Next up on our Month of Lace yarn pick is Risoni by The Loom. The Loom has over 40 years in the silk yarn and fabric industry. They wanted to share their knowledge and passion by creating unique yarns for all to use. Risoni is one of the special yarns they came up with for weavers, knitters, and crocheters. Risoni is a thick-and-thin silk yarn, with slubs that add instant texture to the simplest of projects.
One of my pastimes is admiring projects on Ravelry to see the creative ideas other users concoct. During one of my daily doses, I found a woven scarf that incorporated Risoni in the design. The placement of the yarn allows the slubs to give the scarf a muted amount of texture that draws your eyes in. Another intriguing project I found used Risoni in the pattern Color Affection, by Veera Välimäki. This project gave me the idea of using Risoni in a pattern with stripes, but to only use it as one of the contrasting colors, to give the project a little extra flair.
Sometimes I forget that experimenting with yarn is an enjoyable part of the creative process. I tend to stick in my comfort zone and work on projects that I can foretell the results. Risoni reminded me to step out of my comfort zone and start to play around with yarn more, to relish the process and worry less about the product. I'm going to knit a few swatches holding Risoni double with different weights and fibers of yarn to see what kind of results it produces.
Here are a few free patterns that showcase Risoni:
© Knit PurlRisoni Bias Scarf: A Knit Purl design. This chic, open knit scarf shows off Risoni in all its slubby glory. Using three balls of Risoni silk yarn, just knit until you run out!
Risoni Triangle Scarf: A simple asymmetrical wrap that is the perfect backdrop for Risoni. The pattern is written using two skeins, but you can effortlessly use more to make a larger wrap.
© RYN YarnShifting Silk Scarf: This scarf includes two other Loom yarns. Each yarn is used in a section giving it the look of shifting from one yarn to another.
If you have any fun and creative ideas for Risoni, please do share. I love reading about what everyone else is working on.