I have a weakness for any design by Susanna IC. She has a gift for transforming knitted fabric into glorious calligraphy, artfully combining stitches to form broad arcs, dips, and elegant swirls that are as much a joy to knit as the finished shawl is to wear.

Many of Susanna IC’s projects beg for a smooth, three- or four-ply hand-dyed yarn with Merino at the base and a dusting of silk or cashmere (or both) for extra luxury. That’s exactly the yarn specified for Hausti, the project I chose to swatch. It uses Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted, which renders the leaves and lacy edges splendidly.

But just as in calligraphy, the shape of the yarn dictates the kind of drawing you make. I wanted to see how Hausti’s lace and leaves motif would look in other yarn constructions, namely the singles, the two-ply, and the S-on-S cable.

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