What Can I Make With: Dromedary
It’s no secret that I’m a fiber fiend. I swoon frequently over yarn: its color, its texture, the ease of knitting with it, or its finished fabric. Especially when I’m making items for someone else, I tend to think forward toward ALL the things I could and want to make with this yarn. That’s kind of where I am with Dromedary.
I decided to knit up the Weldon Wrap with Dromedary for a teacher gift. Instead of using Blue Sky Fibers’ Baby Alpaca (that the pattern calls for, a perfect luscious choice) I needed to shake things up a bit. Plus, I was curious about Dromedary. As it turns out, I’m absolutely loving this yarn. Dromedary comes in huge hanks (290 yards each) of DK-weight yarn. Dromedary is made up of 70% merino wool, 30% camel. This yarn allows the softness of camel to shine. Dromedary has a cable-plied texture (similar to a chainette construction) with helps it maintain lightness and also makes it incredibly easy to work with. All of this amounts to me loving this yarn, and asking myself “what else can I do with this stuff?” The answer? Lots….
One of our knitters just finished her Cline sweater, a roomy pullover with a Dolman sleeve, designed by Julie Hoover. Kathleen’s gorgeous results has me thinking about this lovely sweater all over again, and as it turns out, Dromedary would be a perfect choice for this project. Cline is knit up in pieces and seamed, which has lots of benefits. For a similar look in a seamless top down construction, check out the No Frills Sweater by Petite Knits. This is a bare-bones pattern, written without flourish and lots of instruction, but it’s a completely straightforward top-down sweater that yields a roomy, luxurious sweater that would be divine knit up in Dromedary.
This yarn is incredibly versatile, with beautiful stitch definition and a softness that you want to wear close to the skin, so let’s look at some other fun patterns that would highlight this yarn’s strengths.
Grab a skein of Dromedary pick a little pattern for some fingerless mitts – if you choose wisely you’ll be able to squeeze out two pair, which would be a wonderful and thoughtful gift for teachers (or any of the other people in your life that make it a little easier). I love the Nalu Mitts by Leila Raabe and Red Flannel by Alicia Plummer. Neither of these projects involve intricate designs – they just add a little bit of distinctive detail.
For hats, I’m loving Rilo by Clare Mountain or The Adrian by Armenuhi Khachatryan. Apparently those strong cables are really appealing to me, and I think they’d be best represented with this yarn. Also, both of these patterns would be equally fantastic for a man or a woman, and the projects aren’t burdened with too many cables – they have just enough!
As mentioned above, I’m making the Weldon Wrap with Dromedary. It really is something you want to snuggle up with, so I really want to see it transformed into a big, snuggly shawl or wrap. Also, Weldon’s garter-like texture give it an especially smooshy texture. Check out Shellie Anderson’s pattern Motif, which is written for Shibui’s discontinued yarn Dune. Dromedary is a perfect substitute for Dune. Motif knit up in Dromedary will be even lighter and loftier than a version made of Dune, but it’ll be every bit as soft. Another lovely wrap is the Sideways Bias Triangle by Leslie Weber. This piece is also an ocean of garter stitch, punctuated by a classic and sophisticated cable. This too will be light, lofty, soft, smooshy and chic.
Looking back at my suggestions, I seem to have chosen a number of fuss-free projects. This probably reflects my own needs right now – knitting should be a break from the hubbub of our daily routine. Projects like these will be just that, and the finished result (whether for you or someone else) will offer a bit of relief and comfort when it’s completed.