Sunspun Fine Yarns

Yarns in Focus: Zauberball & Zauberball Crazy

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75% wool, 24% nylon
100 g/420 metres
Gauge: 30 stitches = 10 cm on 2–3 mm needles

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Gradient and self-striping yarns are a little bit magical, and have their dedicated fans. Germany’s Schoppel Wolle Zauberball have done them very, very well for a while now, and we’re really pleased to have them instore. The colours and combinations in Zauberball and Zauberball Crazy are vibrant, and their repeats long and fade softly into each other, producing unique creations.

The yarn itself is not completely smooth in the skein, and can vary from thick to thin – a trait that bothers some knitters and crocheters, so be warned! Finished objects do soften with washing and with use, and the nylon ensures that they wear well. As for the colours, they remain as vibrant from the first wash to the last.

One ball will make a pair of adult socks with most patterns; there is a case for keeping them simple and letting the colours do the work.

Zauberball are also great for scarves and shawls, where the long repeats help to ensure there is no pooling.

One of the more effective applications of the Zauberball colours is in Stephen West’s Spectra scarf, which is knit in short rows to create a curved edge. The project page on Ravelry has some beautiful finished samples.


I made Lisa Mutch’s Cirriform with just one skein of Zauberball; it is deliberately asymmetrical to use up every scrap of yarn. The fabric is light and airy, and has a divine drape. The garter stitch makes this a soothing and uncomplicated knit, perfect for adventurous beginners.


As with all self-striping yarns, you can combine two or more colours to create stripey socks, scarves …


… and an adult cardigan such as this.


The sheep motif in this sweet kids’ cardigan, knit from the bottom up, would look lovely worked in Zauberball and a contrasting colour. The pattern covers sizing from 12 months to 3 years.


In store news, next week is the last of our first series of classes, on lace. It’s been pleasing to have your support and enthusiasm for the classes, and we look forward to presenting more classes in the second half of this year.

Tomorrow, 13 June, is World Wide Knit in Public Day, the largest knitter-run event in the world, with countries such as Finland, France, China, South Africa, Sweden and Australia participating. If you don’t already, here’s a great opportunity to knit proud and publicly. The event was established by Danielle Landes in 2005 to draw attention to this craft and its vibrant and diverse community, so out yourself – you may be surprised who else you see with needles in hand! This webpage shows you all the WWKIP events around Australia. If you’re in Melbourne city, bring your needles and join What Jane Knits by the banks of the the Yarra at the Arbory Bar from noon till 2 pm for a snack, drink and a spot of knitting. No bookings needed, and entry is free. #wwkip

Just a reminder that we have discontinued yarns on sale, and lots of pattern books too. See you in the shop!

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