"As a native of New England and a knitter, I enjoy a good, snowy wintermy reason for loving wool yarn. When it finally does warm up, I'm faced with a problemwhat to knit and what kind of yarn to use? CEY Cotton Bam Boo presents unique challenges, but I'm learning that this yarn has alchemical properties for an emerging designer! My swatch in confirms my suspicionsthis yarn is cool and SLINKY! It drapes beautifully and seems cool to the touch, exactly the sort of thing for something to slip on as the mercury rises.
"As for stitch patterns, this year has been a real "cable moment" for mealmost everything I've made or been attracted to has had a cable in it. Cotton Bam Boo isn’t the sort of yarn that calls out for cables. In fact, its slippery nature can make cabling a challenge. But I wanted to give it a go anyway, and I like the result. The single cables that I used remind me of rope or the lines left behind in the sand after waves recede. The crossings are flat and almost imperceptible, but the panel makes an interesting edge and adds dimension to the smooth fabric. To make the cabling easier, I used a bamboo double-pointed needle as a cable needle to prevent the stitches from slipping off."
Cirilia Rose designs, knits, and studies in Western Massachusetts. You can read more about Cirilia on her blog.
Cotton Bam Boo 52% cotton, 48% bamboo
The blend of cotton and bamboo makes a great warm weather yarn. It is soft and cool to the touch and has a slight sheen. It knits up at six stitches to the incha gauge that allows for delicate stitch work and lovely lightweight drape.
Cirilia’s tank uses a right slant and left slant within the cable trim. By using the cable panel directly on the edge, the cable crossings soften and become a subtle detail. Cables worked as a vertical panel surrounded by purl stitches are sculpted and dimensional. But worked in a drapey fabric and curling over the edge, they look quite different. When swatching cables for your own original designs, try playing with different backgrounds for different effects. Garter and seed stitches make great backdrops for cables. And crossing stitches on a stockinette stitch fabric without benefit of a separate background can make an interesting, discreet texture.
Learn how to create cables.