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Cascade Ecological Wool

Cascade Ecological Wool.

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Knitting Greener:

Cascade Ecological Wool is a minimally processed, naturally colored wool yarn that comes in gigantic skeins, is easy to knit with and makes a comfortable, cozy knit fabric.

Like other Cascade yarns, you can count on this yarn to perform well on the needles and wear well as you use the garment or item you have knit with it. It also felts well, making it a good choice for a variety of projects.

Specifications:

  • Content: 100 percent natural Peruvian wool
  • Yarn Weight: Bulky
  • Gauge: Ball band says 14 stitches per 4 inches on size 10 needles; I used a size 13 and got 11 stitches and 14 rows per 4 inches.
  • Yardage: 478 yards per skein (250 grams)
  • Color Availability: 21 natural colors in browns, whites and blacks. Cascade also makes Eco +, a dyed yarn that comes in 41 colors
  • Color Used in Swatch: 9010, a cream and beige blend twisted together
  • Care Instructions: Hand wash cold, lay flat to dry

Knitting:

Cascade Ecological Wool is very easy to work with and looks great on the needles. Even knitting at a larger gauge than the ball band recommended, stitches were pretty even and uniform, even before blocking.

The yarn is pretty lightly plied, but there wasn't a really any splitting. The yarn on the whole was very well-behaved.

I used larger needles so I could felt my swatch; the yarn also looks nice felted and the generous yardage means you can make a big project with just one or two skeins of yarn.

The yarn itself is soft and the finished fabric will feel fine to all but the most sensitive.

Uses for Cascade Ecological Wool:

I really can't think of anything you'd knit with a yarn this size that wouldn't be appropriate for knitting with this yarn. It would be perfect for a big winter sweater, an afghan, or any other cozy winter project you're thinking about.

It felts well and is also a good choice for bags, rugs and other felted accessories.

The huge yardage in a skein means you can make many different kinds of projects with just one skein, and not just small projects, either.

Bottom Line:

Cascade Ecological Wool costs about $15 a skein, which may sound like a lot until you remember you're getting almost 500 yards for your money, which actually makes this yarn a good value.

If you're looking for a more natural wool fiber that's easy to work with and can be used for all sorts of different projects, Eco Wool is a great choice. If you're not wild about the natural colors, you can try Eco + as well, which offers the same great fiber in a ton of different colors.

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