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Classic Elite's Fortuna comes in summery shades that have a tone-on-tone dye effect. The same wonderful drape and fabulous fiber combination as self-striping Bella Lino—a lovely blend of linen, viscose and cotton, Fortuna is a versatile DK weight yarn that's the perfect choice for lightweight, cool garments. Made in Italy
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I am making a long tunic from this yarn after making three others from 100% linen products. Coming right off an entire summer of knitting 100% linen, this yarn feels much softer and is less strenuous to knit (although I love 100% linen...it is my favorite summer yarn!). I am using a fine gauge: 6.4 st. per inch and 10 rows per inch on size 1.5 needles. It is working up beautifully with subtle, relatively quick, tonal color changes that are different enough to give interest, but not so high-contrast as to make pooling a concern.
There is enough linen in the product to give the fabric a 'linen-y' feel, with some drape-ability, but a softer hand than 100% linen. The only down side to the yarn is the extreme changes in the thickness of the yarn. They are not frequent enough to seem deliberate, but there are too many of them to feel accidental, so I'm caught in between a regular yarn and a thick-thin yarn. I would prefer a more consistent thickness. Throughout most of the garment, the stitch tension is very even (unlike with the 100% linen yarn, which shows every, tiny variation in tension). However, when the great, fuzzy thick places appear in the yarn, they definitely impact the evenness of the tension.
I would recommend knitting this yarn in stockinette stitch, as the color changes are not as attractive in seed stitch, which I used for the border of the sweater.
I would not only recommend this yarn to others; I would buy it again in a heartbeat, but I have to reduce the size of my stash first. :)
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