Shibui Knits > Silk Cloud
Shibui Silk Cloud
Featuring 330 yards in each skein, it is recommended knit at a gauge of 20 sts/4 in on US 7.
The store model I knit to show these Shibui yarns grades thru every possible combination of holding the 3 yarns together, 2 at a time. Each fabric is really nice, but the handsdown winners based on customer oohs and aahs is any combination that includes the Silk Cloud!
It is so soft and luscious. For a slightly tweed effect, hold 1 strand of Silk Cloud with 1 strand of Pebble. For a really lovely lightweight fabric that has a lovely bounce/elasticity, hold 1 strand of Cima with 1 strand of Cloud.
The orange poncho(?) below uses one strand of Silk Cloud and one strand of Cima. It is flattering on a range of shapes and sizes - open at the bottom like a poncho but with a ribbing at the cuff of each sleeve to hold fabric around your arms when you lift them, this garment is sort of a hybrid between a poncho and a sweater! The pattern is free with the yarn purchase. It is not an inexpensive garment to knit....($195)...but if you consider the Cost Per Wear (you will wear this so often, it will in the long run be a garment of less "cost per wear" than probably many another garment you have knit that was less out of pocket to begin with, but you didn't wear as much!)
A customer knit the rectangular wrap below using Silk Cloud, Cima and Pebble in a similar sort of gradient way. But her pattern carried one strand of Silk Cloud throughout and then she alternated blocks of stockinette stitch and reverse stockinette stitch using 1 strand of Silk Cloud with either 1 strand of Cima or 1 strand of Pebble in a rectangle and then joined the bound off end to the side of the rectangle.
And the gradient cowl I knit below can be knit with 1 skein each of 3 colors of Silk Cloud. I send the pattern free when 3 sks are ordered. It is an easy knit that is so cozy and soft to wear!
Each of these 2 strand combos yield a gauge of around 5-5.5 sts/inch on US 6-7 in my hands.
Yarn Price: $23.25/sk