With warmer weather on the horizon it’s time to start thinking about how we’ll continue to knit and crochet without becoming overheated.
Sure, during the winter working on a blanket or a sweater is nice because the fabric in your lap keeps you warm, but in the summer that is anathema.
In the summer months you want either small or lightweight projects. And you don’t get much more lightweight than lace weight!
Another thing people like about lace weight yarn is that you usually get gobs and gobs of it since yarn is packaged by weight.
We distribute a number of lace weight yarns that you’ll be able to find at an independently owned yarn store near you.
Here is a sampling, in alphabetical order.
Yumbrel is a brand new, 100% Combed Cotton yarn that comes in 100 gram hanks with a whopping 990 yards.
This is a great choice for lace knitters (or wanna be lace knitters) who are looking to avoid wool for some reason. When we were introduced to this yarn at our pre-season meeting it was declared “soft as a baby’s tushie!”
This Yumbrel photo is courtesy of The Hole Affair, a local yarn store in California. Check out Yumbrel at The Hole Affair or your local yarn store and see if you agree with our softness scale.
See all the Yumbrel colors. See project ideas using Yumbrel.
Rialto Lace is a 100% Extrafine Merino Wool yarn that comes in 50 gram balls with 429 yards. This yarn is soft, beautiful, and machine washable on a cold, gentle cycle.
There are now 22 colors of Rialto Lace available, with this shade of red being part of the Stitch Red program for women’s heart health.
There are many patterns you can make using Rialto Lace. There is a dedicated Rialto Lace book, it makes an appearance in the Debbie Bliss Simply Crochet book, and it has appeared in recent issues of Debbie Bliss Magazine.
If you’re going to have a “pet yarn” that you just keep around because it’s pretty with no intention of actually using, let that yarn be Findley!
This beautiful 50% Merino Wool, 50% Silk blend is very drool worthy. Each 100 gram ball has a generous 789 yards. Many Findley and Findley Dappled patterns call for just one ball!
As you can see from the pictures, Findley is solid colors, while Findley Dappled is multicolored. Fiber content and gauge are interchangeable, so feel free to mix and match the patterns.
Nuna Fina is the younger brother of Mirasol’s popular Nuna yarn. This new yarn is a 40% Merino Wool, 40% Silk, 20% Bamboo Viscose blend that comes in 50 gram hanks with a generous 329 yards.
As you can see from the picture, it has a lovely sheen. Nuna Funa was introduced with 15 colors, so it’s great for either single colored garments or colorwork projects.
Along with the new yarn, there are several beautiful, new patterns to set your needles clicking.
Nuna isn’t the only one with a new sibling. Sulka Legato is a lighter version of the wonderful Sulka yarn. This new 60% Merino Wool, 20% Alpaca, 20% Silk blend has 274 yards in each 50 gram ball.
As you can see from our friend Cindy’s cowl, Sulka Legato is great for fair isle and color work.
There are several great Sulka Legato sweater patterns ranging from long to short sleeve to maximize the seasons when you can wear this wonderful yarn.
Read more about these two new Mirasol yarns on the Diamond Yarn blog.
And don’t forget that sales of Mirasol yarns and patterns support a school for the children of shepherds in Peru. You’re not just buying beautiful yarn, you’re doing a good deed!
The popular, cotton dominant Taiyo family from Noro has a lace weight version.
Taiyo Lace is a 50% Cotton, 17% Wool, 17% Nylon, 16% Silk blend that comes in 100 gram balls with a massive 920 yards. It is available in 10 color ways.
It is great for both garments and accessories, as you see in this crocheted scarf from the Hanami book. Find this pattern on Patternfish.
Queensland Collection Llama Lace is a beautiful, 100% llama yarn available in 11 hand-dyed colorways. There are 209 yards per 50 gram hank.
This is a light, warm, and pet worthy yarn that is great for garments and accessories.
The colors of Llama Lace Melange feature heathers, instead of the strong color changes of the original Llama Lace.
Llama Lace Melange also comes in larger 100 gram hanks, with 420 yards each.
The greater yardage makes Llama Lace Melange a great candidate for one skein projects, such as the Inner Babushka Cowl I designed shown above, which is a free pattern on our main website.
I named it the Inner Babushka Cowl because it is long enough to pull up over your head, like my grandmother used to wear.
If you prefer a longer cowl you can wear doubled, check out my Milanese Lace Cowl, which also takes just one skein of Llama Lace Melange.
While Llama Lace and Llama Lace Melange have the same suggested gauge, you’ll want to keep the difference in yardage in mind when substituting them in patterns.
This is just a sampling of the beautiful lace weight yarns available. Find more at your local yarn store.
Do you enjoy knitting and crocheting with lace weight yarn or does the fine gauge scare you away?