17.75 (20, 22.5) in/45 (51, 57) cm circumference; 8.75 (9.5, 10.25) in/22 (24, 26) cm depth (depth adjustable)
Jill Draper Makes Stuff Mini Empire (100% Rambouillet wool; 213 yds/195 m per 4 oz/113 g); Mogul Emerald: 1 skein OR 213 yds/195 m Aran weight yarn.
US8/5 mm 16 in/60 cm circular needle or one size smaller than gauge needle
US9/5.5 mm 16 in/60 cm circular needle or size needed for correct gauge
US9/5.5 mm double pointed needles
16.5 sts & 24 rows = 4 in/10 cm in stockinette stitch in the round, blocked.
5 stitch markers; yarn needle
About the Yarn
Mini Empire is the same yarn as Empire, wound into 4 oz/113g skeins (vs. Empire’s 27.15 oz/770g mega skeins). Jill Draper Makes Stuff Empire is an Aran weight Rambouillet wool yarn spun from fleece raised in New York State, spun in New England, and dyed in Jill’s Hudson Valley studio. The gentle processing lets the fibre retain its woolly character, while Empire’s 4-ply construction and Rambouillet’s crimp structure make for a lively, springy yarn with excellent stitch definition, perfect for Ministik’s cables and twisted stitches. Rambouillet is a relative of Merino, so the fabric will be soft enough to wear next to the skin for most people. At the same time, this wool’s longer staple and the yarn’s multiple plies make Empire much more resistant to pilling than most Merino yarns. If you are looking to use a different yarn for Ministik, look for a springy, multiple ply, Aran weight yarn in a semi-solid or solid colour with good stitch definition that is comfortable against the wearer’s skin.