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Use Sari Silk Yarn to Create Everyday Luxuries
Recycled Sari Silk Yarn - Add Exotic Spice to Your Life
Do you admire the saturated color and rich texture of Indian Saris and silk fabric? If you do, you will love this yarn. Sari silk yarn makes the most of these gorgeous fabrics by recycling the ends left from weaving luxurious saris and spinning it into yarn. It has a myriad of applications and can be used to create anything from scarves to clothing or to add a decorative touch to household items. It is both lavish and eco-friendly - a wonderful combination that is rare and appealing for a wide range of people.
Once you're hooked, you will find excuses to use it everywhere. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use this yarn, including patterns and places to get a great skein of your own.
Working with Sari Silk yarn
Knitting or crocheting with this yarn is a whole new experience, so here are some tips that will help you out along the way.
There is no stretch.
As with many silk yarns, there is very little give. Most yarns are also single plied, so there is even less wiggle room. When knitting or crocheting with it, keep this in mind from the start. Patterns that rely on negative ease are probably not a good choice. Simply knitting looser will help along the way, especially with stitches that require increases. Make sure to swatch!
Factor in the weight beforehand.
It's is heavy. Think about other heavy yarns like some cottons. It gives a magnificent drape, but it not appropriate for fitted patterns since it will hang awkwardly when it should hug the body.
It might need prep.
This yarn is spun from the ends of dozens of beautiful saris. In collecting the ends, many times other things get swept up with the silk. The largest culprit would be very small twigs. A quick wash beforehand will go far. As you work with it, simply run it through your fingers as you go to catch everything else.
How to use your yarn - Here are some of my favorite patterns that use this sumptuous yarn to the fullest.
- Diagonal Drop Stitch Scarf - Knit
I designed this scarf specifically using sari silk yarn (pictured above). Beautifully shows off colors.
- Crescent Shawl - Knit
This is a free Ravelry pattern that is entirely worth it.
- Tied Up Scarf - Knit
Another free Ravelry pattern that makes use of the thick and thin of many types of yarns to great effect. Also keeps in mind the questionable yardage of some skeins.
- "Unbiased" Bag - Knit
Free pattern that takes advantage of a yarn that doesn't stretch to make a purse that can withstand actual use.
- Hobo Purse - Crochet
Another easy bag, this time for crochet.
- Recycled Sari Silk Mittens - Knit
Chase the winter blues away with these bright mittens.
- Recycled Silk Long Sleeved Jumper - Knit
Heavy and warm - perfect for cold weather and dark days.
- Silky Strumming Strap - Crochet
Jazz up your instrument with a sari silk strap.
Need some visual help?
Here's a couple quick videos that show you some ways to use your new yarn.
Want more buying options? - Who doesn't? Get it on Amazon too!
Sari silk yarn isn't all multicolored - you can buy hanks of delicious single colors or skeins in all different tones of the same color family.