I’m pleased to present our latest yarn, Aten. It hit the online shop just last week.
Aten is a golden yarn with a brilliant shine, especially under sunlight.
Like all our yarn and fiber, Aten does not contain any dyes. It’s made from 100% Muga silk, a naturally golden variety of silk.
The raw silk is produced by Muga silkworms, which have been raised by people in the Indian state of Assam for thousands of years. (Learn more on the Fauna section of our website.)
Aten is a lace weight, slightly textured yarn, with noils at some parts. It is dense and feels soft without being slippery – giving it a great drape. Each cone contains about 1.2 oz of yarn, or about 370 yards.
One of the things I like most about Aten is its versatility. You can, of course, break out the tiny lace-knitting needles, but it also works wonderfully as a carry-along yarn, creating a beautiful marled effect. I used the yarn both ways when knitting the Diaphanous Raglan — a cute, cropped sweater with fluttery lace sleeves. (I went full drama with the bell sleeve, but the pattern also offers short-sleeved options!)
The raglan pictured here was made with Aten and our yarn Nebelung, which gets its steel gray color from carbonized bamboo and Coopworth sheep wool.
I can’t wait to see how others use Aten to add a bit of glamour and shine to their fiber art projects!