Several of us here at the Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet office are now officially obsessed with working with multiple yarns held together. This technique is really fun because you knit or crochet with all of the strands as one, so you get the thickness and dimension of multiple yarns without having to worry about any colorwork. Three cheers for easy techniques that have a big payoff!
If you follow Love of Knitting on Instagram, you may have seen this photo of our team joining forces to help Megan frog her project after she realized she needed some jumbo knitting needles to get the loose gauge she was after.
Jen knew the unraveling would go smoother if we had one person holding on to each strand of yarn, and working together made the whole process pretty entertaining. Of course, we ran into some snarls, but a couple of us get a sick thrill from untangling yarn. Danielle even joked about untangling the strands by doing a maypole dance around Megan’s project. It didn’t come down to that, but it’s a good idea to keep in your back pocket!
Once Megan got the mega-needles she needed, she whipped up her gorgeous project in no time. She even plans to make several more patterns knit with two or more yarns held together. I’d say she’s hooked!
Kathy has crocheted a few designs with two strands of yarn held together, and she shows no sign of slowing down. Check out the awesome color combination she is working on right now. I love how the two yarns seem to blend together to create a heathery look.
Megan and Kathy have inspired me, and I’m jumping on the multi-yarn bandwagon! I am in awe of the Party Starter Skirt from the Holiday Knits Issue. Knit together, these two yarns create a sparkly yet sturdy fabric I can’t resist. I’ve also been on a chevron kick lately, so this skirt is right up my alley.
If you’re in the mood for some instant gratification (and who isn’t?), The Triple Delight Shawl from our Best Summer Knits Issue is just what you need to start your own obsession with multi-yarn projects. Sometimes a simple, garter stitch project is the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day, and the three yarns combine to make this easy design look really impressive! Thicker yarns and big needles mean you can stitch this baby up faster than you think.
Crocheters, we have a super quick project to help you dip your toes into the multi-yarn waters. The Victorian Lace Card Holder from the Summer 2014 Issue is crocheted with two strands of cotton thread held double. The sample is made with the same color held together, but I want to use two different colors of thread together on the flower to give it a cool, colorful look.
With all of these choices, I’m having trouble deciding which multi-yarn project to stitch up first! Have you ever knit or crocheted with multiple yarns held together? We always love hearing about your experiences, so tell us your stitching stories here or on our Facebook page!