|Pilling on a fine Merino Baby Cardy|
We all hate it. It seems so unfair that after hours of labour and toil that these little gate-crashers can spoil your yarn party. So, can I recommend a yarn that doesn't pill?
Firstly - pilling isn't the end of the world. It can be remedied, easily. In fact I enjoy de-pilling, but more about that later. This is a question about expectations and planning. The expectation is that you can never expect a hand knitted garment to wear like a mass produced, fine count one. It just isn't going to happen - as soon as you cast that expectation away, you are half way there.
|This vest is knitted in Southlander - I did this in early 2010. He gives it a gentle pluck when he hand washes it and that's all the care it needs.|
|This sample is knitted in Vintage and is about 6 years only - it is touched, fondled and generally abused and still looks brilliant!|
|A bolero in my collection knitted 10 years ago - was depilled for the first time this year, you can see where I started on the right.|
Simply - pick one
A very fine yarn (ie Fine Merino) with friction and wear will start to pill. This is because what makes those yarns so fine and soft are the very thin fibres that make them up. What can help reduce the pilling is trapping those fibres into a firmer or finer twist (but not too tight or you loose that lovely squish factor) and making sure that yarns such as this are knitted into a denser fabric or are locked up in tight defined stitch patterns so they don't escape.
|I love this yarn and this pattern - but I need to give the finished garment a wee "buzz" each time before I wear it.|
|It took me less than 30 seconds to depill this (see first image in post), it's not hard.|