March 26th, 2013 by Kendra | Posted in General News, New arrivals at Halcyon Yarn |
What does springtime mean in a yarn shop? New yarns of course. The first to hit the shelves is [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] . This variegated multi-season yarn is a blend of 60% cotton, 15% bamboo viscose, 15% linen, 10% silk. The silk and bamboo give it a slight bit of sheen, while the linen provides just enough body to help garments and accessories keep their shape. Knitting with Koala is pure pleasure. The yarn glides effortlessly on the needles and never splits. The colors are distributed nicely, with no pooling when you knit. The colors look particularly beautiful elongated in a woven warp.
The recommend knitting gauge is 5.25 stitches per inch on size 6 needles, but we’ve done some sampling and found nice drape in gauges ranging from 4.5 to 6 stitches per inch. Gwynn is currently knitting Knitbot Spring Ribbed Cardigan, while Beth is making a baby kimono. They both love it! If you’d like to try Koala, consider knitting Knitbot Autumnal Cardigan, Knitbot Lightweight Pullover, Knitbot Sycamore Vest, Neck Down Swing Cardigan By Knitting Pure and Simple, Tank Top by Knitting Pure and Simple, Neck Down V Neck Cardigan with Tie by Knitting Pure and Simple, Girl's One Button Cardigan by Knitting Pure and Simple, Ruffled Scarf or Shawl, [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] .
Don’t forget to give Koala a try in your weaving. Plan on a tabby sett of 8-10 epi and 12-15 for twill. Scarves are perfect projects for experimenting. I just put a 3 yd warp of Koala on my rigid heddle sett at 10 epi for 5″ (50 total ends). I love the look of using a thicker warp and finer weft found in the [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] . It really showcases the colors in the warp. Using that pattern as my inspiration, I decided to use JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 Yarn for the weft. I found an average of 13 ppi creates a stable fabric with just enough drape. How would you use Koala in your weaving? Placemats? Tablerunners?
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