This week we’ve looked at the virtues and beauty of Bella Cash yarn and different ways to knit it enhances its beauty. Yesterday we looked at using 3 colors together. Today, we’ll stick with one color, with a focus on knitting textured patterns with this lovely wool-nylon-cashmere blend.
In this swatch, you can see that I’ve used some garter stitch, some ribbing, some lace stitches and some picots to test Bella Cash’s ability to make texture pop. It doesn’t disappoint.
This shawl is still a design in progress. I haven’t got it looking quite the way I’d like, but I can use this piece to show how Bella Cash does so well with texture. The flame-like motifs or the ones that remind me of the peaks of meringue on a lemon pie, or a swirl of soft-serve ice cream are made with a ribbing that has twisted knit stitches on one side and twisted purl stitches on the return rows. Some yarns that are worked in a twisted rib become taut and stiff. Not Bella Cash: it’s still as soft as ever, yet structurally, it holds up quite well.
The garter stitch sections of this swatch are super cushiony, very squooshy. It’s so hard not to make up adjectives that describe how soft these garter stitch triangles are. The stitches are even, and the amount of twist in this yarn really makes it easy to get even tension.
The yarn-over eyelets and the open stitches that aren’t twisted also hold their own in this yarn. They frame the columns of twisted stitches nicely and, when necessary, close up to bring the flame motifs to a point.
As a crocheter, I find knitting picot tips so much more work than crocheting them, but I try not to shy away from a challenge, so here, too, I dug in all the way. I worked some purl-stitch picots along the edge of this swatch and feel a little ho-hum about them. I think I’m going to need to find a Pinterest board that just has picot edgings!
Thanks for joining me this week as we looked at Bella Cash yarn, and how to substitute it for either an inferior or too pricey yarn, how not to knit Brioche, how to knit 1 below, and how Bella Cash beautifully shows off textured stitches.
This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: What happens when you knit in the stitch below?