First, just because a yarn feels good, doesn’t necessarily mean it will knit up into a serviceable garment. Let me relate a personal story as an example.
I fell in love with the Old Town Cardigan pattern by Carol Sunday on Ravelry. Previously, I’d purchased yarn from (not going to name the company) and it was enough to knit the longer version with the long sleeves.
It knit up beautifully and the yarn was heavenly to work with. When I wore it I received many compliments. I was a happy knitter, but…
…even after the first time wearing that sweater it started pilling—probably more like shedding because the fibers came off in clumps. I’m still pondering what I can do to remove those clumps without ruining the fabric.
Lots of hours went into making that garment and to have it folded in a drawer and not wearable makes me more than sad.
In a previous post “Mistakes Are Our Friends” I talked about the lessons learned from those mistakes. I think the lesson learned from knitting that sweater was to first buy only one skein. Knit a good-sized swatch and put it through the rigors of wear it would be subjected to before deciding to knit something with it.