Yarn Cakes and Tea Episode 2: The Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted

Here is episode 2 of Yarn Cakes and Tea! Today I am reviewing the Plucky Knitter's Primo Worsted yarn. I plan on releasing a review every two weeks, Tuesday morning/Monday evening. If you have a yarn that you want me to review, or a tea that you would like to donate to the show, just shoot me an email at fdanoy@arohaknits.com!

Written review is below!

First Impressions

Primo Worsted is, as the name suggests, a worsted weight yarn, with 200 yards per hank. It is 75% SW merino, for softness, 20% cashmere, for shine and luxuriousness, and 5% nylon, for strength and durability. MCN yarn bases are quickly becoming my favourite blends.

I am using this yarn in a design scheduled to come out in the winter. As stripes are the main feature, I got two color ways: High Cotton and Dirty Blonde. The color ways are absolutely lovely, with some slight shade variations in the yarn to add some depth to knit projects.

These yarns are hand-dyed and a close eye is kept over the entire process. You can feel the love and the amount of work put into these yarns, which justify the hefty $36 per hank price tag. This is a luxurious base that will produce glorious results and last a good, long time.

However they seem to be a little hard to get one's hands on them as they are only sold on Plucky Knitter and all of PK's yarns sell out fast. 

Upon closer inspection, there seemed to be just a few small areas where a tiny section of the piles broke and fuzzed up, but I was able to easily fix that with a snip of the scissors as I was working with it.

Primo Worsted was not the softest yarn I have felt, but it was not irritating to my skin, and the softness factor was not the most important aspect of the yarn that I was looking for. As I am planning out a pullover design, I needed something warm, durable, and could be worn close to the skin. So far, this yarn seems to be holding up to my needs!

Quick Knit

I worked the swatch in the same manner of the garment construction, hence the bias knitting. It was a quick knit, due to its weight but the finished swatch didn't feel bulky or chunky. I believe that it will make for a flattering garment! There was no splitting or piling in the yarn, thanks to the nylon, and it was an enjoyable and smooth knit. Absolutely no complains about working with it and I can't wait to start my project.

As mentioned before, you can feel the love and luxury in the yarn, you know that you are holding something special. But you can also sense that this is a sturdy yarn that will hold out for a long time. Yanking it a few times proved to be a piece of cake for the strand, it is not breaking in half anytime soon.


The yarn took to the water nicely and there was no color bleeding in the water or within the color ways. The base held its colors very well. 

The stitch definition is divine: I used stockinette stitch for the swatch and not only are the stitches clean and defined, there is no bias in the "v"'s. Looking at the reverse stockinette stitch proved the same, clear and precise.

The swatch is also fairly elastic, which is great for me, as the design will sport negative ease in the bust, so a yarn that can stretch but then fall back to its original shape is a plus.

Final Thoughts

The Plucky Knitter's Primo Worsted yarn base is an excellent yarn choice for the upcoming Fall and Winter season. Quick to knit up, easy to work with, this is a durable and warm yarn that will make you feel wonderful when you wear your Finished Objects. It is however very pricey, especially if you wanted to knit up a pullover or sweater, and it sells out quick, meaning you will have to follow their announcements and updates like a hawk and have excellent internet connection when they update their stores. Nonetheless, if you manage to get your hands (and wallet) on this yarn base, you will not be disappointed!

Final Grade: A

Tea donated from Chloé Hubert, of L'Atelier Fibre Laine. Tea is Pagès Jasmine tea.