By  on June 26, 2007

MILAN — Sober, superfine and sophisticated: These are the key words used by Italian yarn manufacturers to describe the trends that will be on display at Pitti Filati next week.

The winter 2009 yarns mark a sea change from the ultrashiny, slick viscose fibers of summer 2008. Novelty specialists will present gossamer-like fine, soft and densely dyed wool, cashmere and alpaca blends for knitting on machines with fine gauges.

For the color palette, earthy tones of hazelnut brown, sage green, wine and pale gray are juxtaposed against orange, yellow and violet.

Deviations on fine merino wool yarns include blends with Tactel for texture and nylon for a rubber-like hand. The trend for glossy yarns with sparkle is more understated, with printed nylon mixed with merino wool, and silk yarns interlaced with shiny polyester fibers in gold, silver and copper.

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