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Great Yarn for Knitters
Try New Yarns Regularly
Get Creative with New Yarns
When I see a new yarn in my local shops, I try it out with a small, one-skein project. For cotton or linen yarn I usually make a dishcloth. For wool or acrylic, a scarf or cowl is the usual choice. Here are two great acrylic yarns I just tried:
Lion Brand Hometown, U.S.A.
This bulky yarn is good for quick winter projects. Although knitting with big needles (10 mm and bigger) is not my favorite kind of knitting, Hometown feels soft and makes the giant needles tolerable for the duration of a project. I chose to make a reproduction of Katniss' hunting cowl from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in blue instead of the movie's creamy tan color. The herringbone stitch (see picture below) really looks nice with only a couple of stitches per inch.
Use this yarn for fast winter hats and scarves. It would also make a wonderfully soft sweater for those of you who live in the north, although in North Carolina I would only be able to wear such a sweater for a few weeks in January or February!
Caron Simply Soft Light
The label says this is lightweight yarn. While regular Caron Simply Soft is a light worsted weight, Simply Soft Light knits like a light sport or fingering (sock) yarn. I used size 9 needles, (larger than recommended 5) to make a loosely knit, almost lacy fabric for "Rogue's Purple Scarf" from The Ravelry pattern database.
See the Yarns - Hometown USA and Simply Soft LightClick thumbnail to view full-size
How to Knit Herringbone Stitch
Knit Flat on Two Needles
Work on even or odd numbers of stitches:
Row 1 (and all right side rows): Knit 2 stitches together through back loops. Drop only the first stitch of the two from the left needle, leaving the second stitch. Knit the stitch you left together with the next stitch through back loops, dropping only the first stitch from left needle as before. Continue pattern to last stitch. Knit last stitch.
Row 2 (wrong side rows): Purl 2 stitches together. Dropping only the first stitch of the two from left needle. Purl stitch you left together with next stitch, dropping only first stitch from left needles as before. Continue pattern to last stitch, Purl last stitch.
Repeat these two rows, ending after a wrong side row. Cast off.
Help in Choosing Yarn for Any Project
This is a guide to fibers and weights for those who wonder which yarns work for which projects.
Here's another yarn guide with great pictures to help you visualize your project.
Pattern Links for Lightweight Yarn
- Wrap it Up Scarf
- Triad Shawl | Yarn | Free Knitting Patterns | Crochet Patterns | Yarnspirations
A multi-colored shawl to add a touch of style, on those breezy summer days.
Pattern Links for Bulky Yarn
- Fiberfrau: Fun with Fabrics and Fibers: Quick Knit Project for Babies
Make a "lovey" from bulky yarn.
- Ravelry: The Huntress Cowl pattern by LollyKnits
This is a gorgeous cowl inspired by Katniss Everdeen. It's postapocalyptic chic at its very best. Knitted in the wonderfully textured herringbone stitch, it drapes like a dream and looks like a piece of modern armor. For the revolutionary in all of u
- MyJewelThief Knits: SUPER LOOPS SCARF Pattern
Here is a really easy way to make a regular old garter stitch scarf look super cool. This is an easy and quick knit. It's addictive! Yarn: Any Super Bulky Yarn