Yarn: Riveting by Kollage Yarns
Weight: Sport, 5-ply (12 wpi), 100g per hank
Fibers: 95% Cotton/5% Other
Yardage: 350 yds (320m) per hank
Gauge: 26 st and 32 rows = 4" on US Size #4 Needles
Approximate Retail Price: $16.50/hank
Available Colorways: 9 - Charcoal Denim, Cloud Denim, Dusk Denim, Forest Denim (Pictured above), Lava Denim, Night Denim, Pebble Denim, Sand Denim, and Storm Denim
Recently Kollage Yarns sent me some of their Square Circular Knitting Needles to review. And as an added bonus, sent me some yarn as well. Riveting was one of those hanks. When I first saw this is the box, I thought: Hmmmm.. Made from recycled blue jeans? What the heck can I knit with this? Sure I was excited about the eco-friendly yarn. It's made from 100% recycled blue jeans, 80% post consumer. But denim is cotton afterall. And I'm not typically a cotton gal.
Usually when I perform yarn reviews, I knit a swatch to get a feel for the look, drape, colorway, and overall fabric it creates. I don't typically knit a project right away and perform a review. However, with this yarn, I was intrigued by the swatch. I wanted to see what it could do. How it could perform. Most cottons I've used were for dishcloths: worsted, scratchy, no ease, splits easily. This yarn was different. It was sport weight. It felt soft to the touch. Although it had similar ease to other cottons, it worked up a gorgeous swatch. After peeking on Ravelry to see what others were knitting with it, I saw they were all knitting My Kind of Saturday Cowl (by Irish Girlie Knits). It's a cute cowl, don't get me wrong. But I thought that I definitely wanted to do something different with this yarn to challenge it a bit. I figured if people perceive cotton yarns the way I do, then they needed to see this yarn in a different light. So I chose the Transverse Shawlette pattern. I made some mods to adjust for the 350 yds I had to work with and the fact that I wanted something more of a neckerchief than a full blown shawl.
It knit up beautifully. I was so pleasantly surprised by the way this yarn draped! I couldn't believe how perfect this yarn was for a simple lace shawl pattern. And the proof was definitely in the blocking! It blocked up so nicely - the lace pattern edging popped and the simple garter stitch body paired nicely with the ruggedness of this recycled yarn. (I had 2 different cameras take these 2 pics: my web cam and my cell - hence the varying color.)
The yarn itself is a nice contrast of a mildly soft yarn with a rugged, recycled look. As you can tell in my shawl pics, there are various parts of the yarn that are slightly bumpy, are a teeny bit thicker or thinner than the rest of the yarn, and/or have flecks of different color here or there. This yarn has a weather-beaten appeal to it - just like a pair of favorite old jeans: soft, worn, and comfy. Because the yarn is more unpolished than a typical smooth yarn, it creates a fabulous contrast to lace - producing a garment that is both interesting and casual.
Overall, I absolutely loved this yarn. It was a pleasure to knit with. It had gorgeous drape, nice character, and was eco-friendly. I'm so glad I decided to challenge my own perception of what a cotton yarn could do. And like my favorite pair of old jeans, I can tell I'll be reaching for this shawlette often!
Disclosure: Kollage Yarns sent KnitPurlGurl (1) hank of Riveting Yarn free for review. KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed in the above review are those of the blog author and do not necessarily reflect those of Kollage Yarns.