August 30, 2017

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. Fabulous and inspiring yarn combination.

  2. 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!}

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

  3. I have this book. I love knitting cardigans. This sweater gives me more inspiration!
    Yours is beautiful Kristen.

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

  4. 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.

    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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