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From designer Kirsten Singer: When first designing Axial, I knew that I wanted to Rowan Yarn’s Kid Classic which is a blend of X and Y. I liked the idea of the mohair creating a bit of a halo to the cables, plus the added warmth that it would provide. I’ve always wanted to make a second Axial with a different choice of yarn, so when Allyson asked us to write another post about our patterns, it became the perfect opportunity to swatch different yarns.
First up is Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca in Oregano, a blend of wool and alpaca. Pros: The color is amazing, a really rich olive that’s not too dark for the cables to be seen. And the wool provides the great stitch definition, and the alpaca retains some of that halo from the Kid Classic.
Second we have another Rowan Yarn, this time their British Sheep Breeds Natural in Cream. The Pros: This yarn is squishable heaven with amazing stitch definition, and the quality of the wool is really nice, and would be very soft against the skin. The Cons: My gauge is definitely a little off here, and would require some re-tooling of the pattern. Not impossible, but might not be the best for knitting a sweater a second time. (This pattern was a bit of a beast the first time around).
Lastly, we have a much different yarn choice with O-Wool’s Balance in Lapis. The wool/cotton blend has a lovely tweed-like texture to it, which creates such a different look for this stitch pattern. The Pros: The cotton blend would make this cardigan more wearable year round, which would be perfect for my Southern California climate. The Cons: I think the color & tweed effect lose the cable detail a little bit. I think if I went with this yarn choice, I would have to choose a much lighter color.
I think if I had to choose today from one of the three swatches, I think I would go with the Berroco. It’s a different color than I would normally go for, and the wool/alpaca is reminiscent of the original design.