Top 4 ply patterns
4 ply – it can take ages to knit, but the results are unbelievably gorgeous. The top designers love 4 ply for its versatility and ability to design with, so check out these top 5 4 ply patterns from our indie designers, just in time for Indie Designer Month!
How gorgeous is this shawl pattern? I’m no lace knitter, but this pattern is calling out to me like a siren. The pattern is written and charted to be accessible for knitters who have a preference, and can be knit in a variety of yarns, so long as your gauge is correct. I love Wendy Supreme Cotton 4 ply for this pattern because it’s a 100% mercerized cotton with a surprisingly sharp stitch definition and a delicious drape that’s perfect for summer knits. To create a luxurious 95 inch x 22 inch (250 cm x 55 cm) shawl, you’ll need 4 balls of this yarn. I love Melon and Cyclamen; click on the image below to view all available shades.
These baby booties are a favorite here at LoveKnitting HQ, it seems like everyone is making them for a baby shower! These are knit in the round on US 4 (3.5 mm) double pointed needles, and this pattern includes instructions for the kitchener stitch and the three needle bind off method. You can use nearly any 4 ply yarn for this pattern, but I recommend Sirdar Country Style 4 ply: it’s super soft, and you can machine wash and tumble dry it, and what else could you want for baby booties? You’ll need one ball each of the following shades: Soapstone, Cream, and Thistle.
This pattern is 2 for 1, with an optional long or short sleeve alteration. The delicate lace design is contemporary and a closet staple, great as a layering garment. This is worked in the round from the top down for a seamless design, with raglan sleeves. The lacy design is perfect for a warm weather knit, and I love Rowan Wool Cotton 4 ply, a blend of cotton and wool that creates a fantastic transitional garment and maintains its shape. Jacaranda and Dark Lime are absolutely stunning – check out the rest of the shades as well!
This gorgeous summery lace top is worked in the round with a simple repeating lace stitch that’s easy to memorize and perfect for knitting on the go. There is no side shaping involved, and the cute cap sleeves give a delightfully fun touch – but you can also choose to omit them if you choose. For a super soft, luxurious knit, I recommend Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk, a delicious blend of extra fine merino wool, silk, and cashmere that’s heaven to wear. Available in a selection of gentle pastels, I think that Waterlilly or Button would work exceptionally well.
It’s never to early to start thinking about knitting fingerless mitts! I can’t get enough of these gorgeous mitts with their subtle leaf pattern and beading detail – it’s likely to be my first beaded project. These are worked seamlessly in the round on DPNs or using the magic loop method, featuring a thumb gusset. This pattern is written and charted! I’m picky about what I wear on my hands, so my choice is Debbie Bliss Rialto 4 ply, a 100% extra fine merino superwash yarn that’s super soft and durable. To keep with the leafy theme, I love Teal or Leaf, as seen here.
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Last updated: May 7th, 2015.