Find out a little more about these two yarns to help you decide on the perfect wool for your project.
|Peer Gynt||Double SUNDAY|
|Gauge on 3.5mm needles||22 stitches||21 stitches|
|Gauge on 4mm needles||20 stitches||20 stitches|
|Gauge when held with Tynn Silk Mohair on 5mm needles||16 stitches||17 stitches|
|Key properties||Warm, durable, gets softer with time, less pilling, not as soft as merino||Warm, very soft, more prone to pilling, can be worn directly against the skin|
|Perfect for||Jumpers, cardigans, felting, outerwear, vests, throws||Jumpers, cardigans, baby items, hats, can be worn against the skin|
|Colours||Wide range including tweeds||Wide range, but not as extensive as Peer Gynt, no tweeds|
|Price||Under $15||Over $17|
The gauges are very similar, if you are looking at a pattern that calls for either yarn, and uses 4mm needles you should be able to switch them out fairly easily. One key thing to note however is the difference in running length. Double SUNDAY is 17m longer per 50g than Peer Gynt. When considering smaller objects that might not make a huge difference, but if you are making a sweater or a blanket that requires 10 balls, the difference grows to 170m. So if you plan to knit a pattern that calls for Double Sunday and use Peer Gynt instead, bear in mind that you may need more balls, and visa versa.
In many cases, Peer Gynt and Double Sunday will be fairly interchangeable. Apart from the running length and the price, the other key consideration is who the garment is for. If you are knitting for a baby (under 2 years) or somebody who has sensitive skin, I would choose Double SUNDAY for extra softness and comfort. But most adults will be comfortable wearing Peer Gynt, and choosing Peer Gynt does open you up to a few new colours and fantastic durability. The extra structure that Peer Gynt has that gives it durability (but decreases softness)also makes it great for colourwork.