Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Sirdar Calico - Yarn Review

Yarn Name: Sirdar Calico Double Knitting
Manufacturer: Sirdar

Fibre content: 60% cotton/40% acrylic
Ball weight: 50g
Yardage: 158m/172yd
Recommended Needle/Hook Size: 4mm
Care: Warm Wash (machine washable), Dry Flat, Dry Cleanable
Tension: 22 sts and 28 rows to 4 inches/10 cm on 4mm needles
Price: £2.00 - £2.80 (approximately)

One of the first things I noticed about Sirdar Calico is that it’s a beautifully soft yarn, producing a soft, springy drape when knitted and as well as an evenly knitted fabric. It has a matt finish and provides great stitch definition. It’s a standard double knitting yarn that will knit to most double knitting patterns (but remember to always check your tension before you start knitting).

SIrdar Calico is described by Sirdar as a light and soft cotton blend summery yarn, but there are some fabulous grey and blue shades in the colour palette that would be suitable for all year round.
It’s also a washable yarn so your projects will be easy to care for – no need for dry cleaning or hand washing.

Sirdar Calico has 4 plies of yarn that are tightly twisted and I didn’t find it prone to unwinding and splitting. I’m currently using it to make some crocheted letters for Homemaker Magazine in subtle shades of blues, greys and whites. Even after frogging my work a few times, the plies only loosened slightly and there was no noticeable difference once I'd finally finished my project. I used a 3mm hook - smaller than recommended to create a tighter stitch as I didn't want the cardboard and toy filling to show through the fabric.
However, having researched Ravelry, some members say that the yarn splits and often has knots in the ball. I haven’t experienced this myself but it’s something to bear in mind.

The price of one ball makes this a great value yarn too. For around £4-6 you could knit up a beautiful baby cardigan with just a couple of balls, or a cute little toy or bootees with just one ball.

Overall I think that Sirdar Calico is a good value yarn and a great alternative to acrylic. It’s lighter than 100% cotton and produces a light, soft fabric. It’s a versatile yarn, suitable for all kinds of projects including adult, children and baby garments, accessories, home makes and toys.

Projects I’ve used it for: Crochet Letters, amigurumi toys, baby garments, blankets, purse, knitted cakes.


For more information on Sirdar Calico and shade chart, visit Sirdar's website here

1 comment:

  1. I love this yarn, it's one of my faves for making animiguri with! :D xx