The last time I held yarn double to knit something was years ago, when I had some scrap worsted weight yarns that I wanted to use up by making a pet blanket. I really tried to make the colors match, but that was trickier than I thought. I didn’t like how the colors marled either. I tried to fight the twisting of the two yarns first and gave up. Then I tried to deliberately twist the yarns evenly, to no avail. I just didn’t like the look. So what led me to consider doing this again? Well, it was mainly being in love with qualities of certain yarns, but not finding a yarn that had all the qualities in one. I chose Lina and Whisper Lace by Fibra Natura.
What are the qualities I was looking for?
First, I wanted to have a worsted weight yarn instead of a DK or sport yarn because I wanted to knit a garment more quickly at a gauge of 18 to 20 sts per 4″. I wanted to use fibers that have a decent amount of drape, like linen and silk, but I also wanted the fiber to have a little bounce to it, so a little elasticity and memory, like that in wool. I wanted the garment to be great for the in-between seasons…when many days are cool, but you don’t want to feel bulky like a marshmallow and jumping from pulling layers on or off.
Worsted weight linen is very heavy and because it has no elasticity, it really grows with gravity, so I wanted to blend a lighter linen or linen blend yarn with something else. I found out about Fibra Natura Lina which is listed as a light-weight yarn, and it behaves somewhere between a Sport (2) and DK-weight (3) yarn. Then I wanted a really fine yarn that was wool or mohair-based for the elasticity and looking through other Fibra Natura yarns I found Whisper Lace.
Having the really fine lace weight that is multicolored mixed with the solid DK-weight is also a whole different experience than when I held two strands of worsted weight together. The marled or tweedy look from the mix of Whisper Lace and Lina really makes a difference. The main color of the Lina truly shines through, but the variations in the Whisper Lace make the fabric have more depth.
In this swatch, I started experimenting with different textures to put into the sweater I was designing. Stick around this week for different patterns and more information about each of these yarns and on Thursday and Friday, I’ll share the pattern for this sweater.