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Yarn Substitution - Moonbroch Linen Stitch Cowl

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When we added Moonbroch to our yarn range we thought it might work well as a substitute for 4ply or fingering in some patterns. That might seem a little strange as a fluffy laceweight yarn and a smooth 4ply don’t seem to have all that much in common.

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The fluffy fuzzy halo of mohair which surrounds the silk core is the thing that makes this substitution work. That fluff helps to hold space, and that gives the fabric a gorgeous structure.

moonbroch Rainbow kid mohair silk linen stitch knitted cowl 1

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When we knew we were adding muticolours back to the range we wanted to do something to show these off, and we turned to the Double Rainbow Linen Stitch Cowl.

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Using a multi-coloured yarn with dark, almost black sections and a black contrast yarn (BFL, silk and alpaca) allows the rainbow sections to really pop.

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This would also be stunning with a paler contrast colour – so where you see black between the bands of rainbow you’d see the black in the Moonbroch yarn.

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You can find this pattern in Knit The Rainbow, and it's also available as a single pattern from Ravelry.

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