Swatch Watch – Shibui Central

Hello, fellow yarn enthusiasts! This week we have something lovely to look at: a school of swatches in the new Shibui color palette! We have been having lots of fun playing with fresh color combinations within the family of Shibui yarns. Here are some of our favorites:

A happy set of swatches. Aren’t they lovely?

2 strands Shibui Silk Cloud in Flaxen, 1 strand of Shibui Staccato in Dijon, worked in pattern for “Eustacia” from the Shibui Luxury Book

Gauge: 5 sts/inch on a size 7 / 4.5mm needle

Because the Silk Cloud in Flaxen is just a touch lighter than the Staccato in Dijon, the Flaxen really glitters and adds some nice visual interest. The texture stitch is really lovely in this fiber combination – the result is warm and dense without being overly heavy. A similar color look could be achieved by pairing Staccato in Artichoke with Silk Cloud in Green Tea.

1 strand Shibui Silk Cloud in Graphite, 1 strand of Shibui Merino Alpaca in Graphite

Gauge: 4 sts/inch on size 9 / 5.5mm needles

The color and feel of this swatch makes me think of December in Portland. It is the color of a heavy rain cloud, but feels much friendlier. Merino Alpaca is one of my favorite yarns on its own, but I really like it paired with Silk Cloud. The mohair halo adds softness to the almost rope-y texture of the Merino Alpaca. This pairing would be great for a warm winter cowl, perfect for keeping out the elements.

1 strand Shibui Silk Cloud in Artichoke, 1 strand of Shibui Silk Cloud in Green Tea.

Gauge: 4 sts/inch on size 9 / 5.5mm needles

By using two similar shades of the same yarn, one light and one dark, plain stockinette takes on a polished glimmer. This pairing would add some elegant interest to a Silk Cloud Pullover!

Other color pairs to try: Graphite/Ash, Fjord/Dragonfly, Bordeaux/Peony

1 strand Shibui Silk Cloud in Fjord, 1 strand of Shibui Heichi in Canal

Gauge: 4.5 sts/inch on size 8 / 5mm needles

Adding a fine strand of Silk Cloud changes the texture of Heichi dramatically. When used by itself, the worsted weight silk has a lovely drape and tends to grow after blocking. By adding a strand of Silk Cloud, the fabric becomes softer and will spring back into shape. This textile would be great for a year-round garment – it is soft, light and warm without being too hot.

2 strands of Shibui Baby Alpaca in Artichoke, 1 strand Shibui Silk Cloud in Artichoke, worked in Mistake Rib

Gauge: 3 sts/inch on size 13 / 9mm needles

In the words of our IT guy, David: it’s “like petting a unicorn.” I don’t have first-hand experience with unicorns, but that does sound quite wonderful. This would be a great fiber combination for a cuddly cowl or other magical winter accessory.

1 strand of Shibui Merino Alpaca in Ivory, worked in stitch pattern from the Nehalem pullover from Shibui Texture, arriving later this summer.

Gauge: 4 sts/inch on size 9 / 5.5mm needles

Merino Alpaca is one of my favorite yarns for cables, and you can see why! It has great stitch definition and really makes those cables “pop”.

That’s all for now! Until next time, happy swatching!

-Eva

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July 01, 2011 by Eva
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