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Getting to Know Color Waves Yarn

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Photo shows two shades of Color Waves (Tiger's Eye and Day Break) in the pattern for the Aurora Scarf.

Color Waves is a variegated blend of 80% acrylic and 20% wool. Coming in at a CYC #3 (DK) weight, this yarn is versatile and can be used for garments, accessories, home items, and craft projects. It is on the heavier end of DK weight, so you may find it appropriate to swap for light worsted weight yarns as well. Recommended gauge is 14 single crochet = 4" using a H/5mm hook or 22 stitches in stockinette = 4" using US 6/4mm needles.

Care of Color Waves yarn is simple (machine wash and dry) making it ideal for garments. There is a small wool content (20%), which gives a touch of warmth to the fabric. The wool might deter this yarn being used in children's items, however, if your child does not have a wool sensitivity then Color Waves is a good option for kids-wear. There are several bright friendly colors and the washability, as mentioned, is convenient when crafting for young ones.


Working With Color Waves

Color Waves brings a small-batch hand dyed feel to a commercial yarn. The color pooling mimics the uneven look of kettle dyes. Blending together multi-color yarns like this produces carefree fun garments and accessories. The designs below are all available through the Lion Brand website as free pattern downloads.

Artemis Super Scarf (knit)

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The Artemis scarf combines several colors of Color Waves yarn. The piece conveys the feel of a knit worked in hand dyed yarns.


Aurora Scarf (knit)

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The swatch shown in the main photo uses the stitch pattern from this design. Simple stripes blend together two colors.


Suffield Slipover (knit)

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This simply shaped stockinette pullover combines four shades of color waves. To blend the colors (vs the color blocking shown) alternate rows of each color for a couple inches when changing yarns.


Jazz Legwarmers (crochet)

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The Jazz legwarmers are crocheted from a single ball of Color Waves yarn. This quick projects adds a pop of color to your ensemble.


Neon Jungle Scarf (crochet)

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This bold scarf combines a bright and neutral shade to make the colors pop.


Color Waves Review

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  • Michelle Waite

    I am making the Aurora Scarf in just the Day Break color. I love the colors and the softest of the yarn. It is also easy to knit with.