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August 11, 2017
Mohair yarn is such lovely, fluffy, stuff. Many knitters are drawn to it like moths to a fuzzy flame, and I'm happy to say I'm one of them.
And right now there are some great new fluffy yarns around.
Louisa Harding has just adding her growing Amitola family with Amitola Brushed, which knits to a sport/ light DK tension.
Like the rest of the Amitola range, it's got a beautiful ombre effect, fading from one colour to the next to create a stunning stripey look.
Which is your favourite?
There are three beautiful accessory patterns to go with it - two hats, and a long cowl.
I'm planning to make the cowl as I've been lucky enough to be sent a ball in the zingy Tango colourway to try out, so I'll report back soon.
If you prefer single colour yarns, then Gigi, the new chunky mohair yarn from Conway + Bliss, should be right up your street.
It comes in 12 beautiful colours, with brilliant names like Knicker Pink (saucy!) and Purple Rain. Rock on!
This heart top is just fabulous...
...but I really like the idea of making a super simple sweater in it - the kind you wear to death every winter. Luckily, C+B have thought of that too.
For a more classic look, Debbie Bliss has just released two new patterns for her ever-popular laceweight Angel yarn. This delicate top with a fern lace motif is so elegant and would make a perfect cosy layer at a special outdoor event once the evening chill sets in.
Working with mohair yarn can be a little challenging if you've not used it before, as it can be tricky to see the individual stitches through that lovely haze!
To get around this, use lockable stitch markers to divide pattern repeats up, or to mark where you last made an increase or decrease.
If you find the stitches 'stick' to the needles - although not everyone seems to experience this problem - then try metal ones, which tend to be more slippery.
You may also prefer to use circular needles, even if working back and forth in rows, as it means the yarn will only be at tension over the first 15cm or so of the needle, before 'relaxing' over the thinner connecting cable, making it easier to move your stitches around.
Finally, if you realise you've made a blunder and need to rip back your work, pop it in a carrier bag and stick it in the freezer for 20 minutes or so. Cooling the mohair down reduces it inclination to stick to itself, meaning you can unravel those pesky stitches without getting in a tangle!
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