Yarn: Royal Bamboo by Plymouth.
specs: 100% Bamboo
50 g = 93 yds
5 st = 1"
calls for a US 8 needle....
I swatched this yarn in the store on an 8, dropped down to a 7, dropped to a 6...
and am finally knitting the Calla pattern on 5's and it is loooking good.
On an 8, I looked like I didn't know how to knit, the stitches were so uneven and loose and all over the place. I don't think it was me, it was an incorrect call on the ball band on the part of the manuf. ( I say this because typically I get gauge with the called for needle.)
I love the sheen of this yarn. I bought it in a bright coral color, and in this very pale yellow. (got the yellow on sale, not so lucky with the coral). Whereas most bamboos, like Classic Elite BamBoo or SWT Bamboo are delustered, this yarn looks like a highly mercerized cotton. Lovely lustre, high sheen.
Stitch definition is great.
Drape is fluid, fabric is dense as only bamboo seems to be able to be.
The spin and ply on this yarn reminds me of the European , multi-ply cottons, as in Zodiac by Karabella or Samoa by Zitron.
knitting with it:
it will have a tendency to split - no straying attention to the latest new gekko commercial while knitting with this stuff.
And it is as unforgiving as any yarn I've ever knit with.
Witness the unravelled mess below. I made a mistake on one of the yarn-over ribs, tried to drop a stitch back to that point and fix it - made a bigger mess than before, ended up with the mess you see on the floor.
Still, it is a lovely yarn and I'm happy to own it and knit with it.
But beware, it is not for those who count on the pattern to hide a mistake or two. those mistakes will glare at you like a zit on prom night.