Yarns. KnitPurlGurl Disclosure Policy applies.



  1. Wow! Thanks for the GREAT review... have fun with your goodies... thank for "talking" them up for us!

  2. I LOVE the Nichole yarn... squichy soft but great stitch definition and the colors are just so awesome. Perfect for socks, awesome for hats and mittens.
    Oh and you should try Miss Priss! a great worsted weight with super bounce- I even used it to weave a triangle shawl

  3. Great review.... makes me want to knit even more.

  4. Laura Nelkin is the best and together with the beautiful Schaefer Yarns you cannot go wrong. The colors and textures rock and Laura's support makes any thing you choose an excellent purchase! We love them in our shop!


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