Same Old Yarn, Brand New Gauge???

Heilo yarn gauge was 6 sts / inch, now 5.5 sts/inch!!

Newer Heilo cards imply DK gauge for a Sport weight classic. I say stick with the 6 sts/inch gauge, used for decades.

Vintage grey Heilo, pulled from my stash, all = 24 sts / 4".  Brand new off-white Heilo, far right = 22 sts / 4".  All 4, old and new = 50g with 100m.  I guess the new, looser gauge is an attempt to associate it with lighter weight, more flowing designs.  Thanks, but I'm sticking with the time-honored 6 sts/inch sport weight gauge = sturdier clothing with crisper colorwork.

Vintage grey Heilo, pulled from my stash, with all 3 ball band gauges = 24 sts / 4″. Brand new off-white Heilo, far right, with ball band gauge = 22 sts / 4″. All 4, old and new, weigh 50g, with length = 100m.  The product is UNCHANGED!  I guess the new, looser suggested gauge is an attempt to associate the same old Heilo (and Falk, too) with lighter weight, more flowing, contemporary designs. Although decades of sport weight Dale designs using Heilo suggest the time-honored 6 sts/inch sport weight gauge, some of their recent Heilo / Falk designs are done at 5.5 sts/inch, a typical DK gauge.  Thanks, but I’m sticking with the time-honored 6 sts/inch sport weight gauge …for sturdy, warm sweaters with crisp colorwork.  (And for hats, mittens, socks, I shoot for 7 sts/inch.)  If you want a lighter-weight result, simply use a lighter weight yarn! 

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2 Responses to Same Old Yarn, Brand New Gauge???

  1. What is going on with this? What is the aim do you imagine? Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

    • twostrands says:

      The Heilo and Falk yarns themselves are unchanged, but ownership of the company has changed quite a bit in the last few years. They’ve become much more of a stylish clothing manufacturer, rather than a traditional knitting company, while still using Dalegarn / Dale of Norway yarns. Look at the pink/white sweater knit in Heilo or Falk (probably Falk) on page 2 of this PDF: http://www.dalegarn.com/images/misc/201201020805253.pdf I have that booklet and, although it’s in “sport weight” Heilo or Falk, the suggestion tension is 22 sts / 4″/. I think you can see in the yoke of that sweater that you’d get a better, less see-through, result if it were done in the tried-and-true 6 sts/inch. But, lighter sweaters are more the trend. And use less yarn. And, Dale’s emphasis is mostly on the far-more-profitable ready-to-wear side these days.

      Honestly, as long as they never change Heilo / Falk, I don’t care. I don’t care for most “fashions” anyway – I’d ALWAYS rather make my own!

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