WHAT IS IT?
Empress is a soft, strong 100% mercerised cotton with a lovely lustre spun to an 8 gauge, approx. 3ply weight. Mercerised cotton is cooler and crisper to the touch than soft cotton and this lovely even, smooth twist gives great stitch definition and drape.
Different batches of the yarn occasionally have a different twist direction, so please make sure you order enough to complete your project in case our next batch is different.
For some reason this yarn is sold by length, rather than ball weight and the white and ecru are longer than the other colours (presumably because it’s cheaper to bleach/scour than it is to dye the yarn). White and Ecru have 450yd per ball and all the other colours have 400yd coming in at approx. 74g and 65g respectively, though the thickness will be the same across the range.
WHAT'S IT FOR?
Not just for crochet, Empress is perfect for tatting and lacemaking, braids and tassels, macrame and weaving. However, intricate crochet and knitting stitches come alive with this type of yarn as stitches hold their shape well and are clearly defined due to the smooth, lustrous twist of the yarn.
The paler shades can all be dyed with cold water or natural dyes – especially the bright white and natural ecru tones (where you also get more per ball!)
Crochet or knit to most standard 3ply patterns.
Suitable Crafts: Braidmaking, Crocheting, Dyeing, Embroidery, Knitting, Knotting, Lacemaking, Macrame, Tapestry Weaving, Tasselmaking, Weaving
WHY SHOULD I BUY IT?
A classic crochet cotton at a great price.
|Main Fibre Content||Cotton|
|Price Per 100g||£4.45|
|Crafts Suitable For||Braidmaking, Crocheting, Dyeing, Embroidery, Knitting, Knotting, Lacemaking, Macrame, Tapestry Weaving, Tasselmaking, Weaving|
|Gauge or Tension||Knit on 2.25mm - 3mm pins to a tension of 32 stitches and 40 rows for a 10cm square. Or crochet on a 1.75mm – 2mm hook.|
|Yarn Count||10/3cc or 8 Gauge|
|Ends Per Inch (EPI)||33|
|Length||Ecru & White 450yd (411m), Other Colours 400yd (365m)|
|When It's Gone It's Gone||No|
|Washing Instructions||Gentle Hand Wash, Dry Flat, Medium Iron, Iron Under Damp Cloth|