Knitting with Art Yarn

I hear the question asked all the time… Art yarn is beautiful, but what can I DO with it??

While the term “art yarn” covers a vast array of different sizes and textures of specialty yarn, I’ll try to answer this question in the simplest way. Sort of a catch-all for various different types.

It can be intimidating at first, to find ways to knit with the lumpy, bumpy awesomeness that is Art Yarn. But once you understand it better, you’ll see that it can become an amazing design element, with very little work.

Lightly textured, lumpy bumpy, Art Yarn adds texture to knitted garment
Lightly textured, lumpy bumpy, Art Yarn adds texture to knitted garment

You see, art yarn truly shines when used with basic stitch patterns. Keep the work simple, and let the yarn do the work for you! Fancy stitchwork gets lost among the art yarn texture, but basic stitches are enhanced by the yarn.

Simple stockinette stitch, with a loose gauge allows your work to showcase the texture of the yarn.

Extreme thick and thin yarn, knit in stockinette stitch on large needles
Extreme thick and thin yarn, simple stockinette stitch on large needles

Keeping the gauge loose allows the yarn room to bloom. We wouldn’t want to pack all that lovely texture down now. Give it just enough space to breathe and you’ll love the result. Choose your needle size based on the largest part of the yarn. The blue scarf above has a drastic change in gauge from fingering weight to super bulky, and was knit with size US 13 needles.

Art yarn can be used for any knitted product. It can be the main body of the item, or used as a fancy trim.

Give it a try! You might just create something Wonderful! 🙂

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