Thursday, January 17, 2013

Five more rows for the blue silk

This is a chained yarn, meaning it was not spun, but created by taking a thread of silk and making a bulky yarn by chain stitching it. So one can literally pull the strand width-wise and it will be a lacy, wide ribbon.  This is how the trendy ruffle yarns all work, only they are on a very big scale.  I have knitted this shawl using the technique of putting the needle through  a few loops of the chain, then pulling a few loops of the chain through.  So it is a little bit of a ruffle.  It's quite bulky but light, because the silk is so airy.  I like the look of the wavy surface which is not quite ruffly.

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