by Darlene Joyce
This fall, Skacel introduced Kenzie to their every expanding Hikoo yarn line. Jodi from Skacel describes Kenzie on Ravelry.com. ”Kenzie just may be the perfect tweed. New Zealand merino, angora and alpaca lend softness and body, nylon lends strength and silk noils contribute delicate texture and color accents. The smooth, round 3-ply yarn knits into a cohesive fabric that blooms when wet blocked. The angora haze is just fuzzy enough to lend a cozy feel, but not so fuzzy that it will obscure any stitch patterning”.
Kenzie knits at 5 sts=1″ on a size 6 or 7 needle. It is listed as a worsted weight yarn; but with 160 yards/50 grams, it is much lighter than most yarns we would consider “worsted weight”. Personally, I found the yarn to be a joy to knit up. During the October Progressive KAL by Michelle Hunter (knitpurlhunter.com), I chose four coordinating colors and began my ”Colormatic Cowl”. I am enjoying the simple slip stitch patterns.
Although a little more challenging, you might want to try the Pine Bough Cowl by Dianna Walla. June just finished knitting her Pine Bough Cowl (left). This infinity cowl is made using fair isle technique and knitting a tube on a 16″ circular that is seamed together with Kitchener stitch. You can find the free pattern on Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pine-bough-cowl.
I would love to see this yarn used in some more crochet patterns. I think it is a perfect match for crochet because it is light and airy. How about a lacy shawl or a winter sweater? I don’t think that you will be disappointed.
Happy knitting/crocheting! Darlene