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Cornish Garden

Cornish Garden

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Like all our Birthday Yarns, Cornish Garden is woollen spun to achieve a light, fluffy, silky yarn with a strong memory to increase elasticity and resilience. For 2019 we used fine fibres for a 3-ply yarn as well as a thicker Sport weight yarn. For our 14th Birthday, we combined some soft fine and rare English Merinos with a few other special things.

The yarn has 40% blended white and fawn Merino with Romney, plus 17% fawn and grey Shetland, 26% blue-faced Leicester and 17% recycled noils from our mill. The Merino and Shetland provide natural colour and the Shetland reduces the Merino/Romney bulk. Then the Blue-faced Leicester adds lustre to enhance the dye shades as well as reducing bulk further and adding drape. The noils add texture and interest to both natural and dyed shades and are more environmentally sustainable than ahimsa silk or bought-in nepps.

The resulting yarn is a warm, pale fawn-grey, happy to take a complementary darker brown-grey and four bright dyed shades. We chose Cornish Gardens as our theme for 2019 and were privileged to gain permission to name our colours after six special gardens, each of which has a feature which links to the particular shade. These were featured in our blog. Because woollen spun yarns are bulky and with the fibre composition we have chosen, the 3-ply yarn will also work well at a 4-ply gauge and the Sport will work at DK and Light Aran or Aran gauges too.

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  • Fair Isle pullover 3-ply or 4-ply

    This is a good first Fair Isle project and the pretty design comes in four sizes.  The garment is worked in four pieces up to the yoke or may be worked entirely in the round if preferred.  Rita has designed a tammy and fingerless mitts to match.

    Level of difficulty: Intermediate (3/5 sheep)

    To fit:

    Chest Sizes:     89 (96, 112, 117, 127) cm

    35 (38, 44, 50) inches

    Sleeve seam:    43 (43, 44, 45) cm

    16.5 (16.5, 16.75, 17) inches

    Lengths: the original sample was worked to 55cm / 22 inches from neck to hem, which is a short, neat length.  If desired, the garment may be made longer or with a polo neckline, when more of the Main Colour yarn will be needed.

    Issued: October, 2019

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  • Fair Isle Garden Mitts, 3-ply and 4-ply

    Level of difficulty: Intermediate This is a good first Fair Isle project and a pretty design. Rita has also designed a jumper to match. To fit: One Size, diameter approximately 28 cm / 11 inches Pattern designed for: Blacker Yarns woollen spun 3-ply or 4-ply yarns. The original was worked in Blacker Cornish Garden 3-ply yarn. This design would also be attractive worked in 4-ply Blacker Breeds Shetland natural shades or Blacker Mohair Blends natural and dyed yarn. Blacker Cornish Garden 3-ply yarn: MC Hepworth one 100g skein, one 100g skein each of Trebah blue, Boconnoc pink, Cotehele gold, Heligan green, Tremenheere deep brown-grey (use up the spare from making the Fair Isle Jumper for these projects or experiment with colour variations for gifts for friends!) Learn More

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