If I was to create a top 3 with the yarns I love – the ones you always have to touch in the yarn store – then Mohair is definitely in the first place. I love mohair. It's soft and fluffy - I love to include it as accompanying thread, knit with it as a single thread or even better – double mohair! Double up on deliciousness. And also, it is available in so many beautiful colors. Mohair is really good at absorbing color, which is why it works so well for knitwear in powerful colors.
One of our bestseller designs is the Fluffy Fluffy Sweater, which is knitted in 2 threads mohair and a stripe of glitter to throw some glitter on the everyday life. My favorite color combination is curry (Isager's color 63), copper glitter and stripes in white, pink and yellow.
Back to the mohair. It is referred to as a diamond fiber or a luxury fiber. Just like cashmere, angora and silk. So it is obvious why we love it so much.
The mohair comes from the Angora goats. They originate from Turkey - from the Angora valley. Over time, they have become spread throughout the world. Today, the mohair is produced in South America, the United States and Turkey. An Angora goat produces 5-8 kg. wool a year, so I think we should consider having one outside Önling’s showroom.
Mohair has quite a few attributes, but something that is really cool is that it possesses the same superpowers as silk – mohair is cold when it is hot and hot when it is cold. Also, it does not felt as easily as plain wool. The scales that surround the wool fiber, which are those that make wool felt, are not as developed on the Angora goat and will therefore not felt as easily. Yet, you still have to be careful when washing your mohair.
At Önling we have several kinds of mohair - we have our very own silk mohair, which is called Önling No 10 - which is very light and delicate, and produced by a Italian family-owned spinning mill. We also carry Isagers silk mohair, which you can see here. Lastly we also sell Mohair by Canard's silk mohair. Their mohair is called Brushed Lace, and it comes in many beautiful soft color tones. It's soft as butter and a truly amazing quality. In addition, they cooperate with an organization that ensures that goats and peasants have the best conditions in the production of our luxury.
When we made the Fluffy Fluffy Sweater, we wanted to make a blouse that is light and airy and which uses the many beautiful mohair colors. Just like everything gets better with mohair, everything is also a bit more festive with glitter and we love the glitter yarn from Krea Deluxe, which you can find here.
The latest designs we made in mohair is the Molly Mohair Tee and Chunky t-shirt on needle size 10. They are both designed as light seasonal items, as the silk mohair gives them that light and fluffy look, while it still provides warmth for wearing them through spring and autumn.
Molly Mohair Tee
Molly Mohair Tee is a colorful t-shirt – a lovely, no-frills raglan top with gorgeous stripes. It is worked in 2 strands of Önling No 10, which is a combination of mohair and silk – and as described above, it is a wonderfully light quality for most seasons.
The Chunky t-shirt with puff sleeves
The Chunky t-shirt is a trendy, short-sleeved top with puff sleeves. The top is worked in my new favorite combination, 2 strands of No 12 and 2 strands of No 10 held together. You can buy both the single pattern or the yarn kit for Chunky t-shirt.
This is such a luxurious, light and airy piece, and still easy to control with 4 strands of yarn. I also picture the Chunky t-shirt made in hand-dyed left-over yarns, in delicate pastel colors… the variations are endless.
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Katrine Hannibal, Chief designer at Önling