Yarn 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.
HOW TO DO IT:
- Take a few yarns and hold them together.
- Judge the combined thickness and select an appropriate needle or
- 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.
- Use a large needle or hook. Generally, combining together several
yarns yields a bulky weight yarn, so using a large needle or hook
really helps keep the fabric pliable.
- Think tonally. Choose yarns that are different but share the same
amount of lightness or darkness, so they will blend together when
- Select yarns that share a primary color.
This will ensure that they colors blend together. For example, the
blue, green and grey of the 5 1/2
Hour Throw all have blue bases.
- Try a variegated yarn, such as Sock-Ease™.
Mixing a single variegated yarn into your blend can produce moments of
color drama. See the Electric
Colors Scarf as an example.
- Keep one of your yarns consistent throughout so that there is a
visual continuity between changes.
- Strand with a metallic yarn like Vanna's
Glamour™ to give a punch that really makes the other yarns stand
out, such as in the Sandcastle
- Start with a simple pattern and let the fun begin. A subtle
stitch pattern allows the colors to be the main focus of the project.
Experiment with your own yarn blends to see what you can create.