Get Twiggy with It: Why Meghan Loves Shibui Yarns
I’ve been a lover of Shibui’s yarns for many years; the serene call of Silk Cloud introduced me to the brand, and I’ve either designed or knit with nearly every yarn in its arsenal. Everything about Shibui’s yarn appeals to the modern knitter—it’s sleek, sophisticated, cultivated, and precise. Not only are its fibers beautiful, but its color palettes are gorgeous as well. Several years ago, Shibui introduced its mixology method, which creates rich and alluring color palettes; the colors coordinate across its yarn lines, allowing knitters and designers to easily combine different bases to create one-of-a-kind fabrics.
What I’ve always loved about Shibui is its range; for a small luxury brand, it has a yarn for every knitter and every season—especially its summer yarns. For someone who isn’t a “summer knitter,” I’ve made several projects in Shibui’s linen and plant fiber blend yarns. And I love one yarn in particular: Twig, a tweed-like sportweight blend of 46% linen, 42% recycled silk, and 12% wool with a speckled blend that satisfies my tweed addiction without adding unnecessary warmth in summer garments and accessories. It’s a durable yarn, but when washed and blocked it blooms slightly and introduces an elegant drape to the fabric. It’s a perfect summer yarn, which is why I selected it for designs in both knit.wear Spring/Summer 2017 AND Interweave Knits Summer 2017.
Hippolyta’s Cover-up by Lena Zharichenko in Interweave Knits Summer 2017 uses Shibui’s Twig in the bright and beautiful Poppy colorway. Sheer, playful, and practical, this swimsuit cover-up is made for long days at the beach or by the pool. The breathable and resilient silk and linen fibers in Twig give this whimsical wrap drape and grace. Worked in a rectangle with a simple drop-stitch technique, this wrap will fly off your needles in time for the first day of summer.
The Rockport Vest by Allison Jane in knit.wear Spring/Summer 2017 uses the more subdued but equally beautiful Fjord colorway. This textured, drapey vest is a stylish layering piece that adds elegance without adding warmth. The vest is made in one piece and features a captivating textured cable pattern throughout.
But if you’re in the mood for a super-simple project and gorgeous summer yarn, I would suggest heading to www.interweave.com and checking out Shibui’s range of beautiful summer yarns, including Reed, Lunar, and yes, Twig! Purchasing any Shibui yarn will get you a free Shibui pattern featuring Reed, Lunar, or Twig – a great introduction to a thoughtful line of yarn.
Editor, Interweave Knits, & knit.wear