Amelie by Illimani is a beautiful blown yarn that combines mulberry silk and baby alpaca. Amelie is a beautiful yarn that’s nice to work with. Easy going and versatile.
Amelie is one of the modern construction yarns They start with a fine strand of silk that’s knitted into an i-cord. Then they take alpaca fibers and blow them into the tube. The silk tube, like all knitted fabric, has space between the stitches where the soft alpaca make their way just barely through the silk. Touching Amelie is like stroking a kitten. Only softer.
Amelie has a subtle but wonderfully complex, almost 2-tone appearance. You can see both the tube and the fibers inside, so there is a lovely consistent level of contrast through the yarn. It’s noticeable enough to be interesting, but not so much as to be distracting to any stitch work. In fact, Amelie has great stitch definition, which is unusual for a yarn this soft. It lends interest and sophistication to plain stockinette and its shadow effect showcases cables and knit-purl patterns beautifully.
Amelie is especially nice for cables because it’s so light. Each plush skein gives you 164 yards but weighs just 50 grams. Most yarns with a recommended gauge of 16 stitches per 4 inches would have about half that yardage. Amelie is not only kitten soft, but feather light.
The recommended gauge for Amelie is 15-16 stitches per 4”, but I have swatched it much tighter and much looser. It is happy at both ends of the spectrum.