What do I need to know about silk yarn?
Temptation is a unique Japanese silk yarn, made with unspun reeled filaments of Tussah silk barely twisted. It is very fragile, so make sure your nails and hands are smooth. But don't put lotion on your hands right before using it, or it will stain the silk. The yarn may snag, but if it does, ignore it and move on. When you finish, move all the snags to the back of the work with a crochet hook.
What needles should I use for silk yarn?
Because the yarn is barely twisted, it may split, so make sure your needles are ultra smooth and not too pointy. I suggest metal or plastic needles, such as Addi Turbos or Pony Pearls. If you use wooden needles, I suggest you use needles from Lantern Moon. But even with the smoothest needles, splits may occur. If so, redo those stitches and move on. Do not fret; although this may seem onerous, the results are worth it! All three pillows use slip stitches. When slipping, always slip as if to purl. Always hold your yarn to the back when working the RS and the front when working the WS. All three pillows have multiple colours. Do not cut MC, but rather run it up the side, twisting it around the CC every other row. Cut the CC after each Repeat section.
20"/51 cm x 20"/51 cm
• Classic Elite Temptation (100% silk) each skein 3.5 oz/100 g, 110 yds/100 m
• 2 skeins Green (MC); 1 skein each in Red (A), Pastel Pink (B) and Kitty Pink (C)
• Size US 7 (4.5 mm) needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
• Tapestry needle
• Crochet hook
• 20"/51 cm x 20"/51 cm pillow form
16 stitches and 27 rows over 4"/10 cm in pattern stitch
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