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Customize Your Project with Birthstone Colored Yarns

July 20th, 2011

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On our radio-style podcast, YarnCraft, my co-host Liz and I often talk about how to customize your knit & crochet projects. In particular, customizing gifts is a popular subject, since many knitters and crocheters like to make things for their loved ones.

One great idea that I got from the book, The Prayer Shawl Ministry: Reaching Those In Need, is to use yarns that match your recipients’ birthstone. It’s, of course, a great idea for birthday presents, but could be used throughout the year. To help you on your way, I’ve put together this handy chart:

January – Garnet 

Deep shades of burgundy make for wonderful accessories and garments in luxe Superwash Merino Cashmere or glitzy Vanna’s Glamour.

Superwash Merino Cashmere: Garnet Vanna's Glamour: Garnet
Superwash Merino
Cashmere in Wine
Vanna’s Glamour
in Garnet
February – Amethyst 

Add a touch of texture with shades of purple with the haziness of Silk Mohair or silky hand of Homespun.

LB Collection Silk Mohair: Iris Homespun: Amethyst
LB Collection Silk
Mohair in Iris
Homespun
in Amethyst
March – Aquamarine 

Cool, light organic cotton or easy-care Vanna’s Choice both make wonderful accessories, boleros, and more.

Nature's Choice Organic Cotton: Blueberry Vanna's Choice: Aqua
Nature’s Choice
Organic Cotton
in Blueberry
Vanna’s Choice
in Aqua
April – Diamond 

April’s child loves a touch of glitter, so try one of these soft, metallic yarns for a wonderful project.

Vanna's Glamour: Diamond Wool-Ease: White Frost
Vanna’s Glamour
in Diamond
Wool-Ease
in White Frost
May – Emerald 

Lush shades of green meet quick-to-work-up yarns in Hometown USA and Holiday Homespun.

Hometown USA: Green Bay Holiday Homespun: Evergreen
Hometown USA
in Green Bay
Holiday Homespun
in Evergreen
June – Pearl or Moonstone 

Subtle shades reflect June’s birthstones. Try this painterly shade of Homespun or the soft taupe glitz of Vanna’s Glamour.

Homespun: Pearls Vanna's Glamour: Moonstone
Homespun
in Pearls
Vanna’s Glamour
in Moonstone
July – Ruby 

Perfect on their own or held double-stranded (one strand of each), July’s yarns are all about bright, bold red.

Vanna's Glamour: Ruby Vanna's Choice: Scarlet
Vanna’s Glamour
in Ruby
Vanna’s Choice
in Scarlet
August – Peridot 

Stylish yellow-green is lovely in this heathered solid shade of Homespun or the soft luxury of Superwash Merino Cashmere.

Homespun in Apple Green Superwash Merino Cashmere: Green Tea
Homespun
in Apple Green
Superwash Merino
Cashmere in Green Tea
September – Sapphire 

Classic midnight blue makes for great accessories, shrugs, and more. Double-stranded or used individually, these yarns look luscious.

Vanna's Choice: Sapphire Vanna's Glamour: Sapphire
Vanna’s Choice
in Sapphire
Vanna’s Glamour
in Sapphire
October – Opal 

October’s yarns are all about a swirl of soft color with this painterly color of Homespun or self-striping Amazing.

Homespun: Tudor Amazing: Carnival
Homespun
in Tudor
Amazing
in Carnival
November – Citrine or Yellow Topaz 

This warm, golden fall-friendly color is beautiful in both shimmering Vanna’s Glamour and luxurious Angora Merino.

Vanna's Glamour: Bronze LB Collection Angora Merino: Nectarine
Vanna’s Glamour
in Bronze
LB Collection Angora
Merino in Nectarine
December – Blue Topaz or Turquoise 

Brighten up someone’s winter with a pop of color in silky-smooth, easy-care Microspun or Homespun.

Homespun: Seafoam Microspun: Turquoise
Homespun
in Seafoam
Microspun
in Turquoise

For episodes of YarnCraft (I like to say it’s like “Car Talk” for knitters & crocheters), visit our blog or find us on iTunes. YarnCraft comes out twice a month on Tuesdays.

