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Swatching Grace by Denise Bayron: An experiment stranding Semilla Grosso with Silky Kid
Loom & Spindle - Grace Swatch

Swatching Grace by Denise Bayron

An experiment stranding Semilla Grosso with Silky Kid

It’s been an exciting year here at Loom & Spindle, we’ve spent many happy hours sourcing unique yarns and fibres from all over the world to bring you a fresh palette of textures to explore. 

One of our new favourites is the GOTS certified, Semilla Grosso by BC Garn. A smooth round yarn with exceptional stitch definition.

We’ve been enjoying the process of swatching and planning projects with Semilla Grosso and we’re eager to share all our experiments with you.

Today we’re taking a look at our swatch for the Grace pullover by Denise Bayron, as featured in Laine Magazine Issue 8.

This swatch almost didn’t make the cut. Grace is knit in a super bulky weight yarn at 2.75 stitches per inch. At a standard gauge Semilla Grosso knits up much finer at around 3.5-4.5 stitches per inch. 

Our pre-swatching suggested that we just weren’t going to get gauge using Semilla Grosso, but we had one last trick up our sleeve…

Read on to find out how we untangled this ball of yarn + how to get a 10% discount on the Semilla Grosso range!


PROJECT

Swatching Grace by Denise Bayron using Semilla Grosso and Silky Kid

Loom & Spindle - Grace Swatch

AIM

Knit a swatch for the Grace pullover to explore:

  • If an appropriate gauge can be obtained using Semilla Grosso

  • The fabric’s hand-feel at the resulting gauge, and

  • The suitability of Semilla Grosso for a pullover intended for a ‘super bulky’ weight yarn

SKILLS

  • Casting on

  • Casting off

  • Knitting flat

  • Working a simple cable pattern

  • Translating pattern instructions into swatch parameters

TOOLS

  • 5mm (US 8) knitting needles (we used Chiaogoo Spin Bamboo Interchangables)

MATERIALS

 

DESIGN

The swatch was based on the Grace pullover by Denise Bayron, as published in Laine Magazine Issue 8.

The swatch itself was to be very simple, we wanted to test Semilla Grosso in the knitted fabric and also work-in a 1x1 rib and one cable repeat to see how the design details would translate. The resulting swatch was knit over 26 stitches incorporating these design elements.

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DEVELOPMENT

The pre-swatch – Semilla Grosso

We tried a few different needle sizes on some pre-swatch swatches. 

Using the needle size recommended in the pattern, 9.0 mm (US 13), the resulting fabric was extremely loose and airy and was not going to be suitable for garment construction.

 Sizing down, the fabric was more cohesive but lacked structure.

We found a satisfactory fabric was obtained on 4mm (US 6) needles, with a resulting 5 stitches per inch. The fabric was smooth, felt durable and had spring. Unfortunately, at this finer gauge the pattern as written would become unworkable for our intended size.

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The final Swatch - Semilla Grosso stranded with Silky Kid

Before giving up we tried one last swatch stranding Semilla Grosso with Silky Kid by Kremke Soul Wool. Our theory was, that by adding a strand of mohair we could knit at a looser gauge with the mohair halo filling in the ‘gaps’ to help maintain the structure of the fabric.

So finally, on 5mm (US 8) needles we discovered a soft silky fabric that had both stitch definition and structure, was surprisingly drapey and had a luxurious halo. And, the resulting gauge would allow us to work the pattern as written with only a few minor adjustments!

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FINISHING

The swatch was soaked in a bath of cool water for around 5 minutes, the excess water pressed out using a towel. The swatch was then pinned out on a blocking mat, attention given to straightening the cable detail and aligning the stitches before being allowed to dry.

Final measurements:

  • 14 stitches over 10cm (4'')

  • 20 rows over 10cm (4'')

  • Overall dimensions, 15cm x 15cm (6'' x 6'')

INSIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

GAUGE

With our pre-swatches telling us that Semilla Grosso and the Grace pullover might just not be compatible, we were really pleased to find a workable gauge when adding a strand of mohair.

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FABRIC

Semilla Grosso delivered smooth well-defined stitches, making the cable pattern pop. The mohair halo supported the looser gauge and provided structure and durability to the knitted fabric. These elements all came together to create a drapey fabric with a lustrous look and silky hand-feel.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

The super bulky weight yarn used in the pattern lends a certain look and feel to the original piece. Though we haven’t recreated this fabric, we think we’ve come up with something interesting that could be applied to this pattern with great results.

Ultimately, stranding Semilla Grosso with Silky Kid turned the Grace pullover into a viable project option for these yarns. We’ve done some preliminary calculations on working the pullover at this gauge and think we’ll get some exciting results. Stay tuned!

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THANK YOU FOR READING!

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Introducing Silky Kid by Kremke Soul Wool

Introducing Silky Kid

By Kremke Soul Wool

Silky Kid by Kremke Soul Wool brings together the very best of silk and mohair to create a soft and luxurious yarn.

The delicate fibres are carefully milled, the mohair being gently spun into a core of silk to produce a fine halo when the yarn undergoes texturing with a brushed finish.

Worked on its own, Silky Kid creates a lush drapey fabric that resists creasing and wrinkles. When stranded with other yarns the mohair halo will add luxe and sophistication.

Best suited to hand-knit and woven fabrics, Silky Kid is for those timeless pieces with enduring aesthetic.


Colourways Available

THE YARN

FIBRE CONTENT: 72% Mohair, 28% Mulberry Silk
NET WEIGHT: 25g (0.88 oz) per ball
APPROX. YARDAGE: 210m (230yd)
YARN WEIGHT EQUIVALENT: Lace / 2 Ply
CONSTRUCTION: Worsted spun silk core with brushed mohair halo
ORIGIN: Fibre sourced, dyed and milled in South Africa
CARE: Cold hand wash, dry flat

WORKING THE YARN

Silky Kid is suitable for knitting and weaving for yardage. We’ve included gauge suggestions for these crafts below. You may also like to check out our project suggestions on RAVELRY.

GAUGE SUGGESTIONS

The gauge information below can be used as guidance when planning your projects. We always recommend that you swatch to determine a configuration that results in the ideal fabric and hand feel for your project.

KNITTING

18-25 stitches over 10cm, using 3.5mm - 5mm needles (4.5 – 6.25 stitches per inch, US size 4 - 8 needles)

WEAVING FOR YARDAGE

5-8 epi (20-32 ends / 10cm)

ABOUT KREMKE SOUL WOOL

Kremke Soul Wool are known for their selection of natural fibres and extensive colour palettes, bringing together a carefully curated range of ‘yarns with soul’.

 
 
 
 

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