Mohair Flor

//Mohair Flor

Mohair Flor

Mohair Sweater

There are yarns and projects that seem to take their time before turning into a finished knit piece. My beautiful skeins of Take Care Mohair have been in my yarn basket for a couple of months now, I have been swatching with it, putting it aside, looking and comparing swatches and imagining what they would become one day. This yarn is so airy and light that I wanted to knit something very special with it, but at the same time quiet simple.

Mohair Sweater

Meanwhileย my La Flor sweater has been on the “cast-on” list for over 6 months. You know how I like experimenting and modifications and ever since I published La Flor, I really wanted to recreate it in a completely different fiber – something super soft, with subtle, almost blurred stitch definition. The choice of yarn can change the look of the same pattern drastically!

So, one day I was going through my stash thinking what might work and then I saw my mohair basket full of swatches… I thought it was perfect – textured La Flor‘s stitch looks very different on fabric created by mohair, the stitch definition is very subtle, almost imperceptible.

Mohair Sweater

I am using 7 mm needles and it knits up incredibly quickly! I am playing around with different stitch placements and taking my time to figure out if this is the perfect yarn/pattern marriage. As usual, I want to step back for a week and see if I still like the result enough to cast on, though it is definitely a challenge – I like it so much right now that want to cast on immediately! But I learned the hard way that the first excitement can be deceptive and it’s important to step back for a couple of days.

Mohair Sweater

It’s been awhile since I shared my current read. After Julian Barnes’ superb language style, it was very hard to find anything that I might enjoy just as much. Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 was definitely the right choice – I like the plot and, the most important part for me, the language. Just beautiful, even a few pages a day is a true joy!

Mohair Sweater

I hope you are having a beautiful week! I will see you at Yarn Along today!


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By | 2017-02-22T07:09:34+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Knitting|26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. Heather February 22, 2017 at 8:23 am - Reply

    This looks amazingly soft! I have trouble knitting with textures, I tend to mess up my stitches – it is something that I like to work on, it just takes an amazing amount of time and concentration ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alina February 22, 2017 at 8:26 am - Reply

      Thank you, Heather! Actually this stitch is pretty straightforward and it “speaks” to you very well – you don’t really need to follow the chart after awhile.

  2. Ruby February 22, 2017 at 8:25 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness, it looks like you’re knitting with clouds–incredibly beautiful, Alina! I bet it will be amazing to wear, too. xx

    • Alina February 22, 2017 at 8:29 am - Reply

      Thank you, Ruby! Oh, I love this comparison – it DOES feel like knitting with clouds or marshmallow ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Melissa February 22, 2017 at 8:25 am - Reply

    The halo is incredible! How do you find the knitting–are the stitches easy enough to see and execute properly? I have not yet knit with mohair (but I have some in my stash!) and I’m super interested to know more about your experience.

    • Alina February 22, 2017 at 8:31 am - Reply

      Thank you, Melissa! This is my first time working with mohair, but after dozens of swatches, I understood that it is very important to choose the proper needle size. As you might see from the photos the “base” thread is pretty thin, but the mohair halo around it creates the volume, which means that the needle size have to be big enough for the halo, not just the base thread. When I used smaller needles, I was struggling, but as soon as I went up, it knits like butter! I will definitely write in more depth about it once I knit something bigger with it.

  4. Akiba February 22, 2017 at 8:57 am - Reply

    I agree with Ruby’s comment – it looks like you are knitting with clouds.

    • Alina February 22, 2017 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Hey Akiba! Nice to see you back!!!! I will give you to touch it – it is an amazing tactile experience!

  5. Mary Loraine Merkle February 22, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Wonderful pattern. I love everything about it and especially the effects you achieved in the ribbing. Once finished it would be a treasure to be worn often.

    • Alina February 27, 2017 at 8:37 am - Reply

      Thank you so much!!! I hope to finish it as soon as possible – the yarn is too good to be in the stash for too long!

  6. Mary Loraine Merkle February 22, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply

    This is a wonderful pattern–very balanced and eye catching. I especially appreciate the detail around the ribbing. Once finished, it would be a delight to wear often.

  7. Nicky February 22, 2017 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    The finished Flor will be beyond amazing! I just love the texture and volume the mohair gives.

    • Alina February 27, 2017 at 8:38 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Nicky! I love the blurred and subtle texture created by mohair!

  8. Tahnee February 23, 2017 at 1:23 am - Reply

    This is such an interesting combination of pattern and yarn! I’m always impressed with the incredibly amount of thought you put into your knits. I always find myself to be so impatient, once I have a yarn and pattern combination I like I barely manage to contain myself long enough to even make an initial swatch.

    • Alina February 27, 2017 at 8:39 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Tahnee! Well, my obsession with swatching has its flaws – I could finish much more pieces, if not for that. But on the other hand, it’s not about the number, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Zeta February 23, 2017 at 4:40 am - Reply

    Cloudy! I agree, that’s the right word for this yarn.
    Don’t overthink. It WANTS to be a buttery Flor sweater and it will be amazing ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Alina February 27, 2017 at 8:36 am - Reply

      Oh, thank you!! Now I have to get 12 more hours a day to finish it ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. karen February 24, 2017 at 6:16 am - Reply

    my mom was a fan of mohair and knit me a beautiful sweater when I was in high school (quite some time ago!). Yours looks light and airy and wispy! Gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alina February 27, 2017 at 8:33 am - Reply

      Thank you, Karen! Such sweet memories!

  11. Lisa February 24, 2017 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    I had to read Catch22 for my high school english class and it confused me so much. But looking back I think I could handle it now.
    Mohair is such an interesting yarn to play with, you never really know what will and will no work pattern wise.

    • Alina February 27, 2017 at 8:32 am - Reply

      I think so many books are presented to students way too early. I came back to Dostoyevskii, Tolstoy, Gogol, etc, after the university and it opened up for me, completely different from what I remember at school.

  12. Andrea @ This Knitted Life February 24, 2017 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Looking awesome! Lots of work, but a winner for sure!!!! And you know I love grey.

    • Alina February 27, 2017 at 8:31 am - Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! Yep, lots of swatching, but it is so worth it!

  13. Julie February 26, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    That is looking beautiful!! I agree it can be tricky to find the perfect thing for mohair yarn, although I love the effect. I’ve got some mohair in my stash right now that I’m thinking I might knit up this spring, even though it’s not really a spring fabric!

    • Alina February 27, 2017 at 8:30 am - Reply

      Thank you, Julie! Mohair also inspires me for spring knitting, for some reason! I guess it’s because of its lightness…

  14. Monica March 28, 2017 at 8:36 am - Reply

    This has LOADS of potential I love the subtle texture! And your choice of book, also a great one. It is a classic after all.

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