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Spotlight Mirasol Tuhu

Tuhu is one of two new yarns in the Mirasol Collection this season. The yarn label says, “Tuhu is a Quechua name meaning wild rabbit.” Isn’t that fun to know?

Tuhu yarn

Dive in!

This wild rabbit is a 50% Baby Llama, 40% Merino Wool, 10% Angora blend that comes in 109 yard hanks. The suggested gauge is 5 to 5.5 stitches per inch on needles ranging from a US 5 to a US 7.

The 12 happy colors instantly caught my eye and once I felt this delicious yarn I was in love. It is soft, but has nice body and spring. Working with Tuhu puts me in mind of heavy cream, or al dente pasta, it has that level of satisfaction. The angora content gives the yarn just a little bit of a halo, but not enough to obscure stitch details.

In Book #24-Tuhu Jane Ellison has designed six sweaters, a scarf, and a pair of fingerless mitts to showcase this yarn.

You can find both the book and the yarn at local yarn stores across the country.

Tuhu CardiganThe cables along the raglan shaping are an eye catching detail on this cardigan. The same cables give a nice swing to the cuffs and hem.

Tuhu pulloverThis cable and rib top has a nice shape and will be cozy either alone or as an extra layer. Don’t you love the way the center cable splits and follows the neck shaping?

T'ara Scarf and mitts

There are two version of this set in the book.

There are two different versions of both the T’ara Scarf and Mittens in the book. One version of the T’ara Scarf is long and skinny and requires three hanks of yarn. The other version, shown here, is a little shorter and wider and takes two hanks. The T’ara Mittens also have a long and short version.

I decided to make the short version of the mitts, which calls for just one ball of Tuhu. I used color #2002–Apple Green, which is one of the “in” colors this fashion season.

Tara mitt palmThis was a very quick and easy pattern. I started on Friday and was done by Sunday afternoon. The pattern stitch makes a nice squishy fabric and the cuff detail is very simple to work.

Tara mitt topThe mitts are worked flat and seamed, so they would be suitable for a beginner looking to move on from scarves and try out a new pattern stitch. It also means you don’t have to struggle with a thumb gusset.

I’m going to give this pair of mitts to my friend. With all the snow New England received over the weekend I’m sure she’ll enjoy using them as much as I enjoyed knitting them!

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