Classic Elite Yarns



Issue 305 – Aura knit in Mesa

Recently, a few of us at CEY made the knitter's pilgrimage to Kristin Nicholas' farm to experiment with color and get a wonderful embroidery tutorial from Kristin herself. I was immediately charmed by the embellishments on our practice swatches. My mind started racing – I've already made so many projects that could be enhanced with a little embroidery.

At almost the exact same time Talitha sent me an e-mail. Her Aura bag was ready for the Web-Letter, but she wanted to add a little something extra. An embroidered slug could be just the thing, she said. Perfect! That was exactly how I imagined using my new embroidery skills.

Aura uses three different stitches for the slug, in a motif that's the perfect size for sampling a few stitches. If a slug isn't the decoration for you, use the bag as a blank canvas to add your own original embellishment.

Meg Myers

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The Yarn

100% cotton

Mesa, a soft and sumptuous 100% cotton with tone on tone kettle dyed effect, is available in 14 coordinating sunbaked colors. Outstanding stitch definition makes Mesa perfect for cables, lace and or just plain stockinette. With a gauge of 4½ stitches per inch and 85 yards on each ball, an average sweater can be knit with only 9 balls. Projects worked in Mesa are sure to become some of your favorites – like a pair of faded jeans that fit just right.

Practice Embroidery

After the last stich is bound off and last end hidden, our projects don't necessarily have to be finished. Embellishing is the perfect way to liven up your projects by adding color, texture and even illustrations to your knitting. We learned at Kristin's farm that embroidery is actually quite straightforward and enjoyable. You can learn from her too by visiting her YouTube channel. We practiced on stockinette stitch squares, but any small project (like Talitha's Aura bag!) can be your canvas.

The projects below, a mix of past Web-Letters and designs from our booklets, use a variety of embellishments. Work the patterns as written, or mix patterns and embelishments for a unique project, like an iPad sleeve with a confetti of French knots or scarf with a slug inching across the bottom.

Brie Sebastian Gloves Classic Silk iPad Sleeve Inca Alpaca Set Alfie Set Petunia

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