Zephyr is truly a luxury yarn. Light and lustrous, it is made from 50% Merino wool and 50% Chinese Tussah silk. The yarn takes on a beautiful sheen and is very popular with weavers and fiber artists. Hand knitters have also discuovered this yarn for it's softness, sheen and drapiness.
This listing for 1-lb Zephyr Cones is for the 2-ply lace weight (2/18) yarn. The same yarn and colors are also packaged in 50-gram and 100-gram skeins. Please see related product listings if you are interested in skeins. Zephyr also comes in worsted weight.
Lace Weight (5,040 yds in a 1-lb cone)
Weaving Setts - varies, normally plain weave 18-20; twill 22-28
Knitting gauge - varies, normally use larger needle (size 1-4) for lace. May use sizes 000-1 for closely knit stockinette.
When knitting, 3 strands together is the equivalent of a sport weight yarn.
Washing Instructions: Dry-cleaning is recommended by Jaggerspun. Many weavers and knitters have good success with handwashing in mild soapy lukewarm water or a wool wash such as SOAK using minimal agitation and air drying.
The dyed silk is not as resistant to fading as the wool; it is recommended that items made with the yarn not be exposed to strong natural or artificial light for long periods.