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How to Pair Yarns to Create a Unique Look: A Personal Experience with Double Stranding

Brandyce and cowlI was recently trying to figure out how I can get through some of my yarn stash, and while thinking about stash busting, I was inspired by a new collection of yarns we received.  This inspiration came from Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in metallics. It seems that shimmer and sequins are trending this Fall/Winter season, and I wanted to add a sparkly piece of knitwear to my repertoire as well.

As much as I love the Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in metallics, I wanted a shimmery accessory in a lighter weight yarn so I could wear it during transitional times.  My "A-ha!" moment came when I came across the Moonstone shade of Vanna’s Glamour that was sitting in my bin, and the Fawn Heather shade of LB Collection Baby Alpaca; this combination was perfect!

I loved how the taupe-gray and silver Moonstone Vanna's Glamour blended perfectly with the Natural Heather Baby Alpaca. Once I began knitting and seeing my fabric worked up, I knew I made the right decision.  All I had to do was think about what I wanted in my yarn, and create it myself. Double stranding yarns is so much fun. I like it because you increase the weight, so it works up faster, and you can create a more unique look!

*For the cowl, I cast on until my piece measured 6inches across, and knit flat in garter stitch until my Baby Alpaca was finished (but leave enough for seaming!).  Before seaming, I twisted my fabric to create a mobius effect.

Baby Alpaca and Vanna's Glamour strands LB Collection Baby Alpaca and Vanna's Glamour Cowl

Things to consider when pairing yarns:

  1. Color family: Do you want your colors to be complementary, or contrasting? For more information on experimenting with color, check out this blog post by Jess on Color Theory Basics for Knitting and Crocheting.
  2. Yarn Weight: What are the weights of each individual yarn and how thick will that make your "strand"?  You will have to experiment to find the right needle or hook for your appropriate gauge.

How do you like to experiment with your yarn? Share your suggestions with us in the comments!

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