|Casablanca in 02 Denim|
Rating: ***** 4.5 stars (out of 5)
Cascade Yarns Casablanca
Fiber Content: 62% Wool / 22% Silk / 16% Mohair
Weight: Worsted weight
Yardage: 220 yards
Grams: 100 gram hank
Care: Hand Wash, Dry flat
Knitting Gauge: 4.5 sts = 1"
Recommended Needle Size: US 8 needles (5mm)
Current Number of Colors (March 2013): 15
Price (from Yarn.com): $17.00
Description from Yarn.com (Webs): Cascade Casablanca is a striking blend of warm wool, nubby silk, and lofty mohair. This one ply worsted weight yarn comes in a range of stunning self-striping color combinations, from pastel rainbow to muted neutrals. Casablanca is light and soft, with a slight tweedy texture from the silk and a halo effect from the mohair. Garments made from Casablanca will be warm and lightweight, with unique texture and out of this world color! Made in China.
Casablanca Yarn Review
First Impressions: This yarn really appealed to me as soon as I opened the package. The color and texture combined pulled me right in. I received 3 skeins of yarn on the same day and Casablanca was the one I wound right away. It has a rugged rustic look to it from the nubby tweed texture and single ply construction. Yarns like this always get to me.
|Mainstreet Cowl in Casablanca #02 Denim|
This yarn gets points for being tangle free and knot free.
All in all I loved knitting with this yarn. I hit one snag (discussed below), but it didn't put me off. I wish I knew in advance, but live and learn. And that's why reviews are helpful.
Cons: I had one problem with the yarn, which I am completely willing to overlook and wouldn't keep me from using the yarn again. However, before beginning to work with this yarn you should know that it's pretty delicate despite it's hardy appearance (remember, it is a single ply). I pulled the yarn apart without much effort at all. It was one piece and then it was two. When it happened I was completely startled. I'd decided to tie a square knot at the beginning of round 2 of my cowl to keep the ends together. I was pretty sure I hand't inadvertently exerted superhuman strength, so I tried gently pulling at another piece of yarn. Sure enough it pulled apart. I tried spit splicing it, but that didn't work very well.
Winding the yarn (using swift and ball winder) didn't give me any problem with tearing.
Stitch Definition & Pattern Selection: If you're looking for a yarn to produce crisp clean cables or defined texture and lace stitches than this isn't your yarn. If you like a worn in, comfortable, pretty, but not so crisp yarn then you'll love Casablanca. It's all about pairing the yarn with the right project. The nubby texture of the yarn itself makes it look gorgeous in simple stitches like stockinette (regular or reverse), garter, and ribbing. Choose patterns that let the yarn shine. Pieces that rely on simple stitches with innovative or classic shaping would be good candidates.
Recommend Casablanca to a Friend? Yes. For the right project I think this is a very lovely yarn to work with. And I gotta say, 11 out of the 15 available colorways appeal to me. That's pretty impressive.
Try Casablanca with my free Mainstreet Cowl pattern! Cowl uses one skein (220 yards).
*The yarn in this review was received complimentary from the manufacturer for test knitting & designing purposes. Reviewer was not otherwise paid, contracted, or obligated to review the yarn or product in this review.