>Those who know me too well might assume that Dove in the title refers to the Mars brand confections. And although I would never refuse any smooth, sweet foil-wrapped pillows of Dove chocolate (or a Dove ice cream bar), those delicacies are the topic for another day. So get your minds out of the candy aisle.
This is Tahki Dove
, new for this season and available in a sophisticated palette of shades as delicious as the candy. Dove works to worsted gauge, but the staggering 163 yards (150 m) per 1.75 ounce (50 g) ball (twice as much yardage as other traditional worsted weight yarns) tells you the story. This is incredibly lightweight stuff. The magic is in the construction. Dove has a teeny nylon chain at its core, which provides strength and stability. This air-core is Z-twist wrapped with a sumptuous blend of extrafine Merino wool and alpaca. Dove looks and behaves like a single (yarn that is not plied, but spun as one strand) and has a soft, fulled appearance while offering amazing stitch definition. That might sound like a contradiction, crocheted fabric that is both fuzzy and defined. But take a close look at the stitch pattern in the “Unchain My Heart” tunic. How gorgeous is that?
Dove’s airiness is a boon for crocheters who wish to make garments in larger sizes. This tunic requires a mere 10 ounces or so of yarn (6 balls) for a size 2X (52″ finished bust).
And, coming soon in the winter issue of Interweave Crochet, look for another design in Dove that is a major contender in the category “stylish warmth without weight”.