Affordable and luxury don’t often fit in the same sentence. That is, until you’re describing Debbie Bliss Rialto yarn. Soft Extra-fine Merino yarn, at an affordable price? Yes please!
Right now I’m working on the start of my Autumn/Winter patterns, so I know whatever fibre I’m using, it needs to be warm. Queue Debbie Bliss Rialto yarn.
It’s such a pleasure to use, so perfectly plied that there has been no yarn splitting whatsoever. I can crochet blind, watching the TV and hit the right stitch every time. The stitch definition is out of this world, regardless of the colour. That tight spin gives it awesome drape too, so it’s the perfect garment-making yarn! (Hence I’ve made a jumper and scarf with it so far!)
I’ve been using the Rialto Print DK variety, which is a self-striping yarn, unlike plain Rialto which is one solid colour throughout. The colours are distributed with such precision throughout the length which puts it a grade above any other self-striping yarn. It takes the guesswork out of knowing where your next stripe is going to fall.
The colours throughout the yarn are so uniform, and come in over 20 different solid colours and self-striping varieties.
The best part: NO KNOTS!!!
Being extra-fine merino, it’s lightweight, so whatever you make will be warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The yarn is machine washable (which is always a ++++ with me!) and able to be cool ironed (thank you superwash wool!)
The yarn weights range from Lace to Chunky so whatever the project- you’ve got the yarn to suit!
The only downside to Debbie Bliss Rialto is the same as any other Debbie Bliss yarn- it’s no longer available in stores! Last year the distributor of her brand went into administration, which unfortunately means for those of us who like a potter around our local yarn shop, you won’t be able to get your mitts on her yarn there. Luckily, the yarn IS still around and can be exclusively purchased from LoveCrafts.com
Check out the range here.
Unfortunately because of the reshuffle, a few colours got discontinued, and after I went a little crazy buying Rialto DK at this point in time when the Debbie Bliss future wasn’t certain, I’m now short of a few balls of a specific colourway I can no longer get. Retailing at around the £4-£7 per 50g price mark, these were a bargain too!
Overall, if you’re willing to overlook the trickier accessibility, this yarn is a super good quality yarn with an affordable price tag. There’s a good mix of soft shades and the yarn is seasonal so the choices of what to make it into are endless.