We continue our yarn spotlight this week with Organik, a single ply worsted weight yarn that we feel, sadly, does not get its fair share of accolades!
Organik began its life as a single ply 70% Organic New Zealand Wool, 15% Alpaca, and 15% Silk and had a different “hand” than most other Fibre Co. yarns. In early 2007, the “new” Organik with 70% Organic Merino, 15% Alpaca, and 15% Silk and its corresponding colors were introduced to the market and we have never looked back!
Organik has the least Alpaca content of all of Fibre Co. yarns, and its mostly merino content makes it great for items that need great stitch definition and/or a lot of structure and shape. Think sweaters, cables, hats, mittens, Fair Isle…pretty much anything you can think of! And, unlike many other single ply merino-based yarns, the 30% alpaca and silk helps this single ply from pilling horribly. (The silk works double duty by also adding some nice sheen as well!)
One pattern that shows off the versatility of Organik is Kate’s Herringbone Pullover. (Ravel it!). The slipped stitch colorwork on the front of the sweater looks great in the sharp contrast of Loam (dark brown) and Arctic Tundra (white) and the stitch definition makes the herringbone pattern really pop. The sleeves and back of the sweater are in stockinette stitch, which looks really great in the evenly spun yarn.
Another project that really shows off the versatility of Organik is the 6th Street Scarf (Ravel it!) by Justine Moody of Angelfire Studios. The 6th Street Scarf takes just 4 skeins of Organik, so it would also be a great last minute gift for the holidays!