Project Inspiration: Rheinlust
Some of you locals have seen me working away on this project, and now that it's finished I am so excited to share it with you! The Rheinlust Shawl is a dreamy design by Melanie Berg, and out of everything I've ever knit for myself- this is easily my favorite.
The Rheinlust pattern is $5.53, and it requires 942 yards of a fingering weight yarn. That leaves you with a lot of options.
Notes worth mentioning before I give you a few yarn suggestions: Not meeting the suggested stitch and row gauge (9 sts x 19 rows = 2“ x 2“) will change the amount of yarn needed to finish. Adjustments to the size can be made by including or excluding more or less pattern repeats, which will again change the amount of required yarn. This pattern is both written out and charted, so you can follow your preference!
As I was browsing the shop's wide variety of fingering weight yarns, I managed to narrow the options down to four that I felt best complemented the shawl's stitch pattern and style. I'll share them with you now, beginning with the least expensive choices and ending with the high-end option that ultimately won me over.
In the $42 - $46 range, you can use 4 skeins of Vail or Villa... Which was my backup plan for this project! Both yarns are baby alpaca and bamboo blends, and the difference is Vail is available is natural undyed shades, and Villa is all bright jewel tone colors. The fiber blend lends an incredible amount of drape, luster, and softness- proving that bamboo can be an affordable alternative to silk.
For $48, you can grab yourself 4 skeins of Alpaca Merino, which has a sophisticated color palette to draw you in and a softness that will seal the deal. The alpaca fiber gives the finished piece drape and the slightest halo- which adds to the softness but doesn't subtract from or hide the stitch pattern.
For $57, 3 skeins of Alpaca Sox will do the trick. This yarn is available in a wide range of colorways, but to effectively show off Rheinlust's stitch pattern- stick to the solid or tonal colors, and save the more colorful variegated options for your next pair of socks. Alpaca Sox has all of the soft drapey perks of alpaca fiber, but with a pinch of wool and nylon for added strength and durability.
If you can swing the $138 range, go ahead and treat yourself to 6 skeins of Asia. It's heavenly. There are plenty of options with drape and luster, but this silk & yak blend is superior to all. I am at a loss for words to describe how soft it feels. It's truly amazing. But... it's also $23 a skein. I just couldn't help myself! Asia satisfied everything I wanted for this shawl. While it cost me a pretty penny- I don't regret a thing! Having this shawl finished in one of the most luxurious yarns I've ever felt was 100% worth the price. I've worn this shawl every day since I finished it, and I don't plan on slowing down!! Unfortunately there are currently only 3 colorways of Asia that have enough in stock to finish a Rheinlust- but they are beautiful, and perfect for someone... is that someone you? Those three colors are #13, #64, and #48.
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