If you have never knit a project with a merino-cashmere-nylon blend, well, then you need to remedy that immediately. And if you have, you know the luxurious fabric it creates — and the urge to wear said project all the time. (True story from this summer: “I don’t care that it’s 90 degrees out, I will NOT take this Three Color Cowl off! Because, cashmere.”)
Ahem. Either way, get yourselves to fibre space™ immediately for the latest Crave Yarn base to drop (ha ha. pun!): Summit.
Crave Yarn dyer Amor (aka my frenemy) (OK only to my wallet) says it best on her website, that the combination produces a “delectably soft indulgence that is hard to part with.” Yes. Exactly that.
Summit, an 80% superwash ultrafine merino-10% cashmere-10% nylon blend ($37 for 375 yards), is a thicker fingering weight yarn, according to Amor, and it’s also very springy. The nylon, as usual, adds to its strength (which means soft, pretty and sturdy socks). The combination also creates an “elegant luster,” Amor says on her website. Which tempts us away from using it as mere (but completely indulgent) socks and turn instead to garments and accessories you can constantly glance at and admire. And pet. (Oh, only me?)
What’s next? Project inspiration, obviously!
I’ve absolutely suggested this as a pattern before and I’m doing it again. It’s such an affordable pattern and the construction process both makes you appreciate the designer and feel like a genius just knitting it. Bonus is the yardage needed for this pattern is actually quite economical. Good for splurge-worthy yarn like Summit!
This pattern by Melanie Berg was test knit out of Summit and the result is stunning:
I may be partial to blues anyway, but the color just comes alive in the textured sections here. The pattern calls for 905 to 1400 yards.
Literally Over the Top
For a tank option instead of a cardi, take a look at this pattern by Megan Williams. One of the projects was made out of Summit, shown below. And with finished bust sizes of 20 inches up to 56 inches, this will fit kids and adults, alike.
Shadow Play Cowl
Written for its yarn cousin, Crave Yarn Filigree, the Shadow Play Cowl is a gorgeous free pattern — and a perfect single skein project. Now, about deciding on which color to make…
Really can’t decide on just one color? Go for these colorwork mitts by M.K. Nance, which were featured in Twist Collective Winter 2013 and also come with a matching tam pattern. (One skein each should make both the tam and the mitts, per the pattern.) But I’m partial to the mitts, especially this version knit out of Summit: