Yarn: Berroco Lustra, 50% Wool/50% Tencel aran weight yarn in Aubergine
Needles: 4.5 mm / US 7
Gauge: 5 sts and 5 rows per inch
Stitch Pattern: Three-and-One Pattern
Source: BW1, p. 94.
Comments: This is a pretty basic slipped-stitch pattern which gives a very nice texture. It is not, however, done justice by this rather unpleasant yarn. I got this sample of it from a colleague - it's made up of several long-ish lengths, leftover from a capelet she just made. The yarn is single-ply, loosely spun, and with zero memory. Stretch it too much, and it simply breaks. Its very soft, sure, and it has a nice shine to it (if you like that sort of thing), but it is not likely to hold up to much. And what is tencel anyway?! Actually, I know this one - Lyocell (the generic version of the trademarked Tencel) is mashed up wood pulp, which is then chemically broken down into sludge, squeezed through a sieve-like thing to make it into long strands, and then spun into fibre. Doesn't that sound like something you want to knit with? (not that I'm a natural-fibres snob or anything...) ;)