Yarn blending is the technique of stranding several yarns together to create a knit or crochet fabric. It takes all 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 hook.
- 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’s 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 and require a large hook or needle, 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 yarn colors that are different but share the same amount of lightness or darkness, so they will blend together when viewed.
- Select yarns that share a primary color.
- Try a variegated yarn. Mixing a single variegated yarn into your blend can produce moments of color drama. Make sure your other yarn colors are in the same palette.
- 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.
In our Berry Sparkle Scarf, we have mixed Vanna’s Choice, a basic yarn, together with Vanna’s Glamour, a shimmery, elegant yarn. When held together, the qualities of each yarn blend in just the right amount. This scarf is practical, yet festive with a touch of elegance. Vanna’s Choice and Vanna’s Glamour are two yarns that work perfectly together.
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