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WIP Wednesday – Kari’s Bias Toward Mohair

One of the many projects I have on the needles is Churchmouse’s “Mohair Bias Loop.” What attracted me to this piece is the loop can be worn three different ways—around the neck as a long, endless scarf, twisted double as a cowl, or as a wrap to hug the shoulders. I love versatility!

Since I can never do anything in moderation, I’ve got two versions of this pattern on the go using two different yarns—for two completely different effects. The bias loop knit in Fleece Artist’s Halo Bundle is a fingering weight yarn held with a single strand of mohair. Mona knit the project with these yarns to display in the shop (see pictures below). And as soon as I tried it on, I knew I had to knit one for me.

Fleece Artist’s Halo Bundle is a joy to work with, as it combines one strand of Merino Slim, a gorgeous fingering weight superwash merino, and Handmaiden Angel Hair, which is 70 per cent kid mohair and 30 per cent nylon. These yarns are exquisite.

Held together, they create a much denser, heavier version of the original Mohair Bias Loop pattern, which requires only mohair. I can’t wait to finish this project because it’ll be perfect for summer evening strolls or sitting by a campfire.

I am enjoying the process of knitting this pattern so much, I cast on a second loop for my mother. I’ve chosen to make this loop in Hedgehog Fibres’ Kidsilk Lace, so she’ll have an airy, sheer, halo about her shoulders and neck. Knit on 6.5 mm needles, this project is as quick as it gets. (I think I can finish the loop in a week or less!) When knitting with mohair only, I’m using wood needles rather than metal because the laminated birch finish grips the yarn, allowing more control over the stitches.

Knitting fine mohair on a needle of that size is incredibly satisfying to me. I haven’t worked much with mohair, but now that I have, it’s all I want to knit with. Hedgehog Fibres’ Kidsilk Lace is heaven to work with, and the colour Concrete is stunning, and should go with everything my mom wears. She’ll look and feel like she’s wearing a beautiful, soft cloud—what every mom deserves, right?

This pattern starts off with a provisional cast on. I know many knitters steer clear of patterns with this type of cast on, but don’t let it frighten you off. The youtube video “Easiest Provisional Cast On” by iKnits demonstrates a super easy method for knitters. For those knitters who can also crochet, VeryPink Knits’ Provisional Cast-On method is an alternative technique. Both methods are fast and easy, so never let a provisional cast on put you off a project again.

After the cast on, the pattern is a breeze. It’s two repeating rows with one increase and decrease. The fabric is knit on the bias so the edges don’t roll.

I’ve had so much fun knitting this pattern at home, I can’t help but dream up some gorgeous yarn pairings at the shop. Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze, Shibui’s Silk Cloud and Hedgehog Fibres’ Kidsilk Lace will work beautifully for a light, mohair-only loop.

If you want a heavier piece, try pairing a fingering weight yarn with mohair, such as Hedgehog Fibres’ Kidsilk Lace in Ghost and Manos del Uruguay Fino in Corsage. Other perfect pairings include, Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze in Blushes and Ancient Arts Reinvent in Raspberry Gelato, Shibui Silk Cloud in Tango and Wollmeise Twin in Hummer, and Hedgehog Fibres Kidsilk Lace in Pheasant and Malabrigo’s Mechita in English Rose.

Explore your stash for fingering weight yarns and add some mohair for a softer, more delicate look. Or skip the fingering weight and create a sheer, mohair cloud for your shoulders this summer—either way, you’ll be so pleased with the results.