Product Name: KB Sifa Silver Cotton
Company: Knit Outta the Box
Fiber Content: 95% Untreated Natural Turkish Cotton/ 5% Real Silver
Per Skein: 70m (77 yds)/ 50g (1.76 oz)
Gauge: 24 st = 4" on US Size 5 (Sport wt)
Available: US & Canada late April
Approx. Retail Price: $10.50/skein (USD)
The good people of Knit Outta the Box sent me a skein of their brand new yarn, KB Sifa Silver Cotton! I am always intrigued by cotton yarns because there is such a wide range of cottons out there, but they typically have the same properties. When I read that the construction of the yarn is braided (like a crocheted chain), I was even more interested to try it.
Because the yarn was not yet released, the ball band I got with mine said to use US Size 3 needles, which resulted in a much denser fabric, so I decided to knit a fingertip towel with it. The first thing I noticed is that the yarn is matte. Even though there is cotton spun over silver, there are no glittery, sparkly bits in this yarn. So if you're not a fan of yarns that contain silver, don't worry. The next thing I noticed was that the cotton didn't feel much different than other cotton yarns I've knit with - UNTIL I knit it up. When I knit it into a denser fabric, it felt a lot like linen to me. It ended up mildly soft with a matte finish. The stitch definition was good with a more rustic look, due to the chain construction of the yarn. It would easily show cable detail and other textured stitches well. Typical of plant-based fibers, this yarn had no halo. One thing I did not expect is that this yarn is STRETCHY! That's right! A cotton yarn that has bounce! Who knew?! It has a decent amount of negative ease, making it perfect for hats and lightweight garments. I don't usually like to use cotton in garments due to the ever-growing nature of the cotton. But this is definitely different. Because it has mild softness, is breathable, and stretchy, this yarn would be my go-to summer garment yarn choice. The only problem being - it only comes 77 yds/skein. Unfortunately, that would make larger garments cost-prohibitive. Having said that, slippers, a summer scarf, a market bag, DK/Sport weight socks, spa cloths, or hats would be a great use of this yarn.
Overall I liked working with this yarn. The fingertip towel I made is getting a bit of monogramming via duplicate st for Mother's Day! I really liked the way this yarn had a natural, matte finish with a more rustic (natural) look as opposed to a polished or mercerized dyed cotton. It really allows the natural beauty of this yarn to show through. For the price point, I'd suggest using this cotton as a luxury cotton for special gifts or items or as a gift itself for frugal knitters who don't usually splurge. Give it try - I think you'll like it!
From Knit Outta the Box:*Sifa Silver Cotton is produced exclusively by KB Yarns in Turkey in collaboration with local spinners who possess a passion and deep-rooted knowledge for fiber, handed down through generations. Fair trade and fair labor practices apply to all products. Available in the US and Canada exclusively through Knit Outta the Box.*Turkish for "healing"
KB Yarns are sourced from the earthquake-devastated and rebuilt town of Golcuk, Turkey. KB Yarns is committed to supporting local artisans and small businesses.
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Disclosure: Knit Outta the Box sent KnitPurlGurl (1) skein of KB Sifa Silver Cotton FREE for review. KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for the preceding review and all opinions in the above review are those of the blog author's and do not necessarily reflect those of Knit Outta the Box.