Review: Classic Elite Yarns Verde Collection Seedling
Dare we dip our toes into spring waters? Amy Kaspar thinks we should! Here is her review of Classic Elite’s Seedling…
It’s official: I am thinking spring. And so should you. It is time we took a cotton yarn for a spin…how about Classic Elite’s Seedling? Their Verde Collection is chock full of organic cottons, with Seedling being the light-worsted choice of the bunch. I used a ball of color 4570 Grass for the review, and a pair of US8/5.0mm straight metal needles.
Classic Elite Seedling is a 100% organic tanguis cotton, with a tight-twist cotton spiralling around the billowy part of the brushed fibers. This results in a super-pretty twist that gives stitches a bit more dimension, fluff, and stability than their smooth-twist counterparts.
Each 50g hank provides 100m/109yds of fluffy, absorbent heaven, which makes this yarn perfect for smaller projects. I decided on a dishcloth, of course, but because of its cuddly feel, the yarn would be an excellent choice for baby and toddler items, summer hats, market bags, and baby blankets as well.
On the hands, that fluffy twist feels peaceful and pleasant, with no animal barbs to irritate even the most sensitive of skin. This is why it is so ideal for baby and toddler items, or anyone with a sensitivity to animal fibers. I also did not wash this piece in the traditional sense; I did what you are supposed to do with a wash cloth. Here is what it looked like fresh off the needles.
And here is how it looked after going into a hot shower, with harsh hotel soap, and then being blocked on the dashboard of my car with the windshield vent drying the remaining water (desperate times call for desperate measures).
Granted, the color I used is not typically a “bleedy” (it’s a word) color; the colors which bleed the most are reds, blacks, and the more saturated jewel tones. But not only did I not see any dye on me or the towel I used to shuck the water, the item itself was still very soft after it dried. Over time, many cloths will harden from the residual soap buildup from doing dishes or holding teeny remnants of beauty products in it, but Classic Elite Seedling showed none of that tendency on the first wash, unlike some of its counterparts on the market.
Also, the blocking held pretty perfectly. Are you wanting to try a lace item but you are not ready to use lace- or fingering-weight yarn? Give the light-worsted weight 100% organic cotton a try, and the stitches will bloom just as much as its lightweight brothers and sisters after blocking. Yay!
On the subject of stretching and give, though, keep a few things in mind: Cotton yarns have no memory without water. The natural tendency of plant fibers is to stretch slightly; this yarn will stretch less simply because of its construction (that tight core holds its shape pretty well), but it may still grow a bit. Your best combat to it is to use its drape to your advantage, and go up a needle size if you want something you knit to be relaxed out of the gate.
This yarn will also not split, because of its construction. Between its stability and its lack of stretch, this is a great “teaching” yarn. Do you have a friend who wants to learn to knit? Teach them by using this yarn, and having them make Grandma’s Favourite Dishcloth.
Also, plain stitches look absolutely lovely with this yarn. The pattern I used is garter and stocking stitch next to each other (the wrong side has purl bumps for both patterns), and it is much more interesting than the smoothness you get with consistently-twisted yarns. This is not the yarn to use if your sole purpose is to make cables and twisted stitches pop, however; the yarn will hold up just fine, but the definition of the cables will not be quite as showstopping as it would be with a smooth wool or alpaca blend.
Classic Elite Seedling can stand the harshness of a good wash, in addition to feeling nice on the skin, so baby and toddler items would be a functionally good choice for this yarn. Also, anything next to the skin, such as a tank top or lacy summer scarf, would be perfect. Cotton generally does not hold body heat as well as animal fibers, so this is not the yarn you use to make that cuddly cardigan to wear next to the fireplace; the jumpers in Classic Elite Seedling are better suited for slightly warmer times of year.
Knowing this yarn can wash so well, this yarn is now a more portable option than its animal fiber counterparts as well. Have you ever gone poolside on a vacation or holiday, and agonized over which knit to bring because you did not want the yarn to get ruined by the elements or environment? Classic Elite Seedling can handle it!
I also had a third of the hank left over after my cloth, so this yarn will stretch both your knitting and your dollar further. The bottom line is that Classic Elite Seedling, part of the company’s Verde Collection, is a great choice for your cotton needs because its makes your flat stitches look deeper and your baby and summer items look professional without breaking your wallet. Think spring!
Try your hand at knitting Grandma’s favourite dishcloth with Amy’s brilliant tutorial and give Classic Elite Seedling a whirl! It comes in 29 fantastic shades including solids and multis, and you’ll need some 4.5mm needles.
Last updated: August 11th, 2017.