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JULY 2009
Jul 28 S. Charles Collezione Ceylon


Collezione Ceylon


S. Charles Collezione
100% silk

dry cleaning recommended
aran weight, 18st/4" on US size 7
25g, 68yds

sample color: nasturtium

This is a ribbon, or "rickrack" yarn, as I dub it, flattened and textured. It was crunchy on squeezing in the ball, but otherwise didn't scream "silk" to me. The suggested gauge is 18 st/4", and I started with my usual "two down"--that is, size 5s. After a row or two it seemed that the swatch wasn't going to make it to 4" wide, so I started again with 6s, this time making an attempt to put a little air between the cast-on stitches. When all was said and done, apparently the 5s would have been the right course (for me, that is).

The yarn has no give, and doesn't slip by itself easily. I didn't split it, but if you knit tightly, you could have an unpleasant time of it. Momaja said her wrists hurt; she got the correct gauge of 18st/4".

Swatch: Longtail cast on, 20 st.
k,p repeat, three rows, then stockinette:
*p row, k row*

Collezione Ceylon preblockPreblock-->
With size 6 needles:

4-1/2"(W) x 3-1/8"(H)
11rows/2" --> 22rows/4"

The instructions say "dry cleaning recommended." If I were to buy this, it would have to stand up to hand washing, so I had no qualms about dunking it.

Soaked in cold water and a little dish soap, and the the dye ran after a little while. Rolled in a towel and then patted out to dry. No pins were necessary to keep it flat.




Collezione Ceylon postblock

<--After Block:
4-3/4"(W) x 2-7/8"(H)
10rows/2" --> 20rows/4"

My gauge with 6s is a little loose. It looks great, I think, but I know that silk tends to stretch (only when wet?), so I don't know whether I would take the chance and work this loosely. There is very little definition, making it hard to count, so take the appropriate steps.

I was very pleased with this swatch's very light and drapey, "barely there" quality. I was surprised at this because the sample garment looks more structured than this yarn could accomplish; I think it is an illusion by virtue of it being a jacket with hems. On the other hand, maybe that extra .5 stitch per inch puts a little more starch in this fabric!

I even looked through Ravelry a bit for the perfect little special occasion tee. In my opinion, it would have to be a pattern without collars or details that need body. In the end, I am probably just fantasizing here--I am a little offended that this is only a 25g skein.


Sample Garments

Collezione Ceylon garment