Cardiff Cashmere Classic

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We've fallen in love with Cardiff Cashmere Classic, a haloed DK-weight cashmere which feels as soft as a kitten. I usually stick to working with wool, but this sumptuous yarn has me daydreaming about taking a little cashmere vacation. Knitting with cashmere is an indulgence that every knitter should treat themselves to on a regular basis. The soft fibers glide off the needles and result in projects that beg to be worn next to the skin.

Classic is aptly named, offered in classic colors that will suit just about anyone’s color preferences. My personal favorite is “N. York”, a chic black and white marl that feels well-suited to the city it’s named for.

We’ve kitted a ball of the Classic with the Astoria Mitts, a quick one-skein project that doesn’t break the bank and makes for an excellent gift knit. But what else to make with this heavenly yarn? Here are some additional options:

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There's nothing like a cashmere hat, and two balls would make an excellent Kakano. I’d choose a lighter color to bring out the diamond texture, like the steely gray Piombo ("lead" in Italian).

© Heidi Kirrmaier

You'll also want this cozy cashmere around your neck. Three to four balls of the Classic are enough to make a decent-sized cowl, and Nick by Heidi Kirrmaier is a great pattern for the drapey, soft cashmere. I like the playful idea of mixing a sporty accessory with a luxurious yarn.

© Churchmouse Yarns & Teas

But if you're going to indulge, why not go all out? As a holiday gift to myself, I’d pair the Classic with Churchmouse’s Easy Folded Poncho. A classic yarn for a classic pattern, what could be better? The mindless stockinette stitch makes the poncho a great holiday travel companion project, and it’s a perfect layering piece to ward off the winter chills. I could easily see myself wearing it until springtime.

November 21, 2016 by Oleya Pearsall
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