Here’s yet another cautionary tale. This one is about worming.

I’ve seen lots of questions about worming – what is it, why does it happen, how to avoid it. The what question is easy to answer. Here’s a quick little cotton/chenille cardigan I whipped up for The Smallest One this past spring:

It’s knit from Stahl Wolle’s Harlekin Color, a rather plain generic raglan in stockinette, with a rolled collar and cropped waist. I did up the pattern (such as it is) using Sweater Wizard. That part and the knittingwent well, although the yarn split like crazy and was a *($# to knit. The thing is bright and cheerful.The Smallest One had fun picking out the pansy and bee buttons. I even went back and got more of this yarn with a navy base color and knit a raglanpullover for the larger daughter.

Things however began to go wrong shortly after completion of both projects. Both sweaters began to worm. The little chenille strands separated themselves from the cotton yarn and began poking up here and there. Hand washing however caused all restraint on worming to break. In spite of the lousy photo, the result can be seen here:

No I didn’t tease these loopies up, nor did I pick a particularly bad part of the piece. The entire surface is like this now – a ratty, trashy looking mess. The kidlet still likes her bee sweater because it’s soft, but it catches on everything it comes near and I shudder each time I look at it.

Moral of the story. Chenille isn’t worth the effort. That’s four for four projects I’ve attempted using chenille or chenille mix yarns that have ended up looking like hell within a fortnight of completion. It’s pretty andthe colors are great, plus Iknow some people love the stuff and swear that they can control the worming. I’ve tried knitting it more tightly than label gauge. I’ve tried knitting it in combo with something else. I’ve tried chenilles of different fiber compositions, but I’ve never had decent results. Buyer beware. This buyer will never purchase nor work with chenille in any of its forms ever again.

More Mags to Trade

Courtesy of a very generouspal, I find myself with duplicates of two Interweave Knits back issues: Fall, 2003 and Winter 2002/2003. I’ve got both in my library, and useful info shouldn’ sit idle.

If you’re looking for these and would like to engineer a trade, please let me know. Preference will be given to folks outside the USA. I know that people In Other Countries often don’t get a chance to get these mags, and we here in the US often don’t get the treat of seeing needlework publications from other countries. I’d love to trade one or both of these for one or more knitting, embroidery, crochet, or other specialty needlework magazines published elsewhere in the world – language doesn’t matter. If you’re interested, please let me know.

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