The Best and Most Beautiful Yarns for Knitting and Crochet Scarves And Accessories - With Free Patterns!
I Love Crazy Yarns!
I have been doing a lot of knitting recently and I've decided to knit all things weird and wonderful! In my opinion, the brighter the better and whether the knitted item I am creating is chunky, fluffy, woolly or silky, I believe that you can create an accessory, bag or piece of clothing that you can love and wear which reflects your personality.
In the past two years I have noticed that yarn companies and designers are becoming more and more adventurous and daring with new trends, styles and colours. Even the fabrics are becoming wackier and weirder - which I have to say makes me very happy as a lover of all things wacky and weird. Let me show you my all time favourites and explain why I love them so much - hope you enjoy browsing!
Have You Ever Heard of Fizzle Yarn?
I only very recently found this yarn online, ordered a ton of it, and then realised that you don't need that much because it's lovely and thick.
As soon as it arrived, I decided to make a scarf from it because it is so warm, thick, soft and fluffy.
I started knitting a scarf up (in the Cranberry colour, because I love my reds, oranges and other sunset colours), and when it was big enough I rested my cheek on it, to test it's softness (some people love the smell of new books, I do this - we all have our little quirks!) Ohhh the softness!
This led me to making six huge cushions of all different shapes and sizes (which is what happens when you don't follow a pattern), and gave them to a few girlfriends as Christmas gifts. The girls all adored them, and I felt great for the fact I'd made them myself. Plus, homemade gifts are generally far cheaper than when you buy a ready-made product.
If you are someone who wants to make money from knitting items of clothing, even if you aren't an expert knitter, I would really very highly recommend this yarn.
Knit A Beautiful Fizzle Scarf in One Evening!
I found this yarn in a shop and completely fell in love with it. It wasn't very much money, so I picked up four balls, thinking I would be needing that amount for two scarves. Turned out one ball makes one scarf, so you can guess what my friends got for Christmas that year!
This beautiful Sizzle scarf design is by clever-clogs Nancy J. Thomas as featured on the Red Heart Boutique website. It is definitely worth a visit!
Time required: About 3 hours, depending on skill level
Cost: less than $10
- One Ball Fizzle Yarn
- Black or Silver Thread to Sew Down Last Stitch
- 10mm (US 15) Knitting Needles
- Needle for the Thread
1. As with all knitting projects, checking your tension is essential to ensure the results are satisfactory. To do this, you need to check that 5 sts = 10 cm (4”) in garter stitch (knit every row).
2. Once you have checked your gauge, you can begin knitting! Cast on 5 stitches and work in garter stitch until your work measures 10 cm x 109 cm [4” x 43”]
3. Bind off loosely.
4. Finish off by using your needle and thread (which should closely match the colour of the scarf for best results), and sew down your last stitch.
5. All done!
Boutique Ribbon Yarns
Well, as you may have guess from the tell-tale name, these yarns are basically just yards and yards of beautiful, multi-coloured or block colour, ribbon-like yarn. This may sound like it would be torturous and uncomfortable to wear as the itching would drive you mad, but it has been designed so that it is perfectly wearable. In fact, it is amazingly comfortable! I have made brooches, scarves and purses from this yarn and would genuinely recommend it to anyone, regardless of their expertise level in knitting.
Scarves made from ribbon yarn look gorgeous over a plain jacket, coat or top - or can be tied around a purse as a fashion accessory. Let inspiration take you, as it did me with these colourful strands of material.
Like the sizzle scarf, this yarn knits or can be crocheted very quickly - which makes it ideal if you need a last minute gift for someone.
What Do You Use Ribbon Yarn For? - Let Me Show You!Click thumbnail to view full-size
Try Out This Amazing and Simple Design
Sometimes, I am up for a complex, challenging project that will take me weeks or even months to complete - and other times I just want something that I can fiddle away at whilst watching TV in the evening and have completed by the time I go to bed. This is one of the latter projects, and looks wonderful! I love this yarn so much that I've ended up making loads of items from it, all in different colours!
This pattern is called "Lola's scarf" and credit for its lovely design goes to the Red Heart Design Team... Rumour has it they are kept in a basement creating genius designs 24/7...
Time required: 2-3 hours
Cost: Less than $10
- One ball of Your Chosen Colour
- Thread to match the Scarf Colour
- 6.5mm (US 10.5) Circular Knitting Needles - 74cm or 24" in length.
- Needle for thread.
1. Call me lazy, but I always HATE doing a gauge to check my tension. So you can imagine my joy when I found out that you don't need to do one for this pattern! Yay! Just cast on 125 sts.
2. Knit 8 rows and bind off loosely.
3. Sew down your last stitch so your new scarf doesn't unravel!
What Accessory Would You Most Like to Make?
What Accessory Would You Most Like to Make?
If The Lola Scarf Inspired You...
Again, this comes in lots of beautiful colours, be sure to have a browse because there is a great selection!
Make a Swish Sashay Scarf - (And try Saying That Ten Times Really Fast...)
