Kate

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I've had a long time love affair with Kidsilk Haze, and knitting it double is heaven, but now I think I've found a rival to that. I paired Kidsilk Haze with Rowan Fine Silk and completely fell in love with it's glossy loveliness. I loved knitting them together so much that I ordered 10 more skeins of Fine Silk to pair with some KSH Glamour I have in my stash, and I'm still thinking up more ways I can use this beautiful silk.

The pattern is Kate by Sarah Hatton from the fabulous Rowan Loves book. This particular pattern has different necklines, sleeve lengths and yarn choices. It's a simple pattern but I know what gets the most wear from my wardrobe and that simple is almost always the best look for me. I finished it last spring and have worn it dozens of times as it goes with everything from jeans to dressy.  It was the one cardigan I took on a 10 day vacation and I wore it every day. The fabric is very soft, lightweight, breathable and cozy.

Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe in color Precious. 
This is a Kim Hargreaves color--it's gorgeous and the subtle color nuances look almost auroral. It is discontinued but I think a good online search could unearth a few skeins. I've got a little hoard of it myself. Kidsilk Haze is a substitute.

Rowan Fine Silk in color ivory.
Fine Silk is a blend of 40% silk, 30% rayon and 30% wool. I highly recommend this well-priced yarn as a "carrying" yarn to pair with something scrumptious. It will add an elegant gloss and lightweight, silky-softness. 

Kate from Rowan Loves KSH and Felted Tweed.
This is my favorite book from Sarah Hatton and has a dozen classic designs that I'd be sad to be without. This book belongs in every knitter's library.

My Ravelry Project Page.

I knit with one strand each of KSH and Fine Silk.  The two together created a DK weight fabric at 22 sts. per 4 in. and was very pleasant to knit.

The pattern is knit flat and seamed, however I picked up stitches around the arm scythe and used the short-row, top-down, set-in sleeve technique which is my sleeve preference.

I had a difficult time capturing the color.  I think the previous pictures are better, but included this one because it shows the shading.



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    1. Thank you! Love your name--Sky and Snow!

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  2. Fabulous and inspiring yarn combination.

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  3. Thank you for reminding me of the very beautiful 'Kate' pattern. The yarn you created with the pairing is lovely, too. {I have so much KSH!}
    :))

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    1. (Ha! Can there ever be too much KSH?) Yes, Kate is worth remembering.

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  4. I have this book. I love knitting cardigans. This sweater gives me more inspiration!
    Yours is beautiful Kristen.
    Best,
    Leslie

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    1. Hi Leslie. The book is so great and now they sell the patterns as pdf's too.

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  5. Ok.....I'm convinced, I bought the pattern. Like you I love KSH and it's lovely mixed with other yarns. A simple cardigan knit with beautiful yarns is all that's needed sometimes. I'll probably knit it next summer which at present looks a long way away. Thanks for your blog, I always find them inspiring.

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth. I so agree with you about beautiful yarns. I have a post coming up tomorrow about some beautiful yarns I have on the needles.

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