Yarns to Love
So Good Together: Atlas + Kidsilk Haze
Kidsilk Haze in Sky and Atlas in Skyline. Aw.
Sometimes things I love can get better. My favorite Girl Scout cookies are Thin Mints, love them, buy them every year, hide at least one box from my family for my personal noshing. I still remember when someone told me to put them in the freezer and eat them cold. Whoa, a snack changer, the flavor was enhanced and the texture changed to have even more snap—delicious.
The same thing happened when I added a strand of Kidsilk Haze to already soft and springy Atlas. The ‘adding a strand of mohair to another yarn’ trend doesn’t seem to waning, and I’m not sad about it. I like the halo, and how that same fuzz allows us to shift to a looser gauge.
The feel of Atlas and Kidsilk Haze together in fabric is almost indescribable, it’s so good. The meltingly soft and cushy Atlas, combined with the silky and luxurious Kidsilk Haze shifts to something slinky and ethereal.
I like how it looks too. Atlas can already handily shift gauge, and adding mohair to the mix, helps to shift even more and the mohair in Kidsilk Haze that gives it its fantastic halo, helps to stabilized the open gauge fabric.
I knit swatches in a range of stockinette gauges. First at ballband gauge with Atlas alone, this is 5 stitches to the inch (top swatch). Then I added a strand of Kidsilk Haze and jumped up to 4 (bottom left), 3.5 (bottom middle), and 3 stitches (bottom right) to the inch. All the fabrics are sublime. They are light, silky, and cozy, like a kitten.
What to Knit with this Superior Pairing
Of course, the sweaters that first come to mind that would work well with these two are Amy Christoffers’s Felix either the pullover or cardigan (top right) and Midori Hirose’s Ranunculus (bottom right).
Looking for another great stockinette sweater? How about Nell Ziroli’s Shop Frock (left)? I would spend all day sliding my hands into the pockets just to feel the fabric.
Comparing the Atlas swatch at ballband gauge, and the Atlas plus Kidsilk Haze at the gauge for these three sweaters, look at how the stitches bloom, and the halo and little pops of white silk from the Kidsilk Haze. It is exactly as soft as it looks, plus loosening up the gauge makes for lighter fabric.
Want a little texture? Wave of Change by Denise Bayron (left) is a great choice with its simple ridge of texture running through the garment. Overall texture you say? How about a basket weave stitch with yarn overs? Korshavn by Tonje Hodne (middle) is designed to be open and fuzzy. Or go to garter stitch heaven in Slice by Lone Kjeldsen (right).
Atlas + KSH look spectacular in this stitch pattern.
Stitch definition in texture and a soft halo with unbelievable squish … I think I may have found my love match.
One Caveat and Lots of Fun
A reminder about knitting yarns at an open gauge: the fabric has a bit more tendency to snag, so be a little careful where and when you wear them. I can’t wear loose gauge sweaters in the kitchen, I snag on knobs and drawers. I also don’t wear them when I’m doing physical lifting work, like helping my kids move in or out of their dorm rooms or tidying the garden.
I knit all of the swatches in this post with shades of Atlas and Kidsilk Haze that match well Atlas in Skyline and Kidsilk Haze in Sky, but making marls with two strands of yarn is some of the most knitting fun I can think of. The fuzz of Kidsilk Haze helps to keep the marling subtle. You can go for a high contrast marl, like black and white, but I prefer something more subtle like the Lavender Kidsilk Haze I added to the Skyline Atlas.
You could even stripe or make a fade just swapping out the colors of Kidsilk Haze and keep Atlas the same color. Playing with these two favorite yarns showed me that knitting is always full of happy surprises, now excuse me while I grab my Thin Mints from the back of the freezer.