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Join Emma Friedlander-Collins for a look at Rowan Kidsilk Haze and yarn weights…

Rowan Kidsilk Haze

As an epically lazy crafter, my usual MO is to head straight for the arans and chunky yarns.  Hang on, let’s rewind and bring it back to basics for a minute; if you don’t know your arans from your elbow, don’t worry, I didn’t for years.  I’d read reviews about sock weights and DK and it may as well have been written in hieroglyphs.

So first, here is ‘Emma’s Unscientific Guide to Yarn Weight’s’ to give you an idea of what it all means:

Lace Weight –  or 2ply, super fine, fiddly and slightly terrifying thin yarn.

Sock or Fingering Weight – Still thin, but could be worked up on a 3.5mm hook which is less sweat inducing.

Sport – I still have no idea about this one. (A note from the editor: it’s between 4ply/fingering and DK!)

DK – this stands for Double Knit, and Google has just informed me it’s also called Light Worsted, so I’ve learned something too.  This is the sit in the middle, easy to use, 4mm hook, that can be found in a plethora of colours and economy ranges, and in my experience is brilliant for anything from amigurumis to blankets.  Not frightening.

Worsted – in between DK and aran, nice and fine on a 4.5mm hook!

Aran – a bit thicker than DK, works up nice and quick, can go up to a 6mm hook but still manages to keep a refined look inspite of being a bit thicker.  May be my best friend.

Chunky – aka Bulky, thick and squidgy.  Oversize fun.

Super Chunky/Bulky – we’re talking big fat plumpy and jersey yarns here, strong wrists required.

Jumbo – You’ll use a skein up in less than a second.

Now, where were we?  Oh yes, me being lazy.  As the weather starts to warm up in the UK, my super chunky, blanket shawl is becoming far too hot, but the chill is definitely still in the air.  I wanted to make something that would be lighter, but still warm, this means stepping away from those quick-to-work-up  arans and looking at something finer.  Say hello to Rowan Kidsilk Haze.  Not only is it delicate and fine, but it has a very beautiful, halo of mohair that makes it look all soft and fluffy.  This makes it awkward if you want to rip your work back, as the fluffy bits get tangled, but if you plan carefully and take your time, it makes for a very beautiful, enticing material.

Rowan Kidsilk Haze

I’ve decided to use it, to give a bit of filet crochet a go, using a 4mm hook – when coupled with a yarn like this, it gives an open stitch, that allows you to see the definition, but also prevents the material from becoming too thick and heavy (not something we want in a light, spring shawl).  It appeals to the lazy me, as the bigger hook helps things work up a bit more quickly, and the mix of mohair and silk make it a pleasure to hold.

Rowan Kidsilk Haze

And, as ever, although I started off with some pretty, floral designs, I was over taken with the desire to do something a bit subversive.  I love the idea of something made in a pretty yarn, that is light and flowing, but when you look closely is a bit of a surprise.  Obviously, I’m going with a candy skull instead.

Rowan Kidsilk Haze

An extra note from Merion:

Rowan Kidsilk Haze is a gloriously versatile yarn – don’t be frightened to use it for all kinds of crochet – modern garments and traditional crochet techniques too! Rowan’s Chantal scarf, below, illustrates just how fabulously well it works in a humble granny square format (with or without a gloriously gothic candlelabra!)

Chantal by Rowan

Also look at the Glamour Wrap by Agrarian Artisan, the Moebius Shawl by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas for more Kidsilk Haze inspiration!

Fancy trying Rowan Kidsilk Haze? We’d love to see what you create! Share it with us in the Community!


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