Working with Wire Yarn
|Kusha Kusha scarf kit|
|Hoarfrost, back view|
I've had a scarf kit in my stash for at least three years. Every time I look through my "kit drawer" I pick it up and admire it all over again, saying to myself, "I have to make this scarf! It's so neat!"
It's a really simple design—you decrease from the cast on for about 4 inches and then switch needle sizes from larger to smaller so you get a tapered look. What makes this scarf so fabulous is the yarn combo. It's knitted with a laceweight merino held with a silk stainless steel yarn. That's right, stainless steel!
I know—when you think "stainless" you don't think "yarn." If you're like me, you think "refrigerator."
But it's really an amazing yarn; you really wouldn't know it's stainless steel unless you pinch it—it keeps the pinch. But it also straightens out beautifully. It's a unique yarn—and not at all scary when you're working with it—that you really have to try in order to appreciate.
Anyway, back to the project. Last week I got my copy of the fall issue of Interweave Knits and as I was flipping through it I noticed a design that used a stainless steel yarn. It's called the Hoarfrost Mobius, designed by Annie Modesitt. Annie is so creative with yarn and needles, I'm not surprised she decided to showcase this amazing fiber/metal blend. Annie used LB Collection Wool Stainless Steel; my yarn is Habu Silk Stainless Steel. They're really similar, though, in weight and feel.
The Hoarfrost Mobius mimics frozen dew on a sunny, winter morning. The piece can be worn as a hood or a scarf; the mobius design makes it infinitely wearable. Here are the details.
|Tips for Working with Wire Yarn
by Annie Modesitt
It's helpful to stop and pull down on
The yarn can break easily if
Finished Size 32" wide and 35½" long.
Yarn Lion Brand LB Collection Wool Stainless Steel (75% wool, 25% stainless steel; 273 yd [250 m]/14 g): #485-108 dusty blue, 2 cones.
Needles 5 (3.75 mm): 24" or 32" circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge (see Notes).
Notions Size F/5 (3.75 mm) crochet hook and waste yarn for provisional CO.
Gauge 30 sts = 4" in patt.
When I saw Hoarfrost in the magazine, I ran to my drawer and got out the scarf kit. My thought was that I would do the easy scarf to get used to knitting with the stainless yarn, then move on to Hoarfrost. I started the scarf and within a half hour I had about two inches on the needles! The yarn is surprisingly easy to knit with, and Annie's tips (at right) helped a lot.
The knitting is so smooth I don't really need a practice project, but I'm having fun with some mindless knitting so I'm going to finish it.
What do you know—inspired again by Interweave Knits!