Yarn Profile: Schachenmayr Mohana
With its mottled texture, heathered colors, and cotton, mohair, merino, and polyamid content, Mohana threw me for a loop. Was it a winter or summer yarn? More cotton than wool, or vice-versa? Bulky or lightweight?
Still, it's best to make sure your swatch tension is as close to your real-life tension as possible before you even begin, and adjust needles if necessary.
Rather than being blended together into one cohesive material, the different fibers are brought together at the spinning stage. Two strands of an extremely strong binder thread hold the mix together with almost battleship-like firmness.
Mohana is available in a small range of colors, each of which is composed of white fibers spun together with the colored ones. All the colors err on the heathered, earthy side.
Unlike many other multitextured yarns I've tried, Mohana knit up without any snags or noticeable problems. The yarn has no elasticity, so I switched to birch needles for a tighter grip. I made speedy progress.
Blocking / Washing
Yet the fibers bloomed, giving the swatches a distinct halo usually reserved for the more wintry merinos and mohairs.
Once the swatches were blocked and dry, I assessed the damage: My swatch gauge had expanded from 4.5 stitches to 4 stitches per inch, an expansion of approximately 12 percent. Keep this in mind as you plan the sizing of any Mohana garment.
The cotton and polyamid make it ideal for, say, a homesick Vermont native currently residing in Florida. The untrained eye will see a cuddly winter sweater, while the wearer can endure warmer temperatures without discomfort.
Even the happiest of fiber blends can come apart when the going gets rough, but not so with Mohana. Initial signs of wear came in the form of tiny white popcorn-like pills that were only visible up close.
The swatches got fuzzier and slightly rumpled with wear, but the yarn's slubby and multicolored nature otherwise concealed any serious signs of degradation.
But I'd be more likely to use it for a winter scarf -- or, to be totally indulgent, an afghan -- where I wanted wintry fluff and softness that wouldn't overwhelm my internal thermostat.
On a sweater, the yarn will stretch with wear and need to be washed and reblocked somewhat regularly. But on a scarf or blanket, you can just relax and let nature take its course.
15% kid mohair
18 stitches and 26 rows per 4 inch (10 cm) square on US 7 or 8 needles
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Weight/Yardage per Skein
50g. / 110 yards
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Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Hand wash, dry flat, do not bleach, do not iron.
Color used in review