I must have grown up in the age of ponchos. I just love them.
Let’s say you don’t think the shirt you have on makes you gorgeous, put on a poncho and out the door you go looking fabulous!
I try yarns that interest me and have the fiber content I am looking for. This yarn from HIKOO named Kenzie is from New Zealand with love — says so right on the label. I liked working with this yarn both on the knitting machine and crochet handwork. It hangs straight and keeps it’s shape very well.
As for the color name Kiwi Fruit, let’s do a test:
The fuzzy part?
The Kenzie yarn has silk noils. Being new to knitting I had to look up what “noils” meant — a decorative additive. AKA flecks of stuff.
Machine knit fabric with crochet edges.
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold, Silky Wool
Fibers: 65% wool, 35% silk
Yarn made in Italy
Sewing pattern: Style ARC, ESME DESIGNER KNIT TOP
I took the yarn from the hanks and rolled nice stiff balls with center strands that pulled out with even tension. I like to work with silk fiber in the mix because it’s slightly sticky and stays on the needles of the knitting machine. This is the first yarn I have managed to work so tightly on my LK 150. The drape of the knitted Silky Wool is straight without curling problems. I don’t recall any unravelling strands or knots coming undone. Love this yarn!
Pattern piece outlines are glued with a fine line of fabric glue on both sides. Seams are yarn sewn and then bound with a crochet stitch. Cheating? You bet!
The Esme top is longer in the back than the front.
Crochet flower accents on the front neckline.
Knitting machine set to three needles forward, one back.
Knit panels with crochet accents.
Main yarn: Plymouth Yarn, Homestead Tweed, Burnt orange, 90% wool, 10% donegal, made in Peru
Bottom band: Lang Yarns, Finn, 72% virgin wool, 28% acrylic, made in Italy
I am new to using a knitting machine. My interest, I confess, is not in knitting garments with fancy stitches but rather combining different knitted yarn fabrics and textures together to create unique designs. I thought the Silver Reed LK150 Knitting Machine would be the perfect tool for my needs. They call this machine a work-horse and it is.
This sweater is my own design by draping the dress form. I let the sweater evolve as I went and ended up with these semi-bell sleeves that a friend’s blouse inspired me to add.