Jewel by Stacy Charles Fine Yarns
89% extrafine merino wool/6% polyamide/5% metallic fiber
Gauge: 24 sts over 4 inches on US #8 Sharp Metal Needles
The yarn has just a bit of bling!
Jewel is a loosely-plied yarn but the swatch appears like a smooth yarn! And while I used sharp metal needles, they didn’t split the yarn. The plies stuck together. My guess is that there was enough Merino that it played nicely.
Given the smaller gauge, I can see holding this along with a fingering or laceweight yarn, to add a little bling to an otherwise basic yarn.
Bon Bon by Sesia
44% cotton/36% baby alpaca/20% mulesing-free extrafine superwash merino wool
Gauge: 22 sts = 4″ on US #6 Sharp Metal Needles
Wow! The combo of these fibers make for a touchable (and soft) fabric.
Although it has almost half cotton, it didn’t knit like a cotton to me. Before getting the yarn, I thought the combo of cotton and alpaca was…weird. But after using it, I’d say it’s just gorgeous!
The halo makes me think it has some mohair in it – but it doesn’t.
Given the lack of stretch of both cotton and alpaca, I’d avoid anything that relied on ribbing or a a component that relies on strength (such as a buttonhole or maybe even shoulders).
But in either a stockinette piece or even lace – it could be gorgeous!
Dolce Tweed by Sesia
43% polyamide/35% silk/13% acrylic/9% mohair
Gauge: 18 sts = 4″ on US #8 Sharp Metal Needles
The loosely-plied nature of this yarn and the combination of fibers make it a gorgeous accent!
I loved seeing it on my needles! While I think of “tweed” as a more rustic style of yarn, the tweed in this yarn borders on the fancy!
With the variety of colors in the ball, it would more-easily pair with another yarn – allowing the Dolce Tweed to be the accent!
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