Apparently - Crêpe fabrics have a distinctive ‘crisp’ appearance originally associated with mourning. When you’re talking about knitting yarn, that distinctive crepe appearance is achieved in the manufacturing process whereby the ‘twist’ is tightened, giving a slightly kinked or crimped strand. I’ve just always liked crepe yarns as they’re pleasant to knit with, and great for children’s garments as they’re so easy to care for and hard wearing.
I knitted the same brand of crepe yarn for many years, for my children when they were young, and more recently for my grand-children, so I was very disappointed when my favourite brand was discontinued last year.
I had no choice but to try a different brand and, as far as I’m aware, there aren’t that many out there to choose from! So it was a really good job that the very first one I tried was very good indeed.
I can tell you that Robin Crepe DK is a complete pleasure to knit with. The 100% acrylic yarn doesn’t feel too synthetic, and the strand, as you knit, feels quite round and ‘full’ – I can’t stand those DKs that feel all thin and cheap.
It comes in 11 solid, strong colours and at £2.50 (at time of writing) for a 245m/100g ball, is exceptionally good value. It means that it only took 2 balls for the ‘V’ neck cardigan I made for my 3-year-old grandson – with just enough left over to add a couple of pockets (In the photograph, it looks as if I've attached them wonkily, but I assure you they're at matching heights). He’s wanted pockets, like his dad, for quite a while now, and he immediately put them to good use with a couple of small, metal cars – I expect they’ll be very good for testing how well it keeps its shape.
I hand washed it, as I do all my knits. Usually I ring as much water out as is possible by hand and then lay them flat on a clean towel to dry, but this took up so much water I had to gently spin dry it, fortunately this didn’t lead to any loss of shape at all. After that it took no time at all to dry and hardly needed any (dry!) pressing.
Just a word of warning here – never, never, NEVER steam or wet press an acrylic yarn. I found that out the hard way many years ago when a hat I knitted for a toddler had to be thrown away because I didn’t know any baby elephants … about the only thing the hat would’ve fitted after I pressed it under a wet cloth!
Stan loved it and it fitted really well so I am sure he’ll get good wear out of it – we’ll have to wait and see how it washes and wears over time.