The final stop on our tour of The 7 Wonders of the Yarn World is colorwork. If you’re new to the 7 Wonders series, I encourage you to start at the beginning with the unveiling of seven fiber sculptures by artist Nathan Vincent based on the 7 Wonders of The World. Each sculpture represents a yarn technique that was also incorporated into seven collections for a Lion Brand fashion show. The collections highlight all of the wonderful and sometimes unexpected things each technique can do.
|Nathan Vincent sculpture of the Lion Sphinx; model wearing knit Rhapsody of Color Dress|
The Lion Sphinx is our seventh Wonder of the Yarn World. The real Sphinx (or Great Sphinx of Giza) is the largest and oldest monolith sculpture in the world. Our Sphinx’s pedestal is adorned with hieroglyphics, showcasing the amazing detail that can be achieved with colorwork. The patterns associated with this technique are bright, bold, and colorful!
The yarns featured in the colorwork collection are perfect for the yarncrafter in need of colorful combinations for stranded colorwork or intarsia – like Vanna’s Choice®, Heartland®, and Wool-Ease® – as well as vivid self-striping yarns like Amazing®, Unique, and Keppi.
Below you’ll find several of the designs from the colorwork collection. We hope you’ve enjoyed your tour of The 7 Wonders of the Yarn World and that you’ve picked up some new patterns and techniques along the way. If you missed any of the other collections, take a look back at all of our posts on The 7 Wonders of the Yarn World: Textures, Stripes & Chevrons, Cables, Embellishments, Lace, Granny Squares, and Colorwork.
|Knit Color Paneled Coat
(pattern coming soon)
|Poetic Colorwork Pullover
Knit Bobble Beret
|Knit Slip Stitch Pom Hat with
Knit Slip Stitch Pom Scarf
|Knit Shaded Colors Afghan
Knit Ski Lodge Cap
If you enjoyed Audra’s tutorial, check out her YouTube channel, The Kurtz Corner!
Some designs, such as the ribbing of a sweater or the brim of a hat, may use a different yarn than the rest of the project. This creates a unique look, much different than if just one yarn had been used for the entire piece – like the Snow and Sunsets Afghan (right) crocheted in Amazing® and Fishermen’s Wool®.
But you can also combine two or even three or more yarns throughout, ultimately creating an entirely new yarn!
One word of caution: be sure to note the care instructions of each yarn. Be sure to care for the project using the instructions of the most delicate yarn.
You can even combine a novelty eyelash yarn with wool in a felted project; I’ve designed many purses and hats combining yarns in this way. I would suggest you felt a swatch first though to ensure the novelty yarn doesn’t end up with loose loops when felted.
Contrasting plain colors create a tweed effect.
Adding a brightly colored yarn can enliven a muted color or adding a more subdued yarn can tone down a color you find too bright.
You can also combine different fibers or types of yarn. Adding a metallic yarn will jazz up a plain yarn. If a yarn is too fuzzy for your taste, adding a plain strand will mitigate the fuzz.
Swatch and experiment with yarn you have in your stash. You may find that you can use up that yarn that you haven’t known what to do with by combining it with another yarn. The yarns don’t need to be in the same weight category.
Not sure how to get started? Here are a few examples of patterns that combine different yarns:
|This cute knit Marmalade Kimono for children is a great example of combining two solid contrasting yarns for a tweed effect.||The crochet Team Colors Scarf illustrates the same concept.||The knit Fabulous Furry Scarf shows off combining the eyelash yarn Fun Fur with Hometown USA®.||This pattern illustrates just how different colors can look when combined with others.|
For a refresher on working with multiple strands, see my previous article.
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Yolanda is back with a brand new video, and this time she’s working through a knit pattern. In the videos below, Yolanda helps guide you through the lovely Cabled Hat pattern in Hometown USA. Since this project calls for a super bulky yarn on big needles, it can be worked up relatively fast. Join Yolanda as she casts on with double pointed needles and shows you how to work through this pattern.
Danielle (pictured left), one of our staff members is a big fan of this quick and easy pattern and has already made multiple hats, noting that they can easily be done in an evening while watching television. Here she is modeling her version in Hometown USA Seattle Sea Mist. Watch the videos, and start knitting today!
We’ve teamed up with Todd Clark, creator of the ever-popular Lola series, to bring you “Out of the Loop,” a regular one-panel comic featuring humorous takes on the world of yarn-crafting.
Enjoy and please share widely!
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