Cashmere and linen, together. Sylph creates a fabric that we’ve never seen before.
We just about lost our minds when we came upon this yarn. Like, we spent an hour with the good folks of Jade Sapphire, playing around with combinations, swooshing their samples around like we were trying to take flight, generally losing our cool, completely. We brought in 16 shades, from jewel tones to what we call The Awesome Symphony of Grays. It’s all so beautiful.
Read on, below, for ideas we have for patterns that make the most of Sylph’s unique, exquisite qualities.
Specs & Details
Cashmere is tender. The tenderest, really.
Linen is sturdy. Extremely sturdy. You can knit up a piano bench cushion and a decade later, it looks brand new. (Yes, that’s a thing we did.)
What makes Sylph so wonderful is that mixing 48% linen with 52% cashmere means that you’re getting a yarn with extreme tenderness and sturdiness.
The light fingering weight means that Sylph is a fine choice for elegant shawls, wraps, and scarves.
If you’d like to take Sylph out for a one-skein test flight, we recommend the Sylph Cowl, a free pattern from the nice people at Jade Sapphire. Look at the beautiful versions of this light and lovely neck soother on Ravelry.
Our friend Ina Braun tested Sylph on the popular Jet Stream Shawl by Heidi Kirrmaier, with splendid results.
A pair of very popular patterns from the MDK March Madness championship are also calling out to be made in Sylph:
Ambah O’Brien’s Torquata. This simple, fun-to-make wrap alternates panels of yarnover lace with garter stitch panels. We suggest making this using 4 shades of Sylph rather than the 7 called for in the pattern. (Or hey—go for it and pick 7 shades! Treat yourself!) You’ll need 2 skeins of 1 color for the garter stitch panels. For the 6 lace panels, we’re using 3 shades of Sylph, making 2 panels in each color, alternating the panel colors. 2 skeins of 1 shade, 1 skein of 3 other shades. Total: 5 skeins.
Veera Välimäki’s Stay Soft Shawl. Garter stitch, our all-time favorite. To meet the pattern’s yardage requirements, we recommend you choose four shades of Sylph, rather than the three called for in the pattern. The center panel will be your fourth shade—no alternating stripes for that panel.