The Balayage yarn was the product of the idea to develop a high-quality yarn in accordance with a specific colour concept. Pacuali wanted to create colours that provide unlimited creative options and flow harmoniously into one another, almost as if dyed by hand. This gave rise to a yarn that is excellent for shawls but, of course, for any other knitting project too, and is particularly well suited to colour techniques such as jacquard or Fair Isle.
A well-known designer, Melanie Berg, @Mairlynd, contributed to the development of this yarn concept from the beginning. Important key skills such as her instinct for colours and talent for creating appealing colour palettes together with our expertise in producing high-quality and exclusive yarns, are therefore combined in one yarn: Balayage.
Balayage is made from 80% baby alpaca and 20% virgin wool, organic merino in extra-fine 21.5 micron, free from mulesing, of course.
The ball of wool weighs 1.76 oz (50 g) and has a length of 190 yds (175 m). Perfect knitting results are achieved with 3 U.S. (3.25 mm ~10 UK) knitting needles.
Why is it called Balayage? The term comes from the salon industry and refers to a hair colouring technique in which a particular colour gradient is achieved on the hair. This colour gradient principle embodies the colours of Balayage. Colour groups of four colours are designed to work together and can be combined with colours from the other groups to achieve a contrast. The colours are inspired by the variety of colours in Peru and are named after places in Peru.
The unique nature of the yarn, i.e. the mixture of white organic merino wool fibres with white and grey baby alpaca wool, creates a mottled grey tone (colour 617 Ishinca). The colour gradient effect is supported within the individual threads and very natural colour accents along the lines of hand dyeing techniques.
Ombré colour idea photographs are for reference only and show how beautifully these colours work together.
You can also see more colour ideas with the hand-dyed and solid colour Balayage together
80% Camelid – Alpaca
20% wool – merino
Fingering / 4 ply
191 yards (175 meters)
50 grams (1.76 ounces)
28.0 sts = 4 inches
US 3 – 3.25 mm
3.25 mm (D)