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  • Jena - June First Friday Project
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Jena - June First Friday Project
We unveiled the June First Friday project last week - Jena, a fun little top inspired by Eileen Fisher.  I've talked before about how I like simple shapes, and this is an example of how to choose a beautiful yarn and let it take the lead.
Berroco Mykonos is a yarn with a bit of a split personality.  It's a cotton linen fiber mix with a wrapped construction.  In the hank and in the knitted fabric it has a lovely drape, but the yarn itself is a little bit stiff.  The downside of that stiffness is that it resists staying wound in a ball, and it can demonstrate a significant independence as you work with it.  The upside is that when you do knit with it, Mykonos keeps its shape, so there's an openness to the fabric even at gauge.
That open fabric is cool and breathable and absolutely perfectly delicious against your skin - especially for summer.  Jena is worked at an even looser gauge for a more open fabric with which Mykonos is perfectly cooperative.  
With this and any other sweaters or accessories worked in Mykonos,  I recommend a firm steam blocking to bring out the best in the fabric. 
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