A quick review on Hobbii Cotton Kings Sultan Shadow, as it has quickly become one of my favorites.
Find it here: Sultan Shadow | Yarn | Cotton Kings - Hobbii.com
The breakdown, from Hobbii’s website:
200 g (7.1 oz)
800 m (875 yds)
2.5 mm (US 2) - 3.5 mm (US 4)
25 stitches, 34 rows to 10 cm/4"
Recommended crochet hook:
3.5 mm (US E-4) - 4 mm (US G-6)
Machine wash 30°C (86°F) / Do not tumble dry
Personal review, as a crocheter:
The yarn is 100% cotton, but it can be a little rough on the fingers. I personally would limit wear directly against skin as I have a very sensitive skin, but it can definitely be worn. If you want that soft, buttery feel that feels amazing and nice against the skin, go with Twister, that is a cotton/acrylic blend.
As this is a thin yarn (Hobbii classifies this as a sport weight, but this is a 4ply and is definitely on the thinner side), it can be challenging to work with for a beginner. Be careful not to use too much tension. I recommend using a rounder hook tip with this yarn, as sharper hooks will have a tendency to catch on the loose threads.
This yarn is not spun together, it is 4 loose threads held together, with a gradient color change created by little knots at the color changes. Once worked, the color change looks very blended and natural.
If you’re having a hard time working with loose threads, Hobbii recommends threading through a bead and using it to keep the strands together as you work. I guess you would just push the bead as you work.
The recommended hook size with this is 3.5-4mm. 3.5 can be fine if you want some serious drape, but I personally like the fabric created with a 3.25mm hook more. It’s tighter and neater (see images below). Of course you’ll have to gauge swatch and see about your tension.
Sultan Shadow has 20 colorways, each of one main color gradually transitioning to a grayish black. This is not a dark gray, but rather a softer black. Some of the colorways have different colors in them to complete the gradient, like the red transitions to a midnight blue, and the yellow and orange to a blueish gray, before ending in the black.
Cotton Kings has a few different ranges of this yarn with themed colorways.
Sultan pastello has a range of 8 colorways of bright to pastel gradients
Regular Sultan has a range of no less than 55 colorways, all gemstone themed
There is also Sultan Deluxe and Sultan Deluxe Shine, more expensive, but also a bit easier to work with, and those are spun together.
As Hobbii yarns can be expensive, I recommend waiting for sales to purchase them. I’ve seen them for up to 50% off in the past. Hobbii also sells higher quantities at a discounted price (ex: buy 6 or more for x% less). Sales are frequent though, so it’s definitely worth the wait.
My personal favorites: 05, 07, 08, 10, 14, 17 and 20.
I don’t knit but if some knitters in here have tried this yarn, I would love to know in the comments! Please talk about your experience.
Worked with a 3.5 hook
Worked with a 3.25 hook
Example of how the gradient happens in a piece