Entrelac is one of those techniques that seems tailor made for self-striping yarn like Major. Here’s it’s taken one step further by using two complementary colors.
The gray tones blend beautifully, making the blue a subtle contrast against the background. Is this a cloudy sky, or a clear night with the first bit of blue beginning to show? That’s for the viewer to decide.
There are a lot of ways you could go with this. Instead of gray and blue, how about gray and green for more of a stones-in-grass feel?
We love this design for the way it uses Major’s self-striping qualities. Two complementary colors, 103 Capri and 105 Aloe, are swapped every other row. Crochet two rows with A, then two with B, etcetera. There’s no need to cut colors, you can just carry them up the sides as you go.
This free pattern is written and charted. It’s a six-row repeat that’s easy to memorize. Pretty timely for those of us who need a jump start on making gifts!
Tune back in tomorrow for another Major pattern! Happy crafting!
Cute, right? I love this creative use of self-striping yarn. You start each square at the center, then work your way out to the edge. It ensures that each square will coordinate, but still be different than its neighbor. Despite being a larger piece, this is a great carry-along knit because each square is worked separately and then pieced together.
The pattern calls for two of our newest yarns, Adore and its companion Adore Colors (273yds/100g), a DK-weight blend of soft superwash merino and acrylic that’s perfect for projects like this, that you’ll probably find yourself tossing in the washing machine sometime.
Also on my list to try in Adore Colors: the Beachcomber Blanket pictured at right. It makes such clever use of individual panels stitched together, to be sure those color repeats stay nice and long, rather than thinning out of the width of a blanket.
No matter your plans for the weekend, we hope you take some time to make something beautiful, just for you.
We are so, so lucky to work with so many amazing LYSes. Case in point: we can enjoy the talents of Alice Gossette and Kat Koeller of The Thankful Ewe in New Bremen, Ohio. This dynamic duo have appeared here before, with the free Summer Shawl in Bamboo Pop. They’ve graciously shared this design with us as well.
It’s called the Corner to Corner Throw because it’s crocheted… wait for it… corner to corner! We love how they coordinated Classic Shades 731 Natural Glow with solid Uptown Worsted in 328 Dijon for the fringe. It’s a great choice that takes the throw up a notch.
Working corner to corner means that the bands of color change height as the rows lengthen and shorten, an excellent use of self-striping yarn. It’s a simple way to give even more interest to an already striking pattern.
We hope you find time to work on something beautiful this weekend, either for yourself or for someone you love.
We love these little guys and gals. We’re also happy to share this extremely simple pattern in Uptown DK Colors (273yds/100g), which also uses the yarn’s color shifts to good advantage. The Cherish Baby Blanket is a very easy four-row repeat perfect for beginners. The self-striping yarn makes the color changes, so there’s no juggling multiple balls and there’s less weaving in ends. A garter stitch border at the edges and a few rows of straight knitting at the top and bottom help keep it from curling.
We’re big fans of self-patterning and self-striping yarns for times when you want to add a little pizzazz to your work without having to fiddle with bobbins. For instance, take a look at the Zig to the Zag Tee.
Solid Uptown DK in 132 Night and Uptown DK Colors in 70319 Jubilee are alternated to make a very modern kid’s tee where the self-striping yarn automatically shifts through red and pink bands – one less thing for the knitter to worry about. They can just concentrate on making a standout top for some little fashionista.
We hope you enjoy the free Cherish Baby Blanket, and think about unique ways you can use self-striping and self-patterning yarns.
Sugar Drops indeed – what a sweet pattern! Just one color per row in machine washable Little Bird (344yds/100g), knitted flat (obviously). A blend of left and right crosses plus dropped stitches create an interesting texture that’s not too technically taxing. Pick up stitches along the long edges and add the garter stitch border.
Enjoy the weekend – and if you can, make something beautiful!