Now I know what other knitters mean when they say cashmere is like butter. Noro Cash Island is 30% cashmere and it is the softest yarn I have ever encountered. Knitting it is like sinking your fingers into rich, high quality butter. Minus the greasy oily feel.
There is very little stitch definition - I suspect cable and lace stitches would be lost in this yarn. I'm also interested to see how hard wearing - or not - the fabric turns out to be.
I tried knitting the Head Huggers Spiral Knit Cap as I thought it would showcase the colour changes of this yarn. I should have followed my instincts that said that casting on 30 stitches was simply too few to make an adult-sized hat. I can just squeeze the hat over my head, but it is really child sized. I am also far from impressed by the look of the asymmetrical join. I will be passing this hat onto my favourite four-year-old who will not appreciate the yummy expensive goodness of this yarn but will hopefully enjoying wearing it in all its soft glory. At least I only used up one ball of yarn! (Pictures to be added later)
If I knit this style again, I will probably cast on about 45-50 stitches and knit about 100 rows. I'll use a provisional cast-on and join using the Kitchener stitch.
My next use of this yarn will be for the ZigZag modular scarf.