Yarn Cocktails August 1, 2013 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

Do you like cocktails? There is something about that mix of different ingredients that come together to make the perfect drink, don’t you think? Sometimes it is surprising what those ingredients are, and that goes for yarns, too.

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You might wonder where I am going with this. Well, I have been a fan of yarn cocktails of late, meaning using two different yarns at the same time. There are various reasons why one should/could do that, I for one cannot stop using a fuzzy yarn like Rowan Kidsilk Haze, Shibui Silk Cloud, SweetGeorgia Silk Mist or even Filatura Di Crosa Superior together with anything I can think of. Any of these softens the knitted fabric in a way I cannot describe, you have to feel it. No wonder, they all contain either kid mohair (the softest mohair) or cashmere with a hefty serving of silk.
We are not the only ones who think along that line. Shibui,for example, has a whole series of patterns in which they strand different yarns together, with sometimes unexpected yet stunning results. It is also a way to get the weight of yarn you need if you cannot find what you were looking for.
A chunky yarn is easily substituted by a worsted weight stranded with a mohair blend. If you mix a fingering with one of the mohairs you”ll easily be able to knit any gauge from 16-20 stitches. Imagine you are looking for a fingering weight but are in love with a particular lace weight – well, double up the lace weight and you have a yarn fit for your project. The possibilities are nearly endless – though you have to approach it with an open mind and ready to try.
Knitting with two strands of yarn is no more difficult than using just one, however you have to make sure you work both strands all the time. And that is the small drawback I can think of right now.
Next time you pick a project and cannot find the perfect yarn – try a yarn cocktail instead!
Happy Knitting, as ever!
– Mona