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  • A look at some of the exciting new yarns on the market
    From "Knitty Gritty"
    episode DKNG-710


    Propelled by a severe wool allergy and a desire to knit from patterns intended to be used with wool yarn, Amy Singer, the editor of the online magazine knitty.com, published No Sheep For You, a manual of nonwool fibers. In this episode of Knitty Gritty she introduces viewers to the wonderful world of alternative fibers.

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    Soy yarn
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    Corn yarn
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    Milk protein yarn
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    Wood fiber yarn
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    Seaweed yarn
    Manufactured Natural Fibers

    Amy Singer introduces the family of manufactured natural fibers, plant products including soy, corn, milk proteins, wood and seaweed that have been processed to create fibers.

    Needle note: A good rule of thumb is to use a sticky needle with a smooth fiber and vice versa.

    Scarf

    Materials:

    worsted-weight yarn (3 skeins of Tilli Tomas Simply Heaven in #160 [Glazed Ginger])
    knitting needles, US size 9 (5.5 mm) (or size needed to obtain gauge)
    tapestry needle.

    Finished size: about 6" (15 cm) wide and 64" (162.5 cm) long

    Gauge: 17 stitches and 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) in stockinette stitch; 20 sts and 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) in basketweave stitch

    Notes:

    • As with most hand-dyed yarns, color can vary from skein to skein with this yarn. You may choose to work from two balls, alternating every second row if the color difference between the skeins is significant. If the skeins are very closely matched, work from one skein until there remains enough yarn to knit just a few more rows; then join in the second skein and alternate skeins every two rows until the first skein is finished.

    • This scarf is designed to have a rustic look, so the edge stitches are worked in pattern instead of being slipped. Give the first two stitches of each row an extra tug; this will tighten them to keep the edges from becoming messy.

    Basketweave Stitch (multiple of 10 sts):
    Rows 1 and 3: (RS) *P7, k3; rep from *.
    Row 2: *P3, k7; rep from *.
    Row 4: P.
    Rows 5 and 7: *P2, k3, p5; rep from *.
    Row 6: *K5, p3, k2; rep from *.
    Row 8: P.
    Repeat rows 1-8 for pattern.

    Scarf:
    CO 30 sts. P 1 row. Repeat rows 1-8 of basketweave pattern until piece measures about 64" (162.5 cm) long, ending with Row 4 or 8 of chart. K 1 row. BO all sts purlwise.

    Finishing:
    Weave in loose ends. No blocking necessary.

    Yarns Used in This Episode

    Corn yarn: SWTC/Amaizing #159 (Blue)
    Soy yarn: SWT/Pure #073 (Vivid Viola)
    Tencel: Suss Designs Yarns/Love #10b (Taupe)
    Bamboo: Classic Elite/BamBoo #4920 (Citrine)
    Cotton/Lycra: Blue Moon Fiber Arts/Sock Candy (Lapis)
    Cotton/Acrylic Microfiber: Rowan/Calmer #477 (Blush)
    Cotton/milk fiber: SWTC/Vickie Howell's Collection Craft (Martha)
    Pure Cotton: Blue Sky/Dyed Cotton (Dark Brown)
    Linen: Louet/Euroflax Geneva (Grape)
    Hemp: Hemp for Knitting/Allhemp 6 (Sprout)
    Silk: Handmaiden/Silken (Ocean)

    Web exclusive: Test your knowledge about alternative fibers with the DIY Yummy Yarns Quiz.


    RESOURCES :
    yarn
    South West Trading Company
    Website: www.soysilk.com

    Suss Designs
    Website: www.sussdesign.com

    Classic Elite yarns
    Website: www.classiceliteyarns.com

    Rowan yarns
    Website: www.knitrowan.com

    Blue Sky Alpaca yarns
    Website: www.blueskyalpacas.com

    Louet yarns
    Website: www.louet.com


    GUESTS :

    Amy R. Singer
    E-mail: knittymagazine@gmail.com
    Website: www.knitty.com

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