We have two beautiful new gradient yarns arriving in yarn shops for your Spring/Summer knitting and crocheting. They are similar, but also quite different.
First is Ella Rae brand “Rustic Lace Quad“. This fingering weight yarn is a 75% Lambswool, 25% Silk blend. This yarn is certified organic and from non mulesed wools.
As you can see, it has a lovely, rustic, tweedy look from the different way the two fibers take the dye. The silk content gives the yarn those lovely flecks of color.
Rustic Lace Quad is soft, but has that distinct feel silk content brings to a yarn.
These are BIG balls of yarn. To give you an idea of the size, each one is 200 grams and has 1,257 yards. Phew! That is enough to knit a shawl from a single ball.
The “Quatro Shawl”, designed by Leanne Prouse, features an all-over leaf motif. I like that the edge flips back to make a nice collar.
“Rustic Lace Quad” has the same fiber content and suggest gauge as “Rustic Lace” yarn, which makes them interchangeable in patterns.
I think it might be interesting to use “Rustic Lace Quad” for the “Koko Top” pattern.
The second new gradient is “United Foursome” from Queensland Collection.
“United Foursome” is a 55% Lambswool, 45% Cotton blend. As you can see, this blend gives the colors a more uniform appearance. This yarn is soft with a nice feel of cotton. United Foursome also features certified organic and non mulesed wool fibers.
These massive balls of yarn are also 200 grams with 1,531 yards each. You’ll get lots of knitting or crocheting time out of one of them!
The “Andrea Shawl“, designed by Jo Allport, is a rectangular shawl with an eyelet design. I think this pattern will be good for an advanced beginner. People will be impressed with your complicated looking finished garment, but you’ll know the yarn did half the work!
You could also try “United Foursome” in one of the patterns Jo designed for single color “United” yarn, like the “Jasmine Top“.
The simple design of the Jasmine Top will allow the color changes of the gradient yarn to take center stage.
I think either of these yarns would look great in a circular shawl, too. Maybe one of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Pi shawls?
Or something like the “Aerlies” shawl, designed by Adrienne Ku for Juniper Moon Farm.
I have a ball of United Foursome in the Port Jackson colorway (blue) and a ball of Rustic Lace Quad in the Savanna colorway (tans). I was going to try the July Shawl from Elizabeth Zimmerman’s “Knitters Almanac” book. Then I realized they might work for the beautiful Aerlies shawl. It is a good thing I have one of each!
What would you knit or crochet if you had a ball of “Rustic Lace Quad” or “United Foursome”?
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