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Angora Lace, unique fingering weight yarn, perfect for Syrah Cowl

Angora Lace, first impression

This week I’m creating the Syrah Cowl in Wisdom Yarns Angora Lace! I’m so excited to share my experience of working with this luxurious yarn! Angora Lace is such a balanced and beautifully made yarn. My first impression was that it is soft and lofty like a Merino yarn, but it had the ‘halo’ of an alpaca or mohair, which from my experience is a difficult blend in which to find such balance!

 

Image of Wisdom Yarns, Angora Lace in two different colorways. On top is Spice Tree and on the bottom is Merlot.

 

Angora Lace is made up of 60% Merino, 30% manufactured fibers-nylon, and 10% Angora. It is a plied yarn, and contrary to the name, it is a fingering weight. This yarn will be so enjoyable and comfortable to knit with! I’ll be posting a series of posts in which I want to take you on my knitting journey, explaining the decisions I’ve made, and my thought process along the way!

 

Image of what Angora Lace in the colorway Merlot looks like worked up.

 

Whenever someone asks why I knit, or what I find enjoyable about it, I explain it is like an adventure for me! Every project is a different experience, and I’m along for the ride! Now you might be asking, why I say, “I’m along for the ride”, well let me explain! When knitting, I find that the yarn defines every part of the knitting experience. It tells me what pattern to work, what needles to use, and what techniques to incorporate!

 

Image of what Angora Lace in the colorway Spice Tree looks like when knitted.

 

 

Choosing pattern to knit

Sometimes, I find myself working patterns that are not my style or in my comfort zone just because of the yarn I chose. For example, with the Angora Lace, the first thing I noticed that it’s a high twist, plied yarn. The more I knit the more I learn that every tiny detail about the yarn is important. For example, the more twist or greater number of plies… the greater the stitch definition it will have when knit up. Therefore, using Angora Lace, I would knit patterns that incorporate intricate stitches and patterns that need a greater stitch definition to fully capture the essence of the design intended by the designer.

That’s why I chose to knit the Syrah Cowl. It incorporates ribbing, but the body of the cowl is fully cabled! This yarn will be perfect for cables, and since it’s a high twist, plied yarn, it will make each cable stand out perfectly! I chose to knit two cowls in different colorways. One is using Spice Tree which is a variegated yarn, with reds, pinks and brown hues. The other is using Merlot which is the color that designers used on the pattern page. I look forward to working with this yarn and bringing you along on the adventure with me!

Join me tomorrow, as we swatch for gauge and start working the pattern!

 

Syrah Cowl, Click to download PDF Pattern

 

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: Syrah Cowl, swatching for gauge and casting on

About Luke Gilligan

Luke is a longtime knitter and fiber enthusiast, with over 10 years enjoying knitting hats, socks and other accessories. He has been a pattern designer for a number of years focusing on hats and other accessories and completed the Learn-Build-Grow Program (Learn to Tech Edit) by Joeli Kelly. He offers basic and advanced technical editing services. As a young entrepreneur, he founded a nonprofit organization in 2016, called Huggable Happiness and ran a clothing company called Gilligan Corporation.

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