Published on March 31st, 2015 | by Angie


Shades we love: perfect purples

We’re looking forward to the April showers that bring May flowers, but some of us lucky ducks can already see spring peeking through the cold ground in the way of crocus flowers and lilies. Here are some perfect purple yarns to brighten up your projects. 


perfect purple yarns


1. Malabrigo Worsted – Violetas

This worsted, aran weight yarn is a beloved standby, perfect for winter mittens, cold weather accessories, and every manner of garment. 100% wool and available in a huge variety of shades, we chose Violetas for its resemblance to a late spring twilight sky, deep purple and thick with the promise of a deliciously hot summer. Malabrigo Worsted is always a good choice to stack your stash up!

2. Debbie Bliss blue Faced Leicester – Heather

A purple that reminds us of cold March mornings and rainy Saturdays, this 100% wool DK weight yarn is a perfect choice to use in any project. Luxurious and soft, this yarn is also machine washable, a dream come true for any knitter who hates hand washing.

3. UK Alpaca Superfine DK – Lilac

This DK weight yarn is spun with a luxurious blend of 70% alpaca and 30% bluefaced leicester wool to create a yarn that’s so soft and strong, you won’t believe your needles. Available in a wide variety of shades, we chose Lilac for its namesake, a softspoken but hearty flower that grows on a bush related to the olive tree species and fills gardens with a sweet scent that attracts happy honeybees from miles around.

4. King Cole Moods duet DK – Heathers

This superwash yarn is high performance and visually arresting with its subtle variegations within each shade. Heathers is a perfect shade to perk up any stash, ranging from gentle lilacs to deep royal hues. Named for the sloping fields of heather flowers in Scotland, this shade makes us yearn for bagpipes, kilts, and long drives in the Scottish countryside.

5. Drops Nepal – Purple

A purple to make your heart sing of summer, this worsted, aran weight yarn is spun with a delightful mix of wool and alpaca. Soft and strong, this yarn is a perfect choice for cold weather knits and housewares, and the available shades range from jewel tones to traditional neutrals and more.

6. Rico Creative Melange Chunky – Purple

We adore this yarn in every shade, but this month the purple stole our hearts. The subtle variegated purples ebb and flow from a rich orchid to a cloud-like lavender, which knits up into a beautiful piece of knitted fabric. This yarn would be a perfect choice for a cabled sweater, to give just enough interest in the shade without overwhelming the cabled pattern.

7. Erika Knight Vintage Wool – Wisteria

Just like the classic climbing wisteria vine, this gentle shade of purple can’t be beat to infuse some fun into your spring knits. Spun with 100% wool, this worsted, aran weight yarn is dyed with environmentally friendly dyes and spun with a wonderful traditional twist that has that coveted homespun look.

8. DMC Metal Chic Belinda – 006

We are obsessed with this yarn, a blend of wool, bamboo, and linen that sighs across your skin, soft and smooth. We love this shade of purple, a lovely spring lilac with just a hint of summer. This yarn has a stunning drape and stitch definition, which can be rare for a chunky, bulky weight yarn. Bonus – this yarn is machine washable!

perfect purple yarns

Feel like green is a bit more your style? Check out our post on Gorgeous Greens!

Which shade of purple do you love? Tell us in the comments!

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Last updated: March 30th, 2015.

6 Responses to Shades we love: perfect purples

  1. Mary Halliday says:

    Have just knitted a handbag for myself (for once) in Drops Nepal Purple, very pleased, the cable patterns are very effective in this texture and slightly marled shade. It has a lovely feel too, bit like a grown-up comfort blanket !

  2. Nancy Nushart says:

    Never saw a purple/violet/lavender I didn’t like! Just ask my family. .. .

  3. Priscilla Laybolt says:

    Just finished crocheting a very pale pink baby dress with accents of lavender, extremely pretty.

  4. Kim Barnes says:

    I adore your ‘shades we love’ articles – the green was fabulous just like the purple.

    Well done loveknitting x

  5. I love all shades of purple, lavender to dark purple.

  6. Lidia Guzman says:

    Very difficult to choose just one. Probably # 7 Wisteria. It would also depend of the texture or the yarn.

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