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Chainette: A Lofty New Luxury Yarn

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Chainette: A Lofty New Luxury Yarn

Lion Brand recently added a lofty new yarn to their luxury LB Collection® line. Chainette is a blend of alpaca, wool, & polyamide with a chain-like construction. Instead of the more typical ply (smaller twisted strands that comprise the larger strand of yarn), Chainette has a mesh-like chain construction. Hence the name.

This yarn is oh-so lofty. It’s a classic CYC#4/Medium (worsted weight), but garments feel lighter than air. I’m currently working on a raglan sweater using Chainette and I can tell from the WIP that it will be warm without weighing me down.

Yarn WeightCYC#4 (Worsted Weight)
Length131 yards (120 meters)
Weight50 grams (1.75 ounces)
Fiber 70% Baby Alpaca, 18% Virgin Wool, 12% Polyamide
Care Hand Wash, Lay Flat to Dry
Crochet Gauge 14 sc x 16 r = 4″ on I-9 (5.5mm)
Knit Gauge 18 sts x 26 rows = 4″ on #8 (5mm)

Chainette is part of Lion Brand’s LB Collection®. This luxurious blend of 70% Baby Alpaca, 18% Virgin Wool, and 12% Polyamide is spun with a modern “chainette” construction. This allows for air to pass through, creating an extremely lightweight and soft yarn with a generous 131 yards per 50 gram ball. This CYC 4 yarn comes in a sophisticated palette of ten muted colors. The classic worsted gauge (four and a half stitches per inch) fits into myriad projects. You will be delighted at how soft and lightweight your knit and crochet designs will look and feel.



Need a little inspiration to get you going? The Lion Brand bloggers have been loving Chainette yarn and are busy designing kits to bulk up your project queue.

Easy Eyelet Yoke Sweater

Seamless and the cutest sunburst detail of eyelet stitches, the Easy Eyelet Yoke Sweater is the perfect project for a knitter wanting to dive into their first seamless top down yoke sweater. Made with 1-3” of positive ease in mind, this sweater was designed for everyday wear. Simple and elegant, it can be dressed down with some ripped jeans and short booties, or dressed up to wear to the office. The eyelet increase stitches truly remind me of strands of pearls, classy and simple.

Elle Convertible Shawl

A colorblock convertible shawl with simple openwork linear lace and the fluffiest pom pom ties you’ve ever seen! The ties allow Elle to be worn in several ways and it’s so much fun to explore new ways to wear her. Lion Brand Chainette yarn is the key to this fluffy feminine look with the perfect mix and match color palette.

Fading Waves Cowl

In the Fading Waves Cowl, four rich colors overlap in a fair isle motif to create subtle transitions from one color to the next. Not quite stripes and not quite color blocking, this infinity scarf plays with color in its own unique way, bringing just a dash of color to your winter wardrobe.

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