Knit in a Flash with Cotton Lustre

Wow! That was quick…….I’ve just finished knitting Riko, one of the latest designs by Sarah Hatton, using Cotton Lustre, a new yarn for Spring/Summer from Rowan.

Riko Front V3

Riko is a reversible slouchy top with a boat neck on one side and a plunging V neck on the other. I decided to knit Riko because I loved the idea of a top that could be worn either way…….V front or V back…..kind of making it two tops in one! Here’s the V-back neckline front view………

Riko, V-back front view

Riko, V-back front view

The boat neck side has an attractive rib running vertically from the neck which opens out to a cute little split a few inches before the hem.

Riko Back View

The main body is knitted in reverse stocking stitch with short grown on sleeves which help to make it a quick knit along with the fact that Cotton Lustre knits on 6mm (US 10) needles. Also, I love the way the shoulders incorporate short rows to shape the shoulder slope with each side cast off together giving the top an extra design element plus less sewing up to do….I’m all up for that!


Shoulders showing short row shaping and cast off edge that sits along top of shoulder line.

I did change the design a little bit…….I just can’t help myself! I shaped the waist slightly by decreasing stitches and then increasing again and also went down one needle size to 5mm around the smallest part of my waist. 


Also, I omitted the short row shaping just after the ribbed hem as I did not like the way the wrapped stitches appeared. I tried to hide the wraps but found it impossible to do on the reverse stocking stitch side. It’s easy to do on the knit side.

Cotton Lustre yarn itself is a tape-style yarn, which is very popular again this season, and is very easy to knit with.


You can see from the picture below that it is a knitted tube that has been flattened.


Close up of a couple of strands of Cotton Lustre

Although when it is knitted up you would never know that it was constructed in that way……..

CLustre Rev StStitch

Cotton Lustre worked in reverse stocking stitch with centre ribbing

CLustre StStitch

Cotton Lustre worked in stocking stitch

You get a bit worried at first as the yarn twists on the needles as you knit and think you should try to keep it untwisted but it makes no difference to the final result.

Cotton Lustre is a blend of  55% cotton (55%), modal (35%) and linen (10%) which gives it an amazingly soft feel and beautiful drape when knitted and is actually very cool to wear. It comes in 10 shades with the lighter ones having more of an obvious sheen.

Cotton Lustre Shades

Cotton Lustre Shades

My only issue with this yarn is it is very easy to snag. If you have a tiny weeny hang nail on one of your fingers while knitting the chances are you will pull one of the fine threads from the knitted tape. The only good thing though was the thread did not snap even though I managed to pull it quite a long way!

Riko can be found in the Cotton Lustre brochure along with 13 simple seamless sleeve sweaters, vests and textured cardigans……


Cotton Lustre, front cover featuring ‘Ran’, textured cardigan

 And now that I have used this yarn I would also like to knit Yuri in the shade Daisy……



………if I can find the time!

Additionally, two Cotton Lustre designs can be found along with two Summerlite 4 ply designs and two Tetra Cotton designs in the Rowan Summer Selects New Yarns brochure…….


To view the full collection click here. You can purchase the patterns individually at £4.00 each, or buy all six patterns as an entire collection for £12.00. Did you know you can buy some patterns online from Rowan?

I would love to knit Vervaine in Tetra Cotton, designed by Lisa Richardson, in the blue shade ‘Como’ …..



I have written previously about Cotton Lustre and the other new spring/summer 2015 yarns; if you would like to read this post please click here.

Do let me know if you have used any of the new Rowan yarns, what you knitted and what you thought……click on ‘leave a reply’ at the bottom of this post.

I just love quick summer knitting!

Riko side back