Mohair Lace

  • Like knitting with a cloud

    I have fallen deeply in love with Mohair Lace held together with another strand of yarn. The resulting fabric is soft and light as air, and it has the most delicious color effect and halo.

    Some of my favorite patterns for using Mohair Lace in this way are:

    • My own Fiber Friends cowl
    Love Note sweater
    Elton cardigan

    I generally dye Mohair Lace specifically for kits, but when I have single skeins, they show up here.

    Mohair Lace ($30)
    72% kid mohair, 28% silk
    459 yards | 50g
    1-ply construction

    If you are new to knitting with Mohair Lace held with another yarn, read this article from Tin Can Knits about color layering with mohair.

    Yarn details and care instructions on the tabs (above).

  • Merino Lace is a single ply laceweight yarn.

    • Composed of 72% kid Mohair and 28% silk

    • Works well on its own and as a second strand

    • Needle size of US 4 to 9 (3.5 to 5.5mm)

  • Hand wash, air dry

    Smooth Sock should be hand washed with a gentle wool wash and cold-water rinse. Always air dry to keep your knitwear looking its best.

    Depending on the difference in chemistry between your local water and mine, there may be some color bleeding in the wash process. Washing and rinsing in cold water will help to minimize this. If you prefer to wash your socks in warm water, I recommend adding a color catcher to the wash. You can learn more about how water affects color in this article in the June 2018 issue of Spin Off magazine.

     

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Watercolor speckles, dyed by hand in San Francisco

I call my style of hand-dyeing watercolor speckles. Each skein has multiple layers of color that blend, shift and merge, with intentional wee tiny random dots of intense color. When dyeing, I focus on what the final fabric will look like. My goal is a fabric that may look semi-solid from a distance but, when viewed closely, shows a depth of subtle color differences.

There will be variations in color intensity and placement. I think that’s part of what makes each skein perfect – they’re not identical. If you will be using more than 1 skein in your project, alternate skeins to blend any color differences.


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