When sourcing the first yarn for Rainbow Heirloom, I had a number of criteria. Mostly, though, I had to LOVE knitting with it. Made from 100% superwash merino wool, Rainbow Heirloom Sweater is super soft, machine washable, and tightly spun (for durability), making it ideal for both baby knits and adult sweater projects.
luminous semi-solid colours ::: The yarn takes dye beautifully, resulting in vivid, luminous colours with excellent colour depth and complexity!
Here at Rainbow Heirloom, we focus on subtle semi-solids, which enhance the beauty of lace, cables, and texture patterns, and really ‘pop’ when used for colourwork.
An ideal ‘sweater’ weight ::: Sweater is a plump DK / worsted makes a cozy, dense fabric at 22 sts / 4″ (5.5 sts / inch), which is typical for DK weight patterns, but it even more ideal at 20 sts / 4″ (5 sts / inch), which is a perfect worsted sweater weight. And if you go up an extra needle size, you can even use it for patterns calling for a gauge of 18 sts / 4″ (4.5 sts / inch), although I find the fabric at this gauge a little bit looser than I prefer for sweater knitting.