Having a swatch of the yarn knitted with the recommeded needle size and to guage if given really helps.
So begins what will be a weekly or bi-weekly feature on my blog. I will select a yarn, knit a swatch and select an appropriate pattern giving you details about the yarn, needle used, gauge and process I used to select the pattern. Then will put together a kit pairing the yarn and pattern. Hope you find this helpful.
Yarn - Habu Kasuri Silk Tweed A-164
This is a 1 ply / 5 wpi
heavy lace to light fingering weight
100% silk yarn Hand Dyed
Recommended needle size US2-4 / 2.75mm-3.5mm
So off I went to knit a swatch ...
This has a nice soft hand with a very organic, nubby look. Very lovely to knit with a cotton like feel.
I tend to knit a little tight and usually have to go up a needle size to get gauge so for this I split the difference on recommended size and selected a US3. Very happy with the stitch definition and drape with this size and gauge.
Needles US 3 - I used Colonial Rosewood
Gauge 6.5 stitches p/inch and 9.5 rows p/inch
Ostrich Plumes Stole and Scarf by Anne Hanson of Knitspot Fiber Lounge
I knew when I first saw the colors of this yarn that it called for a bird inspired pattern.
Love Anne's designs and this color just called to be an ostrich. The others could be a parrot, toucan, bluebird, dove or any other feathered friend.
Here's the closeup
The short color runs show nicely in this pattern.
I am offering the Ostrich Plume Kit in the stole or scarf sizes with your choice of the 5 colors available.
I really enjoyed putting this together and hope to make this a weekly feature or at the least bi-weekly so keep checking back.
On Friday there will be a sneak peek of the Seasons of Habu Summer project.
and as always
Enjoy your knitting!