Some designs may use a different yarn than the rest of the project. This creates a unique look, much more different than just using one yarn for the entire piece.
But you can also combine two or more yarns throughout. There is only one rule to follow, be sure that the care instructions are similar.
Play with colors, tone down bright colors or brighten up muted colors. Use glitter yarn, fuzzy yarn, you name it.
Swatch and experiment with yarn that you have in your stash.
The yarns don’t need to be in the same weight category.
Most Knitting Projects ask for one yarn weight and the piece is worked throughout with the same yarn.
There are fewer projects out there using different yarn weights and using the same needle size.
This is what I would like to talk about today.
To work on a project with two different yarns is pretty easy. Just pick perhaps a Fingering Yarn and a Worsted weight yarn, match the colors or combine what you like. Knit stripes, 2 rows with each yarn. You can carry the yarn on the side. This could become a nice shawl or a vest. You will have to do the math to have an equal yardage for both colors.
My second sample shows a close up from our Operetta Shawl.
Lace Weight Kid Mohair / Silk and Bulky Weight Merino / Silk yarn is being used for this three-row repeat shawl without changing the needle. The Bulky yarn creates a wonderful meander and the fuzz from the mohair holds the lace stitches in place.
NOTE: The Operetta Shawl will be re-introduced in 2016.
This swatch is knitted in Garter Stitch with a DK-Weight Yarn and a Bulky Weight Yarn. The DK yarns are three different textured yarns and are being used for two rows each. The Bulky yarn is being used also for two rows, but in a different pattern:
First and second row: knit one stitch and slip one stitch as if to knit with the yarn in the front.
This way the Bulky yarn will not stretch the fabric and makes it “wavy”.
This is easy to do and it will show some nice effects.
The key to this is that you should have fun! Drop your fear and grab the needles and the yarn!
Have you ever knitted with two different yarn weights? Let me know your experiences in the comments!
…And as always: HAPPY KNITTING!