Sunday, 23 March 2014

Substituting Rowan Kidsilk Haze (again)

Introducing the Wisp

The pattern was created by Canadian designer Cheryl Niamath and originally published in Knitty's summer 2007 edition.  The pattern instructions call for either Elann Super Kydd or Rowan Kidsilk Haze. As I have successfully substituted Rowan Kidsilk Haze with Patons UK Misty in a previous project, I decided to use Patons UK Misty for my Wisp. And once again, Misty didn't disappoint.
  
Unfortunately, Misty has by now been discontinued, but it can occassionally be found for sale on both ebay and ravelry. Misty's composition (70% Mohair, 30% Polyamide) is not as luxurious as Kidsilk's but it serves as a fantastic substitute for all Knitters, who want to work with fingering weight yarn without having to pay the price for Kidsilk Haze, which currently retails at just under £9.00 per ball.


Wisp (Yarn: Patons UK Misty, substituting Rowan Kidsilk Haze)





Wisp (Yarn: Patons UK Misty, substituting Rowan Kidsilk Haze)


Wisp is a fantastically simple pattern and suitable for beginner lace knitters. Mine was knitted entirely during my daily commute. The original pattern suggests to wear Wisp like a stole and incorporates buttonholes. I decided against adding buttons as I wanted to wear it like an airy, oversized scarf, wrapped around the neck as shown in the pictures.




Wisp Detail (Yarn: Patons UK Misty, substituting Rowan Kidsilk Haze




Despite the stole's lightness, it has served as my winter scarf throughout the last months as it turned out to be incredibly effective at keeping the cold winds at bay. The fine Mohair fibres seem to form an almost invisible insulation barrier. Wisp is therefore not only a fantastic fashion accessory, it turns out to be one of my most versatile and useful knits to date.

More information on substituting Rowan Kidsilk Haze is available here and here.




Wisp (Yarn: Patons UK Misty, substituting Rowan Kidsilk Haze



Wisp (Yarn: Patons UK Misty, substituting Rowan Kidsilk Haze)











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