I just finished a cashmere lace scarf with some lace weight from an "Odds'n Ends" lot off of ebay. It turned out great! It bloomed wonderfully with a wash of Joy dishwashing liquid and a rinse with Finese hair conditioner. (Unfortunately, I don't have a digital camera yet, so I can't post a picture). Here is the thing: I haven't done cashmere lace before (I'm a machine knitter who has worked mostly with acrylic yarn), and it took a while to get it blocked nicely. This scarf it going to the local Red Cross for a fund raising auction, and I want to include some "care" instructions. Is dry cleaning a better recommendation than "hand wash"? Will the typical dry cleaners return it looking like it originally did?
I just swatched this yarn. I wasn't sure how the marl would turn out, but it is beautiful. Just thought you might like to know how this yarn knits up. I used #3 addie turbo needles and get six stitches to the inch. I have three cones and plan to make a sweater.
I just finished hand knitting this sweater in fingering weight. This is a T & D yarn and holds the rib so well. There are three strands twisted together--black, grey, and a light brown or tan I love the way the colour works in this sweater.
I knit this jacket using Richard's 100% cashmere aran weight. I think the yarn was called "Pink Twist". The design was adapted from a Debbie Bliss pattern and I used 5mm needles. The yarn was so soft and dreamy to use it just slid through my fingers and was so smooth and soft that I could not put the project down. This was my first attempt at using Richard's cashmere and I kept thinking I would run out of yarn but in the end I had loads left over. It weighs 625 grams. I wore it for months before I washed it. It looks just the same after washing but feels even softer.
This is a detail view of a lace scarf I made from 4-ply cashmere that I had hand painted first. It was a pretty simple pattern, but I really like the way it came out. I've had lots of fun handpainting my Colourmart purchases - you can see some other examples here: http://fromhelenshands.etsy.com
I finally finished this shawl using 50% Cashmere 50% cotton lace weight in natural. I knit this using US4 bamboo needles. The pattern is from FiberTrends and is very simple to follow and the yarn was lovely to knit with (as usual). This project was knitted off the cone, then washed with Dawn detergent and rinsed. In retrospect, I probably should have used US3, but I do like the airy-ness of it. And it's super light. It took maybe 1/3 or less of a cone. I'll add another pic of just the lace pattern
Aran sweater using 4 strands of 4ply 100% cashmere
Jeudi 15 Février 2007 11:11:21
The sweater was knitted using four strands of Rosehip 100% cashmere 4 ply which I wound myself.
Next time I'll definitely get Richard to do it! Not only does it take time, but I found it hard to keep all four stands evenly tensioned when winding, I know Richard would do a better job.
It was lovely to knit and the stitch definition remains clear after washing.
The pattern was Sirdar Aran 8322, size 50 inches, using 4mm and 5mm needles. The finished weight after washing is 941 gms.
Incredibly soft and warm.
Designing with ColourMart yarn
Lundi 12 Février 2007 04:28:05
I've been experimenting with trying to design some fingerless mitts using a cone of the dk wt cashmere/merino yarn that Richard had twisted up from singles. I used the Lilac Moon color and 3.0mm dpns. I didn't knit a gauge swatch per se, just a couple of attempts that didn't work, but the mitt pictured has 20 sts/3' and 5 lace repeats or 20 rows/2" unblocked. I'm a newbie at designing but am quite pleased with these Lacy Rib Fingerless mitts. There are a few more pictures and rambliings on my blog at www.beadntat.blogspot.com
Just a few observations about the cashmere/merino dk yarn... I prewashed the yarn for this project because it was so skinny on the cone I didn't think I could make good decisions about what I was designing. Even after the initial washing the yarn seemed a bit thin for a dk wt. to my eye--more like a sport weight in the US, but definitely fatter than any of the sock yarns in my stash. The yarn may fluff more when I was it a second time as I was fairly gentle with it (intimidated by prewashing, actually) the first time in the sink. Also, I chose this yarn specifically for it's merino content in the hopes that it would have more spring or give in the fiber-- useful for a nice fit around the hand, esp. after repeated wearings. Perhaps there was a bit more stretch than 100% cashmere but if so, it was minimal. My take on this is that the design would likely work just as well with 100% cashmere or a cash/silk blend or possibly even baby alpaca, but I'll have to experiment some more. The bottom line for me though, was this yarn was very lovely to knit with and made a very soft, yummy item to wear. My biggest adjustment for the lack of stretch was to knit with a loose hand -- a necessary thing to make the increases and decreases easier to knit. I was very pleased with my yarn choice as well as my design
aka Kristina in Knoxville, TN, USA
This swatch is knit with the 1/14 "weaving" singles, color G526, on a Brother/Knitking standard gauge machine, using tension 4. Gauge is 12 stitches/inch. I like how this tuck stitch gives the knitting a lacy appearance, and think this combination would be great for baby items.
This swatch uses 1/14 "weaving" singles knitted on a Brother/Knitking standard gauge machine, tension 4. Gauge is 12 stitches/inch. This uses color G526 and H396 and is very soft but not as fuzzy as the "knitting" cashmere, which helps the color pattern stand out well. For socks or gloves I would suggest a tighter gauge - this tension would be good for a sweater or scarf.
Using TWO strands of 2/20 heavy lace weight on a Brother/Knitking standard gauge machine, tension 8. Gauge is 7 1/2 stitches and 10 rows to the inch. Color is a chestnut/dark brown marl with color number g405/h600. This yarn is less fuzzy than some of the cashmere I've used but I think this would make a great, hard-wearing yet soft sweater for a man or a woman.
The yarn on top is washed, the yarn below is unwashed. You can see the difference in the size and look of the yarn. This yarn will be used to make the Shetland Garden Faroese Shawl by Sivia Harding. Thank you Richard
These pine tree branch socks were made with 2 strands of the Hinchcliffe 4 ply cashmere on size 0 double pointed needles with a gauge of 9 stitches per inch. I added elastic thread along the back of the 1 x1 ribbing and reinforced short row heel and toe with woolly nylon. Total weight of yarn used is 1.6 oz. These are extra soft and thin, a good dress sock for trousers. If they weren't flattened on the scanner, you could see when stretched open the panel between the yarn overs looks like interlocking pine branches.
These creeping vines socks are made from 4 strands of cashmere/cotton. I used size 2 double pointed needles and my gauge was 8 stitches per inch. Total weight of yarn used for these socks is 2.4 oz. Unfortunately, being flattened on the scanner you can't really see the lovely vine pattern opened up on the leg of this sock when worn. I added elastic thread along the back of the 1 x 1 ribbing.