A while ago I was doing some shopping on the online yarn store Love Knitting (shocking, I know) and this store offers free delivery on orders over £25. Being very close to the amount needed, I took a look over their yarns for something a bit different and happened across Sirdar Divine. I think it was discounted at the time and I was intrigued by the metallic sections as well as the pretty colours. With a listed yarn weight of DK, which is probably the most common weight here in Blighty, I decided to give it a shot and grabbed two balls. In the ball, this yarn looks fairly innocent.
But, when I pulled out a strand, I made a rather startling discovery – this yarn is the most extreme example of thick and thin I’ve ever seen! I’ve dealt with slubby yarn and thick and thin in the past, but this stuff blasts the other yarns into space like a rocket sled on rails.
I’m no yarn weight expert, but my best guess is that the thin metallic sections are approximately lace weight, whilst the thick fluffy sections are somewhere around heavy worsted/chunky. A quick look at the Love Knitting site for Sirdar Divine revealed a selection of nice patterns for this strange beast including this one on Ravelry. I took one look at the yarn and decided that it was frankly too bizarre to deal with on DK sized needles (something around 4mm) so I decided to do what I normally do in this situation: grab some huge needles and make lace with it. Knitting with this yarn is a bit of a challenge because of the stark transition between the yarn weights and the metallic sections have a tendency to be caught up in small knots which need untangling. This is what the yarn looks like whilst it’s being knit up:
To make my Sirdar Divine into something wearable, I grabbed some 8mm KnitPro Symfonie Interchangeable tips and hooked them up to a 60cm cable. Because the ball of yarn started in a thick section, I cast on enough stitches to fill the cable, which I think was around 40. Then, I just knit in garter until I ran out of yarn, whilst looking to see what would happen. I’m not completely happy with the result – I love the way the metallic sections look, but just can’t get my head around the areas that look like pipe cleaners.
The scarf ended up around 6 feet long, which is just the right length. I have worn this scarf and it’s surprisingly warm and soft but, again, I’m still not entirely sure about it. The major complaint I have is that the lighter sections collapse during wear, resulting in a skinny scarf with some bulkier sections. It doesn’t really matter though, because it was an interesting experiment and I had some fun trying to work out what to do with this strange yarn.
I don’t think I’d recommend Sirdar Divine unless there is a specific pattern written for it you love, because it’s just too strange to be versatile and can be a bit of a pain to knit.
What’s the strangest yarn you’ve ever encountered? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
PS: You can see my Ravelry project for this scarf here.