How to Use Fluffy, Halo Style Yarn
There are new colors of Catherine of Aragon - up in the shop - but how on earth do you use a laceweight, super-fluffy yarn? Yes, it is like knitting with a teddy bear, but the combination of lace yardage, plus that crazy alpaca halo around the core of silk is a fairly unusual construction.
I'm here to help! Here are three brilliant ideas to help you cast on!
1. Add a little fluff - hold it doubled
Thanks to it's generous yardage & lighter-than-air feel, you can hold Catherine of Aragon doubled with the pattern suggested yarn without changing gauge.
For example: Mohair Magic Socks
Be careful - if the yarn you've chosen is swatching up a little tight or heavy, then adding the laceweight yarn may change your gauge. Swatch and check gauge before proceeding!
2. By itself - at a very loose gauge
The silk core is strong - which means you can work Catherine up at a very loose gauge & still retain shape. (Blocking is still your friend!) Lace patterns are going to shine using this technique! You'll get a semi-transparent fabric & a very light garment.
For example: the Pappus Pullover
3. As a contrast to a heavier yarn
Keep your needle size consistent, but alternate Catherine with a heavier weight yarn to create see-through stripes in your fabric.
Example: Elton Cardigan