This lacy, multi-coloured scarf is unbelievably stunning and you can wear it with anything (apart from a jacket with a lot of zips, as that is really just asking for trouble).
If you want to make Christmas gifts this year, this scarf is perfect. You can churn out a couple an evening, and they look like they have taken hours upon hours of eye-squinting and painstaking sewing,weaving and knitting. This couldn't be further from the truth! It's SO easy! Anyone could make this scarf - even if you have never knitted anything before.
This design is by the Red Heart design team and is another one of their stunning designs that requires no more than one ball of yarn.
Time required: 2-3 hours
Cost: less than $10
- One ball of whichever colour you prefer
- A string of thread of a similar colour
- 5.5mm (US 9) Knitting needles
- A needle for your thread
1. No need to test your tension with this pattern, just go right ahead and cast on 6 sts for a shorter scarf or 10 for a long one.
2. Stretch one end of the yarn out several inches and lay it out flat, with the metallic at the bottom.
3. You will see that this yarn comes as a sheet of mesh, and this really confused me at first - but don't panic, it is actually really simple to work. You leave the metallic thread at the bottom which becomes the ruffled edging of your scarf, and you work the top by using the holes in the mesh as if they were ordinary yarn.
4. Instead of casting on in the traditional way, you simply slip your needle 4 inches from the top right edge from back to front. Repeat this action 5 more times for the shorter scarf, or 9 more times for the longer one.
5. Now you should have 6 or 10 sts on your needle. Pass this needle into your left hand, and begin knitting by using your right hand needle to knit between the top two threads of mesh rather than the entire strand.
6. Continue knitting these 6 or 10 sts on every row, always turning your work in the same direction when you have finished a row. You'll start to see your scarf taking shape within a couple of inches of rows!
7. As you work, check your progress by stretching out the mesh occasionally - stop working when you have one yard of mesh remaining.
8. When you reach this point, bind off loosely by drawing the end of the mesh through your last bound off stitch. Leaving 4" of mesh for your edging, which will create your ruffle effect, trim off the remaining mesh and finish off by folding the corner under and sew this down so that there are no loose ends!
Feather Yarn - For a Stylish and Elegant Accessory
This yarn is quirky, chic and very stylish. The only downside is that because it is very thin, it does take a lot of knitting to get a scarf of satisfactory length.
On the other hand, it is well worth the effort.
Time required: 1-2 evenings work
Cost: Around $15
- 2 Balls Feather or Eyelash Yarn (any brand)
- Size 11 Knitting Needles
1. Cast on between 22 and 32 sts, depending on how thick you like your scarf to be.
2. Knit every single row until you feel you are running out of yarn. At this point, begin knitting with two strands of yarn - one which is your yarn that you have been working with until now and the other which is the new ball of yarn. By knitting them together you get a smoother finish, but if you feel more comfortable knotting them together you can do this instead.
3. When you have used almost the entire second ball of yarn, and you feel that your scarf is long enough simply bind off by passing the remaining yarn through the loop of your last stitch. If you have a long tail of yarn left, simply weave this in or trim it.
Which is Your Favourite?
My Favourite Organic Yarn
A Healthy Planet = A Happy Me!
I've always cared about the environment and the creatures that share the Earth with the human race. Now more than ever I am making a real effort to buy eco-friendly items; non-bio laundry detergent, cleaning products and washing up liquid, loose rather than packaged foodstuffs and eco wool, yarn and other art supplies too!
I have always loved the idea of buying organic and fair-trade yarns because of the many benefits that are present when you choose these kind of items. Organic clothing feels wonderful - and if you have delicate skin, organic yarn is less likely to irritate you or bring you out in a rash because there are no chemicals.
5 Benefits of Organic Yarn
1. Organic yarns come in a huge range of materials and fibres - wool, cotton and bamboo just to name a few and all are beautifully soft and comfortable to wear.
2. Wearing organic materials means happier skin! If you have dermatological problems such as eczema, for example, this type of yarn will most likely feel soothing and won't irritate you or cause your skin problem to flare up. This is because there are no harsh chemicals or dyes which usually then get onto our skin.
3. During the growing process of yarn, there is a huge toll on the planet ordinarily. Pesticides, herbicides and treatments are used even before the plant has finished growing. Then the yarn still has to be dyed... Chemical upon chemical... Not only is it better for you when these steps are not taken, as they aren't with organic materials, but it is better for our ecosystem and planet, too!
4. When you buy organic wool which has come from a sheep, alpaca or other mammal, did you know that there are strict regulations and guidelines that must be met in order to pass the product off as organic? The animal that is being reared for it's wool must be fed on organic produce and be kept away from chemicals. So it's kinder on the animals too!
5. If you choose to knit with eco-friendly bamboo or even a bamboo/ cotton mixed yarn, not only will you be amazed at how beautifully light and soft it is, but bamboo also takes up far less land space, and grows more quickly than cotton. This means that if more people bought bamboo wool, less land would be required for cotton fields - this could save miles of rainforest!