  • txcatgirl

    I love this idea for making a gift project even more special for the recipient! Thanks for including yarns of different weights/pricing!

  • Marychance

    June is Alexandarite.  Pearl is a secondary “stone” since the other is rare.

  • Snowbunnyljp

    October is pink zirconia as well as opal. I would love trying something is pink for me, since it’s my month;)!

  • Snowbunnyljp

    October is pink zirconia as well as opal. I would love trying something is pink for me, since it’s my month;)!

    • Zontee

      Well, we do have a lot of great pink yarns! Consider Vanna’s Glamour in Jewel or Microspun in Fuchsia.

    • MaryAnn Byrne

      rainbow opal is also October and much prettier than plain opal.

  • DCAlane

    Ah, that is too funny, the Car Talk for knitters and crocheters.  It’s true!  But WAY more pleasant.  It’s always a great listen.  Thanks, Zontee and Liz.

    • Sownsew

      I think that is way too funny! Hubs is a certified car nut…so ‘car talk’ caught my eye…..great comparison….heheheh…gotta run..we are off to a car show! imagine that.
      will check it out
      Nancy

    • Zontee

      Thanks, DCAlane!

  • Chopton

    Since June is also Alexandrite, what would you suggest as yarns – as I recall it’s a pale violet. Then I wouldn’t have to be jealous of my mom’s Amethyst!  We could have things that almost match ;-D

    • Zontee

      Hi Chopton, since Alexandrite is actually a color-change stone (it appears different colors in daylight versus artificial light), it ranges from a pale blue-green to a pale purple (with some varieties appearing pale yellow to red). For pale purples, consider Orchid or Lavender in Baby Wool or Dusty Purple in Vanna’s Choice. For a yarn that has pale greens and purples, I stand by my recommendation of Tudor in Homespun, an example of which, you can see here: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/81040AD.html?noImages=

    • Zontee

      Hi Chopton, since Alexandrite is actually a color-change stone (it appears different colors in daylight versus artificial light), it ranges from a pale blue-green to a pale purple (with some varieties appearing pale yellow to red). For pale purples, consider Orchid or Lavender in Baby Wool or Dusty Purple in Vanna’s Choice. For a yarn that has pale greens and purples, I stand by my recommendation of Tudor in Homespun, an example of which, you can see here: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/81040AD.html?noImages=

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Miaren-Crowsdaughter/100002585028249 Miaren Crowsdaughter

    I’ll admit, I was curious as to how you’d handle Opal.  :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Miaren-Crowsdaughter/100002585028249 Miaren Crowsdaughter

    I’ll admit, I was curious as to how you’d handle Opal.  :)

  • Elbee_2

    I’d like to know June as the Alexandrite also. :D

  • Meg in L.A.

    I think you missed a terrific choice — Vanna’s Choice in Sapphire.  That particular blue pops like crazy (I’ve used it for toys in combo with other colors and it always receives the most enthusiastic comments. meg in L.A. (CrochetColorJunkie on  Ravelry)

    • Zontee

      Hi Meg, if you look again, you’ll see that I did include Vanna’s Choice in Sapphire in the September yarns. It really is a great blue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=749585276 Jennyfer Austin

    Tanzanite is also being used for December now. 

    • Trucker743

      And tanzanite is a pale, almost frosty orchid or lavendar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mehazen1 Margaret E Hazen

    I am always making an afghan for someone. I always use a reversible pattern. I always use Homespun. My last four blanket afghans have been in Montana Sky, Parfait, Purple Haze, and Dusty Blue. Purple Haze is just beautiful and so rich in color. Very difficult to find. Montana Sky is the same richness if you are a blue person. Dusty Blue is just so comforting and impossible to find (almost). For the little girl who wants pink, Cherry Blossoms is an obvious choice if you can find it. I used Parfait and was amazed at how much the colors changed from skein to skein. Why can’t we get back to the baby pink, blue, yellow, green, lavendar, and turquoise in Homespun? I’d like to know how color choices are made for Homespun. My granddaughter wants to know why there is no hot pink available in the Homespun.

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  • http://mycitrinerings.com/ citrine rings

    citrine is my favorite gemstone and corresond to my month of birth although I also like emeralds due to their green beautiful color.

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