You know how much I love Rowan Kidsilk Haze.
I love fluffy mohairy yarns.
I even like to use KSH double where in makes a thick DK type weight hairy, fuzzy garment.
But sometimes I don’t want quite that much fuzz. (This isn’t 1983 after all!)
Imagine my delight to see a pattern using one strand of KSH plus one strand of Rowan Fine Lace!
I know there are a few patterns out there doing this but this one was to die for – Captivate by Kim Hargreaves.
It’s in Kim’s new book, North, which I confess, I ordered as soon as I got the email telling me it was out – there are several patterns in here I like 😀
I had snaffled up 2 colours of Rowan Fine Lace in the sales in past years and wasn’t sure what to do with them. Surely given those Fine Lace and my extensive KSH stash I could make this?
The pattern uses Fine lace and KSH in colours quite close to each other – I decided to do the same – although it would be super fun to experiment with adding a white or black to a colour to create a more marled effect.
In the pattern – the fine lace is colour Ochre (which I have) plus Essence KSH – a buttery bright yellow (which I don’t have). I would have happily bought the KSH to make this but the bright yellow really would not suit my skin tone. Instead I had lovely mustardy/goldy shade of KSH (578, Swish)
Looking like this…
I did also toy with KSH in Meadow, a pastel jade, and Fine Lace in a pale leafy green but I didn’t like these as much – what do you think?
So, as you have guessed I went for the Ochre and Swish colourway and rejoiced in a little more destashing 🙂
The lace pattern is surprisingly straight forward , “work 2 st, yarn over, work 2 together”, on the knit and purl rows. It’s easy enough to slip into but a total bitch to sort out if you go wrong!
It looks like this close up…
After doing a little swatch, I’ve gone up 0.5 mm on the needle sizes (due to my usual tight knitting) and I’m whizzing along and enjoying myself.
Up to the armholes on the back already!
It’s making a gorgeous slightly fuzzy fabric – I’m sure I’m going to use this KSH/Fine Lace combo again….