From the Plymouth Brand Italian Collection, this DK weight yarn has been mercerized and gassed to provide it vibrant color and a gorgeous sheen. In case you're wondering what that actually means, we had to ask, too, and we'll share our newfound knowledge.
Mercerization is a chemical treatment for cellulose fibers, such as cotton, invented by John Mercer in 1844. The yarn is dipped in a sodium hydroxide bath, followed by an acid bath. This strengthens the fibers and givesthe yarn a shiny, lustrous appearance. Mercerized yarn also accepts dyes more easily and holds the color longer. It is stronger than non-mercerized thread and resists mildew.
Gassed yarn is mercerized cotton yarn that has been exposed very rapidly to a hot gas flame. This process removes any fuzz or excess lint on the thread. This results in a brighter and smoother appearance.
Fiber Content: 100% Egyptian, Gassed and Mercerized Cotton
Tension: 5.5 sts = 1"
Needles: US 5
Machine Wash Cold, Tumble Dry Low