Aloha is a fun new yarn from Fil Katia that is available in nine colors.
Katia is a Spanish collection of beautifully European novelty yarns for both adults and children. Their yarns range from textured yarns like Aloha, which work up quickly into fun scarves, to smooth yarns suitable for a wide range of garments.
Aloha is a 50% Wool, 45% Acrylic, 5% Nylon blend. The structure is fluffy loops of wool held together by a sewn binder.
The recommended knitting needle size is a US 50, which create large enough stitches to allow you to draw the wool loops through without a struggle.
You can also use your hands, which is the option I choose since I didn’t have a pair of US 50 needles handy. Besides, not only did it sound like more fun to just use my fingers, but it gave me more of an opportunity to interact with this soft, squishy yarn.
The free pattern to make this scarf is on the ball band and you can also download it from the KFI website.
If the idea of working with such loopy yarn on such big needles is a little intimidating, fear not! The good folks at Katia have created two YouTube videos demonstrating working with the yarn either with needles or your hands.
15 Minute Scarf
Actually, if you’re feeling particularly sassy (or lazy!) you don’t even have to knit the yarn to start using it as a scarf right away. You can just open the hank up and loop it around your neck a few times! No one will ever know.
But for more structure, go for the knit scarf.
It took me about 15 minutes, maybe half an hour, to make this scarf using my fingers.
The first thing you do, after snipping the strands taming the hank, is to tie a little knot on both ends to prevent fraying.I made my knots close to the end of the yarn and they blend right in with the scarf body. On both ends of the yarn I had part of the wool that wasn’t captured by the binder, but I just snipped that off.
Although I tried to stay consistent with the size of the stitches I was making, I quickly realized that the loopy structure of the yarn is very forgiving and hides any variations in gauge.
My completed scarf is just over 5 feet long, so there is plenty of length to loop it, fold it, or otherwise arrange it to suit your tastes.
And don’t let the fluffy texture fool you, this scarf gets rather warm after you wear it for a few minutes.
But I think this yarn has potential beyond a fun scarf.
I bet it would make a neat trim for a variety of projects. You could use multiple rows for the brim of a hat or one or two layers for the cuffs and collar of a sweater coat. I’m not sure if it would be better to sew it on or try to knit it on, that would be something to experiment with.
Another idea would be to use it for the body of a stuffed animal. Can you just see a cute, fluffy, stuffed sheep with Aloha for it’s body? Again, the trick would be in the execution.
This yarn has just hit store shelves and is already popping up in Ravelry projects.
You can locate a store near you that stocks Aloha by using the “find a store” feature on our main website.