Summertime knitting (and crocheting) often calls for light, airy, fast projects.
Light because you don’t want to be weighed down with a heavy wool sweater when it’s 90 degrees out, even if you do have air conditioning!
Fast because most people find summer a busy time. They are outside gardening or traveling around visiting family and friends. You might turn around and realize it’s been two days since you knit a stitch! What’s the point in starting a summer top if you don’t finish it until November?
Well, Katia Zanzibar might be the yarn you’ve been looking for.
Zanzibar is a 100% Acrylic that is soft and silky with an interesting construction. It’s a tape yarn that has been chained, so it has bulk without weight.
It is available in 6 colorways and each 100 gram ball has approximately 55 yards.
The suggested gauge is 1.5 sts per inch on a US 17-19 needles. Those are BIG knitting needles. In fact, I had to borrow them from a friend because I didn’t own that size. My husband saw them on the dining room table shortly after I brought them home and said I could use them for self defense!
Of course, with needles that big you can finish your projects in next to no time.
Katia suggests using the “Fantasy Stitch” when knitting with Zanzibar to take advantage of it’s unique construction.
You knit a row normally, then on the next row you knit one stitch regular, then use your left needle to pick up a strand of the chain from the row below, then pass the knit stitch over the loop.
You purl on the return row.
It doesn’t make much sense in text if you don’t have the yarn in your hands! Fortunately, Katia created a nice video demonstrating how to work the stitch.
Once you watch it you’ll see the Fantasy Stitch is rather easy to work. This creates a nice, open fabric that really displays the textures and colors of this fun yarn.
But what can you do with this fun yarn and this fun stitch?
Needlework Unlimited, out in Minnesota, whipped up a quick fashion scarf using Zanzibar. They cast on 7 sts and worked the Fantasy stitch until they ran out of yarn.
Contact the store for more details!
Zanzibar yarn is featured in designs in the Katia book “Adult #73 Sport (Spring 2013)“.
This cute tank top uses the Fantasy Stitch for a fun, open look.
You can work up a cute bag for toting your supplies to the beach or pool.
A more traditional fabric can also be created for a sophisticated cover up.
You can find local yarn stores that stock the Katia line by using the “find a store” feature on our main website and filtering by zip code and brand.
Don’t let the summertime pass by without a fun new top to wear!