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TPCT's yarn info is deliberately focussed on gauge and yardage:
Yarn Any that is approximately a heavy fingering weight that will give you the proper gauge, preferred fibre content is 50%+ wool, approx 122 (195, 205, 222, 236) 256, 274, 296, 312 grams
Needles 3.25 mm (US 3) circulars (approx 16” / 40 cm length) and 3.25 mm (US 3) dpns or size to obtain gauge
Gauge 24 sts and 28 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stockinette To ensure the best fit, please check your gauge
I wanted knitters to be able to easily dive into their stash and grab gauge-matching leftovers. Because this is a smaller-than-normal sweater, you'll be using much less yarn than you're used to for a garment, making TPCT a good option for an economical knitter!
But you might be wondering: a crop top in WOOL?
Let's talk a bit about different fibre options and what they can do for your TPCT.
- great elasticity; will hold its shape well and the ribbing will be tidy and remain so
- keeping you warm; wool is great at retaining warmth
- stitch definition; the particular yarn I picked shows the kfb increases across the yoke very clearly
We'll talk in more depth about styling your TPCT tomorrow, but a quick FYI: crop tops CAN be a season-crossing garment. They are great for layering under or over other clothing. As you can see in this photo, I'm wearing this crop top over one of my favourite dresses.
- cashmere will feel reaaaally good next to your skin
- it makes for a very lightweight TPCT
- this fibre is NOT good with elasticisty: take a look at the photo and you'll see that the ribbing is not tidy and snug against my body, and the stitch definition isn't great either
This TPCT, as you see, saw me have a LOT of fun with stash remnants. All of these were of varying fibre content, but the MC white colour is a 100% angora. You can see that it behaves a bit different from the other TPCT fibre blends on this post:
- the angora, like the cashmere, isn't great with elastic memory. That means the ribbing ends up being more decorative than function ie: after a few wears, it began to hover out, away from my body
- it has a verrrry pretty halo; it creates a nice textural effect
- it's WARM; I wore this TPCT all through the winter, and to be honest, I'm not sure I can imagine wearing a full length angora sweater even in the deepest winter! It would just be too hot!
- silk has a nice drape; a silk/silk blend yarn will wrap around your body differently than a straight up wool yarn. Note how the outline of my undergarment is visible with this silk blend yarn
- silk has a lovely sheen; I'm not sure how well you can see that in this pic, but the yarn almost shines, it's lovely
- if there's a lot of silk in your yarn, it will affect the elastic memory of your TPCT (which means it might stretch out and the ribbing will eventually stop sitting super close to your body)
- silk will also be a lighter-weight option (both literally and thermally!); silk will keep you cooler than an animal-based fibre
I have not knit a cotton or cotton blend version of TPCT, but that doesn't mean that you can't! Some characteristics of cotton to keep in mind:
- this fibre isn't great at elastic memory; that means it will stretch out after use (kind of like a pair of jeans). There exists out there on the internet certain options and suggestions for snapping the cotton back to its original shape. I have not tested these. If you are relying on this, I'd suggest making a gauge swatch and treating it the same way you'd treat your TPCT to see how it'll behave.
- cotton is great for warm weather
- maybe look for a cotton and elastic blend yarn; that'll give you the best of both worlds
Cotton will give you a really great warm weather TPCT, as long as you're cool with its lack of elastic memory. I'd heavily suggest testing your cotton by making a gauge swatch (including ribbing). Measure it. Toss it in your bag and carry it around for a few days. See what happens! It may stretch out, and that might be exactly what you're looking for!
Have other questions about different fibres? Please ask away! I do recommend going to the fantastic source that is Clara Parkes' The Knitter's Book of Yarn. It'll give you great insight into the behaviour of fibre, and allow you to make an informed choice about your yarn for TPCT, and all other fibre options in your knitting future!