Cascade 220 is well known among knitters who like a good quality, hard working wool yarn in a range of colors at a good price. You could knit a long time with the different colors and ranges of Cascade 220 and be a pretty happy knitter.
But for those times when you need to knit an item that looks great and is easy to care for, there's Cascade 220 Superwash, which is still a great, colorful addition to your knitting basket that is also machine washable
- Content: 100 percent superwash wool
- Yarn weight: Medium
- Gauge: Ball band says 5 stitches per inch on size 7 U.S. knitting needles and 5.5 stitches per inch on size 6 needles; I got 18 stitches and 25 rows per 4 inches (4.5 stitches and 6.25 rows per inch) on size 7 needles.
- Yardage: 220 yards per 3.5 ounce (100 gram) ball
- Color availability: about 118 solids
- Color used in swatch: 847 (Caribbean)
- Care instructions: Machine wash warm, tumble dry cool.
I have always loved traditional Cascade 220 as a good, basic wool yarn that comes in a dizzying number of colors, is easy to work with (it's a great choice for your first knitting project) and provides a good amount on yardage at a decent price. Cascade 220 Superwash has a lot of these same qualities, even though it's quite a different yarn.
The processes used to make a yarn superwash change the character of the yarn. Instead of the fluffy, fuzzy, distinctively wool-like look of regular 220, Cascade 220 Superwash has has a somewhat smoother appearance (though a bit of fuzziness is evident if you look close).
But like its big brother, Cascade 220 Superwash is incredibly easy to knit with. I had no trouble with splitting, my stitches were very even and the finished fabric has a great consistency. The yarn may feel slightly stiff before blocking, but after a quick dip it softens up nicely.
The yarn has a tendency to curl in Stockinette Stitch that only partially goes away after blocking.
Uses for Cascade 220 Superwash
There's really nothing you couldn't knit with 220 Superwash. This yarn would be great for baby things, of course, but it's also a good choice for grownup gear that you want to be able to machine wash and still have it look and feel great for a long time.
Because there are so many colors available, this yarn begs to be used in colorwork projects; it wouldn't be shabby in cables or other textured knitting, either.
As of this writing, Cascade 220 Superwash was retailing for a little less than $10 a ball. An adult women's sweater could be made for $60 or $70, while you could probably get a decent sized baby blanket for around $40.
It's not the cheapest yarn in the world, but you are buying quality, ease of use and a workhorse of a yarn that will wear well, wash well and look and feel good through innumerable washings and wearings, which is worth a lot.