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Amazing Fall Sweaters Using Speckled Yarn
September 12, 2017

Amazing Fall Sweaters Using Speckled Yarn

speckledSpeckled yarns are hugely popular right now. They have a solid color and contrasting or complimentary flecks of color throughout. Some knitters think speckled yarns are simply a fad that they’ll regret almost as much as people regret buying MC Hammer pants. Most yarn lovers, however, are completely taken by the beautiful creations they can work up using speckled yarn. It truly is a unique look that can’t be created any other way. With the cool weather fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to work up a sweater, shrug, or shawl with some gorgeous speckled yarn. (Even the leaves get speckled this time of year!)

Speckled Shawl

Not only is there some great color opportunities using speckled yarn to make this shawl, there’s fabulous texture and shaping with the different stitch work used. Combined, you wind up with a truly unique pieces that shows off your skill and personality. Being a fan of all things purple, I think it would be amazing in the hand-dyed grape speckled yarn, but this blue would look really cool too.  We also have the new Byzantine shawl knitting kit to use our DK Pure speckled yarn mixed with self-striping and semi-solid colorway!

shawl to knit with speckled yarn

Hoodie Cardigan

Cardigans and hoodies are great this time of year. A hoodie cardigan made with speckled yarn? Perfection! Mix and match different yarns to create a look all your own. The cool blue Caribbean combines well with the darker blues of Firmament. Or pick your favorite colors to show off your personality and style.

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Speckled Shrug

I love shrugs because they’re warm and cozy, but not too hot. They’re great for this time of year when the days start and end cool, but are still warm in between. Using an amazing speckled yarn turns this simple shrug from boring to amazing! How great would it look done up in Vitrail? The bright colors will add some cheer to any rainy, cloudy days, too!

Plus, look for this new knitting kit to be launched shortly: the Cupcake Shrug is knitted with self-striping, semi-solid and #SpeckledYarn as well ♥

shrug to knit with speckled yarns

Multi-Function Wrap

This wrap is not only elegant, it transforms from a wrap to a scarf and back again with ease. Combine a speckled yarn with a dark background color and one with a light background color to create a wonderful, warm piece that works with almost anything in your closet.

We love these ideas for using speckled yarn so much, we’re saying bring on the cold! We’ve got our warm, fashionable clothing covered.

speckled hand-dyed yarn

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A Beginner's Guide to 6 Different Types of Yarn
March 22, 2017

A Beginner's Guide to 6 Different Types of Yarn

Sock yarn, self-striping yarn, knitting patterns – oh my. Prior to knitting, yarn was just yarn but as you start to indulge in this new hobby, you’ll quickly see that there is no shortage of options when it comes to materials.

With baskets overflowing with all kinds of yarn, it can be difficult to know where to start. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. Here is a breakdown all of the different types of yarn and what each will do for your knitting aspirations.

Sock Yarn For Feet

Just as the name reads, sock yarns are for the kind of knitting designs you intend to be placed on feet. More specifically, this term refers to the weight of the yarn. You wouldn’t use the same yarn for a chunky knit sweater as you would for a pair of socks and that’s because of the way the material needs to fit.

yarn types

The most common sock yarns are DK weight, fingering weight and worsted weight, and they can typically be found in any fiber you desire. So, whether you want to craft some bulky winter knee socks, hiking socks or soft, traditional socks, sock yarn is where to go.  

Self Striping Yarn For a Colourful Change

Throughout our yarn website, you’ll hear a lot about self-striping yarn and that’s because it’s a huge trend. Self-striping yarns are yarns that have various colours woven together to create a stylish appeal. The colours change throughout the knitting designs, allowing every piece you create to be unique in its own way. Self-striping yarns are often used to create scarves, socks, hats, mitts, blankets – you name it.

self-striping yarns

Hand Dyed Yarn for True Handmade Creations

You’ll also come across several hand-dyed yarn varieties. These are excellent knitting materials for the true artisan out there, as each piece of yarn may not be identical to the next even if they come from the same dye. This is important to know if you intend to knit 100% identical pieces.

The benefit of using this type of yarn is that it emits exquisite, hand-crafted beauty that you simply can’t get from brick and motor stores and products.  

Yarns from Animals

Yarns come from many different places, and some are even made with animal-based fibers from sheep (as the merino wool), llamas, goats (cashmere and mohair), alpacas, etc. Each has their own unique characteristics and softness. However, it’s important to know what type of animal the yarn is made of, as this can instantly determine whether or not you want to use it.

For example, you may not want to use animal based yarns that are produced unethically and unnaturally from animals such as rabbits and foxes. This is a very important thing to consider, especially if you’re knitting for profit. Everyone appreciates yarns that are naturally provided by animals, such as wool from sheep, but the same can’t be said for all the rest. 

types of yarn

Plant Producing Yarns

Plants are also great sources of yarn that don’t harm the environment in any way.  These are a huge trend in today’s knitting industry, as people are starting to prefer natural, safe materials as opposed to synthetic ones.

Some common types of natural plant-based yarns include cotton, bamboo, hempsilk & seacell. Each have their own level of softness, which can help you determine which one is best for your knitting designs.

yarn made from seaweed

Synthetic Fibers is Great for Starters

While synthetic fibers aren't always the most common type of yarns used today, they still hold precedence and can be perfect for your knitting designs. These types of yarns are typically acrylic, which is an inexpensive and machine washable option, making them ideal for many knitting designs. They’re also a great yarn to start with if you’re a knitting beginner.

And that’s not even getting into the true depth of the different varieties of yarn available across the industry. From speckled yarns to solid tones, lace to bulky yarn weight, everything you need to knit up your knitting designs can be found on Biscotte Yarns. Join our mystery yarn club today and enjoy new yarn to turn into a unique knitting patterns on the regular. You just never know what you're going to unravel. 

NEWBIE KNITTER? Find more info about Knitting yarn types, knitting stitches and other resources for beginners on eKnittingStitches.com

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