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Archive for May 14th, 2013

Mix It Up: Using Multiple Yarns Together

May 14th, 2013

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Lion Brand’s Design Department shares tips on one of their favorite tips for creating a unique (and quick-to-make) project.

Simple Cowl | From Our Newsletter Archives: Mixing It Up | Lion Brand NotebookYarn blending is the technique of stranding together several yarns to create a knit or crochet fabric. It takes all of the beautiful qualities of its component yarns and blends them into something that is greater than the sum of its parts.


  1. Take a few yarns and hold them together.
  2. Judge the combined thickness and select an appropriate needle or hook.
  3. Knit or crochet all yarns at once.

Yarn blending is so simple, yet it can yield infinite varieties and unexpected results. You can never predict what a yarn blend will look like until it is worked up. Therefore, an integral part of this process is creating swatches. After a few rows, you will get an idea of how the fabric will look and can evaluate the combination. Then you can adjust your work, adding in new yarns that you like. Since blends tend to be bulky, a swatch can be made in no time.

[Pictured: Knit Simple Cowl.]