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Yarn and Pattern Review: EsTeresa Aura DK

I think I have a new DK favourite. No wait. I KNOW it!

The mother and daughter team at EsTeresa Yarn Creations, are doing an absolute brilliant job in the dying of their yarns. It is a pure joy to look at, and an even great joy to work with it. Aura is a stunning blend of 60% Merino, 20% Superfine Alpaca, and 20% Kid Mohair. It is luxuriously soft. You don’t feel any scratchy mohair at all. It is super-soft! The twist of the yarn is perfectly on the happy medium. The twist is high enough to yield a yarn that doesn’t split, but low enough to yield a yarn with a very soft hand. Absolutely perfect.  At 200m to 100g, this is the perfect DK yarn for your next special project. These yarns are not dyed to a fixed colour chart, which makes it even more special. And at R145 for a 100g hank, it isn’t unaffordable either. For such a special blend of natural fibres, and such special colours, it is actually cheap.

So what did I do with it?

I took the two hanks shown above, to do the Lucy Hat with. This is what the Lucy Hat looks like. The designer is Carina Spencer and you will find a lot of her stunning designs on Ravelry.

Will you believe me if I tell you, I made TWO hats and I still have yarn left over to make something else?

The grey hat is made in the large size, and the wine-red one, in the small size.

The new baby in the family will get a small jumper or something from the left over wool!

So is this pattern worth paying $5 for? Yes! Yes! Yes!

The pattern is well written and error free. It is an economical pattern too considering the yarn usage. The hat is comfortable and it displays beautifully. The pattern isn’t difficult either. This is the perfect pattern to buy, if you want to get into short row knitting. The short row section is small, but enough to get you into the hang of things.

Did I change anything on the pattern? Yes. I don’t like wrap and turn short rows, I did German short rows instead. That is ALL! It’s the only change I made and it’s just preference, nothing else.

I think this is a brilliant pattern, from a brilliant designer, and I used amazing yarn to make it with.

So go right ahead! Buy the pattern so long! The new batch of EsTeresa Aura DK will be available online, later this week. It is still in transit. The first batch sold so fast!

Pardon my selfies; I am not a good photographer of selfies, nor am I a perfect model. But hey! Who cares? It’s all about the yarn and the pattern!

I love my hat!