About yarn choice. You may have seen a lot of discussion recently about yarn recommendations, specifically the way in which patterns using expensive yarns are seen as excluding knitters on a lower budget. I’ve shared some thoughts on this subject
, including why
designers often use these yarns, and how you can find a good alternative on your own. For this pattern, I actually didn’t use yarn support. I used a very special yarn, Bilum
‘s silk/yak blend Muruk, from stash. Why this particular, very spendy yarn? Well, the design concept followed the yarn (an impulse buy, using a gift voucher). The colours made me think of a city sunset, and the dreamy soft, light fibre makes for a wonderful thing to wrap around my neck.
It would be very easy to choose a different yarn though – your options are wide open. Any lace-weight will do (or even a light fingering). I have a short attention span and found that the slow colour shift really helped to keep it interesting for me, but there are cheaper gradient yarns on the market too. I really encourage you to experiment with yarns; again, read my blog post if you’d like some guidance. The pattern’s recommendation should never, never be seen as a must!