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Unimaginable drape and comfort in knit designs made with Unity yarn

 

Yesterday and the day before we looked at the structure and fiber content of Unity and Unity Beyond by Fibra Natura. This 4-fiber yarn is excellent for spring, summer, and fall knits because of the balance it has between wool and plant-based fibers. I’d like to share some designs that have been knit with this yarn.

 

Use only one skein of the multicolored Unity Beyond, and one skein of the solid Unity to make this sophisticated ripple scarf.
Use only one skein of the multicolored Unity Beyond, and one skein of the solid Unity to make this sophisticated ripple scarf.

 

A ripple or zigzag scarf is a really good project for a beginner knitter who wants to move past just the knit and purl stitches. This free design, the Coastline Scarf, uses only 2 skeins and there are yarn-overs for increasing and straightforward decreases to draw the columns of stitches into points.

 

A scarf worked along the long edge truly feels like it takes less time to knit. With only 2 skeins in this design, you could knit several for the holidays.
A scarf worked along the long edge truly feels like it takes less time to knit. With only 2 skeins in this design, you could knit several for the holidays.

 

By adding a third skein, and one with a bit more contrast, you can knit this elegant triangular shawl.

 

The aptly named "Flying V" shawl uses a starker contrasting solid Unity yarn to highlight the lace motif that break up the multi-colored tones of Unity Beyond.
The aptly named “Flying V” shawl uses a starker contrasting solid Unity yarn to highlight the lace motif that break up the multi-colored tones of Unity Beyond.

 

Even though this shawl could be knit with 3 skeins of Unity Beyond, I really like how the designer chose a darker solid blue called “Ink” to make eyelet rows that divide the wider bands of gradient stripes. This free design lives up to its name, the Flying V shawl.

 

From all angles, the Flying V shawl is a graceful wrap, perfect for chilly spring or fall evenings.
From all angles, the Flying V shawl is a graceful wrap, perfect for chilly spring or fall evenings.

 

In addition to these free designs in Unity and Unity Beyond, designers Amy Gunderson and Rachel Brockman have teamed together to write an e-booklet collection. You can obtain each design individually if you wish.

 

Pairing a solid blue with a Unity Beyond colorway in a lace motif, this Tee uses 4 skeins for the smallest size and 6 to 8 skeins for the plus sizes.
Pairing a solid blue with a Unity Beyond colorway in a lace motif, this Tee uses 4 skeins for the smallest size and 6 to 8 skeins for the plus sizes.

 

The Tanami Tee has a solid front and a multicolored back with a lace motif on the back and the top yoke.

 

The Sonoran tank top starts with a lacy motif worked around the bottom edge. Then the stitches are picked up and the body is knit from the bottom up.
The Sonoran tank top starts with a lacy motif worked around the bottom edge. Then the stitches are picked up and the body is knit from the bottom up.

 

This is another pattern that would be great for a beginner knitter to try. The construction of the Sonoran Tank isn’t standard and adds a bit of interest to the project, particularly at the beginning, when the bottom edging is worked in one long band. This pattern is part of a larger e-book collection, but can be purchased individually.

 

The Kalahari Wrap uses 8 skeins, 4 of a solid Unity color and 2 each of a Unity Beyond gradient self-striping version of this drapey yarn.
The Kalahari Wrap uses 8 skeins, 4 of a solid Unity color and 2 each of a Unity Beyond gradient self-striping version of this drapey yarn.

 

The Kalahari Wrap is one of the most beautiful renditions of a blend of diamond and zigzag motifs that remind me of the signature Missoni fabrics in dresses and sweaters. I really love the versatility of a wide wrap like this. The best thing is, with the linen and bamboo content, this wrap is sure to drape with drama, or feel soft and silky if bundled up as a scarf.

 

The Mojave Poncho is another design that celebrates the drape and texture of Unity and Unity Beyond.
The Mojave Poncho is another design that celebrates the drape and texture of Unity and Unity Beyond.

 

Designer Amy Gunderson truly interpreted the drape of this linen blend, Unity Beyond, in this design called Mojave Poncho. For the knitter who gets bored of stockinette stitch, this design has a solution as there is a lovely textured stitch that’s easy to knit, and it repeats often.

A couple of months ago, I went into some depth on using Ravelry.com to find patterns that enhance the yarn of your choice. I delved into the collection and found this lovely version of Pfeilraupe. Edmoejewel gave me permission to share her photo of the end result. Again, this pattern is a perfect interpretation of how Unity and Unity Beyond look good when drape is what you want.

 

Pfeilraupe is a free pattern on Ravelry that features a point that is woven in eyelets to secure the wrap on the wearer's shoulders.
Pfeilraupe is a free pattern on Ravelry that features a point that is woven in eyelets to secure the wrap on the wearer’s shoulders.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my foraging into patterns that look great knit with Unity and Unity Beyond. Tomorrow and Friday, I’ll share my recipe for knitting an over-the-head yoke and top-down tee-shirt.

 

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: 36% wool, 28% cotton, 18% linen and 18% bamboo, what yarn is this?

Go to part 4: Knitting a shrug-yoke top-down seamless tee shirt – part 1

About Charles Voth

I’m Charles Voth, a crochet and knitting professional. I enjoy reviewing yarns and tools to help others find materials that will help them be happy with what they stitch. I design garments and accessories and items for the home. I teach both crafts at yarn stores, in schools, and at craft shows and retail events. I am also a technical editor of both crochet and knitting patterns and illustrate the charts and diagrams that make pattern reading accessible to so many.

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