Tuesday, October 20, 2015

September Classic Review: Teresa Ruch Designs Tencel

One of my favorite things about Yarnbox is how it pushes us all to try something we may not have thought to try.  That was the case with our September Classic box featuring Teresa Ruch's Tencel 5/2 light fingering weight and Tencel 3/2 DK weight yarns.  Not a fiber blend with tencel in it but yarn made of 100% silky tencel.  What a treat!


Tencel is a man-made natural fiber created from wood pulp.  It has a slippery texture kind of like silk and bamboo with a glorious shine to it.  It's a durable fiber and a great non-wool alternative for warmer climates.  This tencel has incredible drape to it making it perfect for garments, shawls and scarves.  Teresa Ruch hand dyes her yarns in rich colors that glow under the yarn's sheen.  The color received many delightful squeals from our members.  I heard one refer to the pearl as liquid silver. 



Since there were two different yarn weights this month, we featured two different knit patterns as well as a crochet pattern for the DK weight.  I'll post an additional crochet pattern that I've been working on next week on our blog.

Kristin Hansen designed this elegant Late Summer Shawl with the light fingering weight tencel.  This pattern's stitch work is the perfect compliment to any of the above colorways resulting in a finished piece that could be worn as a shawl or a scarf.


Our second knit pattern was the Shifted Cowl designed by Andrea Sanchez.  Worked in the round, this pattern features panels of both lace and cables worked in the DK weight tencel.


Designer Marie Segares joins us with her crochet pattern, Ella's Rhythm Shawl, with the DK weight tencel.  Using an easy to remember stitch pattern, the design is ideal for advanced beginners and anyone wanting a pattern where the stitch work highlights the yarn's beauty.


So many wonderful options with tencel!  If you missed the September Classic box, check out the Overstock Shop to see what goodies you can add to your stash. 


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