Let the yarn do the work…
Let’s celebrate the stunning technicolour and multi-textured yarns that make knitting and crochet a wonderful adventure! With these specialist yarns, your garments, accessories and homeware can look stunning even when worked in the simplest stitches!
Kings of Colour!
Noro is where it all began, forty years ago. On a mission to portray the beauty of nature in yarn, Noro yarns were created to be “free from existing concepts and limitations” – and they have stayed true to that wonderful concept.
Using all kinds of fibre – from wool, alpaca, cashmere, silk and mohair – Noro yarns are available in a whole range of weights, and although there are stunning patterns written especially for Noro yarn, even the simplest garter stitch scarf will take on the most fabulous dimensions knitted in a Noro yarn.
We love this gorgeous shawl pattern which you can download for free from Ravelry. The Feather & Fan Comfort Shawl by Sarah Bradberry, and instead of changing colour constantly – knit it in a self striping yarn like King Cole Riot DK!
Other fabulous yarns use similar structure to create wonderful self-striping results! We love Rico Creative Melange Glitz Chunky, the wonderful Classic Elite Yarns Liberty Wool, and Katia Azteca! Nearly every brand offers a self striping yarn, from baby weight to super chunky.
Paints and prints!
Clever yarn designers have brought us painted and printed yarns, which self-pattern in other ways. Some produce a fair isle technique, some create a wider stripe, or a tweed effect. Some are subtly heathered or marled, some are bold bright tonal combinations. Sirdar Crofter DK creates a fabulous fair isle appearance which is achieved by doing absolutely nothing at all (just knitting or crochet as normal!), and the wondrous Sirdar Snuggly Baby Speckle is just one of the Sirdar baby yarns with a print effect.
Fyberspates Vicacious DK is deliciously shot through with tonal hues, and Lang Yarns West is a magnificent super chunky example of a variegated coloured yarn. These fantastic self striping and print yarns will transform your knitting and crochet – from scarves to blankets, from simple stocking stitch cardigans to ribbed tank tops!
Are you a textureholic?
Texture plays a huge part in the items we knit and crochet. Thick and thin yarns are great fun to knit, giving your garments a fabulous look and feel. King Cole Opium produces a fabulous sheer and silky slub style, brilliant for layering.
Rowan Thick n Thin is another yarn that will emphasise the texture of your knitting. Big chunky scarves, shawls and hats look fantastic in this yarn, in its wonderful range of rich shades. We love shade 966, Soapstone, and 963, Old Shale, especially for a warm wintery throw.
These yarns make up into gorgeous blankets and cushion covers too – and the beauty of them is that you don’t need convoluted patterns, simple stocking stitch or even garter stitch will produce a gorgeous result.
We love this pattern for a “90 minute Wasabi Cowl” – knitted here in a wasabi yellow, but we think it would look fantastic made up in Rowan Thick n Thin, or Sirdar Indie Super Chunky, or to really mix things up, try Bergere de France Cyclone!
Bouclé yarn is a fabulously curly textured yarn that knits up beautifully into all sorts of garments and accessories, and is especially cosy when knitted double stranded with another yarn, like this brilliant Easy 3 Button Shawl.
Knit it double stranded – one strand of bouclé yarn with one strand of DK yarn; try Bergere de France Toison or Bergere de France Cosmos – both bouclé yarns that would be fabulous knitted together with Red Heart Fina DK, or King Cole Moods Duet DK, or knit it single stranded with Lion Brand Homespun, a super chunky yarn that is textured and comes in an amazing range of colours!
Next week: Grrrrrr a close look at Fur yarns!
Last updated: October 23rd, 2014.