Every week I am asked at least two or three times what my favorite yarn in the store is. So I figured it would be fun to write a blog about my favorite yarn. However, deciding my favorite is incredibly difficult. How can I narrow it down to just one yarn when there are so many fantastic yarns from which to choose? Generally speaking, at any given time, I have at least three favorite yarns, and they tend to change with whatever yarn I’m currently using. While the two out of the three yarns can change by the week, there is one yarn that consistently makes my top three: Ella Rae Lace Merino.
Now, don’t let the name fool you. This is not a lace yarn. Ella Rae Lace Merino is a light fingering weight yarn with a whopping 460 yards per skein. It’s plied heavily, which means it holds up incredibly well for whatever you want to knit. It has a wonderful spring to it while you’re knitting and it has a lot of body, so you don’t have to worry about your projects stretching out after wear. I’ve used this yarn for practically everything you can imagine. I’ve knitted hats, scarves, sweaters, gloves, etc from this yarn and each one still holds up even after years of wear. I also love the dyeing of the yarn. Some of the colorways are crazy and fun with highly variegated colors while others feature subtle tonal changes. Even the yarns that appear to be totally solid in the hank lend an ever-so-slight variation to your project. So you’re bound to find something for whatever you want.
One of my favorite projects I have out of Ella Rae Lace Merino is my linen stitch scarf. Because this is such a dense stitch, you need a really light weight yarn for the project lest you end up with an incredibly bulky scarf. Now, bulky scarves do have their place, just not usually in Oklahoma. This scarf is light weight while still being warm. Another great thing about this pattern is that you can totally customize it to meet whatever end result you want. I used the Cerus Scarf pattern as a template, but cast on 525 stitches with a size 5 needle to achieve a longer scarf. Personally, I think this pattern looks best when it’s knit length-wise, but feel free to make this scarf entirely your own. If you’re interested in knitting this scarf for yourself, just click here to get started. And feel free to stop in to check out all of the beautiful colors of Ella Rae Lace Merino! -Michael