08 Dec New Yarns and What To Do With Them
While you might be thinking about fast, giftable projects right now (and don’t worry, we are too!), a deep New England winter is the perfect time to curl up and start a knitting project that’s a little more intricate. Brilliant color, texture, and sparkle don’t hurt either.
We’ve added 5 gorgeous new yarns that are fingering weight or lighter, but don’t let their size fool you; these yarns pack a punch!
COAST, a wool-cotton blend from Danish yarn company Holst Garn, is a delicate, light fingering yarn. Surprisingly, it’s machine washable, and you’ll want to wash your swatch and final project: this already-soft yarn blooms and softens beautifully.
What to use it for: We’ve got it in 18 gorgeous shades in low-commitment 25 gram balls, so this yarn is perfect for multi-color projects. Double it for a true fingering weight, or browse Ravelry for pattern ideas.
SENSAI is a laceweight mohair and silk. We love the glowy colors and, of course, mohair’s trademark halo.
What to use it for: Knit alone, make light-as-air lace, or hold it with another yarn to impart a kitten-soft fuzz to any project.
KINU is a fingering weight 100% silk. It’s rustic and tweedy, but still super soft. Even though it looks very different from the silk in Sensai, these yarns compliment each other perfectly.
What to use it for: Silk has amazing drape and can be surprisingly warm. Knit a shawl or not-too-fitted sweater, or knit it together it with Sensai to make light but warm accessories.
KIN GIN, a rayon and polyester laceweight, is New Years Eve in yarn form. It’s shiny and sparkly and just plain fun.
What to use it for: Hold it with the yarn your pattern calls for to add sparkle to any project your heart desires.
TETSU is a wonderfully sculptural silk and stainless steel blend. Yep, stainless steel!
What to use it for: Alone or held with another yarn, Tetsu will add a mold-able stiffness to your projects. It’s particularly striking with scarves like the Kusha Kusha scarf. Since it has so much body, you can knit it on big needles for a deconstructed look, like the Sea Tangles sweater.