Sunspun Fine Yarns

Yarn in Focus: Rowan Purelife Revive

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36% recycled silk, 36% recycled cotton, 28% recycled viscose
50 g/125 metres
Gauge: 22 stitches = 10 cm on 4 mm needles

IMG_6002From yarn giants Rowan comes Revive, a yarn very much created with the environment in mind. Fully recycled from new silk, cotton and viscose garments, the cloth is first sterilised, cut up and ground into fibres for carding before being spun.

The result is a lovely tweed yarn that lends a wool-like rusticity to finished garments. The colour palette is usefully subtle, and there is good Rowan pattern support (we carry the books instore, so please ask).

This is a cotton-based yarn with a difference: the viscose lends the finished garment a beautiful drape, and it is much lighter than you’d expect an eight-ply cotton garment to be. The silk flecks lend just enough sheen and pops of colour to brighten up the tweed.

This is a yarn for simple-line cardigans, shrugs and shawls that drape, and also for structured tees. Being a composite cotton yarn, it can be a little unyielding to work with, and the fabric a bit stiff if knit tightly, but the swatch above softened and opened up when washed. This is one yarn whose gauge you definitely need to check post-washing and blocking. The yarn blocks beautifully, producing lovely stitch details and definition.

We’ve previously mentioned the splendid Rowan cardigans Durum and Spelt. From Ravelry, Revive looks like a favourite yarn for tees such as Julie Hoover’s Insouciant, a simple top with a flattering silhouette, raglan seams and side slits.

Source: Julie Hoover

Or Jane Richmond’s Gemini, a seamless top-down with subtle lace panels.


Source: Jane Richmond

We have the much loved kids’ cardigan Granny’s Favourite instore made from Revive.


Source: Georgie Hallam

And this cropped Cardoon knits up quickly – perfect for throwing over summer dresses.


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