Nothing compares to the joy of a chunky, quick-knit project! Even more so when what you knit is super snugly and a dream to wear! With exactly this in mind, we have designed Maximo: a wonderful merino yarn for faster projects ideal for beginners who enjoy a quick sense of achievement. It is the perfect yarn for snugly thick cardigans, pullovers, scarves and other accessories.
Merino wool is very special because it is one of the finest and most exclusive fibres available with a unique shine and softness. It also has many properties that make it very popular:
Its high elasticity has to do with the crimping of the wool fibre: up to 40 crimps per centimetre! Garments knit with merino allow free body movement and stretch with you, yet return to their original shape making them resistant to wrinkling and sagging.
Due to the fineness of the fibre it is also extremely soft. So, it does not aggravate the skin and does not cause any itching when worn directly on the skin making it the perfect choice for even the most sensitive skin.
Merino wool is highly breathable and has excellent thermoregulating properties. Due to the strong crimping, the fibres lie loosely on top of each other and form a kind of air chamber, which insulates. Strictly speaking, merino wool does not warm at all, but prevents that body heat is given off, so you feel cosy and warm. In addition, it absorbs up to a third of its dry weight in moisture without feeling damp. The result: Merino warms in winter and cools in summer.
Merino fibre has an oily, waxy coating known as Lanolin which helps repel water and guards the sheep against infections. The lanolin residues that are found in the yarn safeguard against mildew and odour-causing bacteria.
Garments knitted with Maximo will last a seriously long time, but when the time finally comes for it to be changed, it will naturally decompose in soil.
- Composition: 100% virgin wool (Merino Superfine, Organic certified)
- Yarn Length: 100 g ~ 80 m | 3.50 oz ~ 87 yds
- Needle size: 9 mm | 13 US
- Gauge: 10 Stitches, 15 Rows to 4" (10 cm)
- Usage: Pullover Size 38 ~ 700g (7 Balls)
- Yarn Weight: 100 g | 3.50 oz ~ Ball
Maximo: 31 Colours to fall in love with!
Maximo has the exact same colour palette as our Merino Baby. It is a colour palette that has been carefully designed to captivate and lure you at first glance. With 31 colours, the possibilities are endless! What´s not to love of a luxury, soft yarn that allows you to create stylish handmade garments in very little time?
So, choose your favourite colours and let the fun begin!
Maximo, Mon Amour!
Maximo is classified as a “chunky” yarn which refers to the weight of yarn. This, however, isn’t how heavy it is, rather it refers to the increased thickness of the strand. And that is precisely what makes Maximo so unique for it is rare to find merino wool that is this thick. Furthermore, despite its thickness, it is actually pretty light.
Many knitters find chunky yarn easier to work with than lighter ‘weight' (smaller/thinner) yarns because it makes fabulous big and defined stitches with extra thickness to grab onto.
As if this weren´t already enough, Maximo like our Merino Baby has other characteristics that make it special.
The fibres come from Argentina and are GOTS-certified. The Global Organic Textile Standard, the GOTS certificate, is a very demanding label that ensures ecological criteria throughout the entire product chain. The certification focuses on animal welfare and guarantees that the working environment is safe, workers receive fair pay, there is no child labour or excessive working hours. This is done through regular inspections of the entire supply chain; from the farms to the washing, spinning and dyeing processes to bring you a yarn that is 100 % organic.
Using a biotechnical process called Lanazym, the wool is treated with enzymes, which significantly reduces its tendency to felt and pill. At the same time, all the natural properties of the fibre are retained, and knitted items made from it can be thrown in the washing machine without any worries.
Thanks to its internal spring-like structure, merino wool is a naturally resilient and stretchy fibre. Its inherent protective outer layer will prevent stains from being absorbed, and its anti-bacterial properties will destroy odours. Because of its self- cleaning properties, airing your merino garment out after wearing it will usually do the trick. However, when needed, merino wool can be washed in the washing machine using a wool cycle and cold water. It won ́t shrink and it won ́t wrinkle either!
Read more about caring for your woollen garments in our blog: Caring for Wool.