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The River Rib Toque in Ombra yarn

Yesterday I talked about Luce yarn and how soft and luxurious it is. The next chapter in my week-long review of Red Heart An Italian Story premium collection yarn is Ombra.

Ombra, which means ‘shadow’ in Italian, is a self-striping yarn with an almost kettle-dyed look. It’s one of four yarns in the Red Heart An Italian Story premium line.

In this post, I get to play with Ombra, a 47% wool, 47% acrylic, and 6% nylon yarn. This style of yarn ball is commonly referred to as a "cake."
In this post, I get to play with Ombra, a 47% wool, 47% acrylic, and 6% nylon yarn. This style of yarn ball is commonly referred to as a “cake.”

Ombra is an Aran weight yarn with a recommended tension of 18 stitches to 4″ [10cm] using size 9 [5.5mm] needles.

It looks like an i-cord yarn, but when taken apart, it has more of a “double chain” structure.

In this view of the top of the "cake," you can see the subtle shading of the yarn. The strands underneath shows the detail of the strands.
In this view of the top of the “cake,” you can see the subtle shading of the yarn. The strands underneath shows the detail of the strands.

Ombra comes in 7 other colors: Azurro, a monochromatic mixture of rich turquoises and teals, Fiamma, a pretty, bright mixture of oranges and pinks, Mare, deep rich blues that range from the blue of the ocean on a bright summer’s day to a deep summer’s night. Multi is a real mix of colors and Viola contains great, rich shades of red and bright and deep purples. Finally, Tempo and Terra contains neutral shades: grays for Tempo and beiges, tan, beige, and white for Terra.

There are four free patterns for Ombra on the Red Heart site. The Milan Throw showcases  Tempo, and the Palermo Scarf shows how pretty the Fiamma colorway is. The Vista Shawl is photographed in Mare and the Toscana Cardigan is a cozy cardigan shown in Terra that would be great to take the chill of a Tuscan evening!

My swatch knit up in the Sorbetto colorway
My swatch knit up in the Sorbetto colorway

But, I wanted to knit a hat, and I knew I had the perfect pattern: the River Rib Toque. I designed the River Rib Toque as the Chapeau Moncton over a decade ago. The pattern was published in A Needle Pulling Thread magazine in the winter of 2010. I had only ever made it in natural tones, and I was excited to see how it would look in Ombra in Sorbetto colorway.

A variation of the River Rib Toque knit up in Sorbetto colorway
A variation of the River Rib Toque knit up in Sorbetto colorway

The top of the River Rib Toque knit up in Sorbetto colorway
The top of the River Rib Toque knit up in Sorbetto colorway

I did modify my pink version from the original pattern slightly: I ended at a round 16, and worked only the first 9 rounds in the next section. Then, I worked Rounds 17, 18, and rounds 22 through 24 before finishing this piece.

In the last post of An Italian Story, I’ll look at Vera, a rich blend of 70% wool and 30% alpaca. This story is bound to have a happy ending!

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: Luce yarn from Red Heart – An Italian Story continues

About Cynthia MacDougall

Cynthia MacDougall is a multi-discipline craft artist who teaches knitting. She has taught at venues from Kingston, Ontario to Olds, Alberta. A designer and technical writer since the mid-1990s, Cynthia is currently a contributor and knitting editor for A Needle Pulling Thread and KNITmuch magazines. She is also the owner of Canadian Guild of Knitters which she operates for the love of Knit!

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