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a Clara Laylow.

Recently, I was sent the new Clara yarn by Manos del Uruguay to review. I wanted to knit a shawl but I wasn’t sure which one to choose. Shannon’s Laylow fit the bill perfectly and used most of the skein (I have about 10grams left).

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At Knit City recently here in Vancouver, I saw a lovely version on @stashandknit. Sarah’s version was knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light and it was gorgeous. And I really wanted to knit a version as well.

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Pattern :: Laylow by Shannon Cook

Yarn :: body of shawl in Manos del Uruguay Clara in colourway 24 ‘Black Forest’ // borber in Sweet Fibre Sweet Merino Lite in colourway ‘Paper Birch’

Needles :: 4.00mm circulars

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With the dropped stitches, I decided to go up needle sizes since I am a semi-tight/on gauge knitter and I thought it would be nice to have a looser, drapier fabric. I love the results. Since blue is a staple in my everyday wardrobe, this is going to be worn a lot!

IMG_1392About the Manos del Uruguay yarn. The new Clara yarn [linked above] is lovely to work with – the colourway that I chose immediately stood out to me due to the tonal blues and teals in it. I love Manos yarn because of their story and the fact that they are a non-profit organization. I’m not sure many people know about their mission and idealogy but if you’re interested in learning more, I would highly encourage you to head over to their website and have a look.

As a singles, Merino and hand-dyed yarn, the Clara yarn was really lovely to work with and the resulting shawl really sings. It has lovely drape, as a loosely knit singles yarn generally does. It washed beautifully and blocked easily. It wasn’t over twisted or too low in twist that it was falling apart. I can honestly say it was just perfect. I needed a sharper needle (used my Knitters’ Pride Cubics) as I found I was splitting it with my dull, wooden needle.

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For the border, I used some stash yarn left over from my Sunlit Shawl. It was a good match. I just love the look of the drop stitches in this pattern – so lovely!

Thank you to Stitch Craft Marketing and Manos del Uruguay for giving me the chance to review the new Clara yarn. It was really lovely to work with and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a singles yarn for your project.

Happy Knitting :)

-Rachel

5 thoughts on “a Clara Laylow.

  1. I never knew their story or really looked at their yarns – both are amazing! I wish I had noticed Manos sooner…at least I can make up for lost time with my wallet :)

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