HeartStrings FiberArts
Inspiration & Patterns for Wearable Art in Timeless Styles
Gallery Catalog Resources Places to Buy Meet Jackie E-S
WHAT'S NEW

Get News & Specials
Sign up for free


PRODUCTS

The Pattern Collections
Easy Knitting
Scarves/Stoles
Faroese Shawls
Other Shawl Shapes
Sweaters & Vests
Socks & Fun Footwear
For the Hands
Neck & Up Coverings
For the Man
For Baby
Home Decor
Jewelry
Minis and Miscellany
Bookmarks
Toys
Holidays & Seasons
Comfort Collection
I Hate to Purl
All Beaded Patterns
PDF Pattern Catalog
Patterns by Yarn Weight
Tutorials

SHOPPING

Downloadable Patterns
Ravelry
Craftsy
Patternfish
KnitHeartStrings
Printed Patterns
Kits and Supplies

STAY IN TOUCH

Newsletter Archive
Jackie's Blog
Free Gift

Want to help me with some of the costs of providing free educational resources? Every donation counts. Your donation, small or large, is very much appreciated. Thank you!


"Your patterns are just fabulous ... unique and yet based on tradition."
- Jennifer C.
"I just love the simplicity of your patterns and the complexity of their appearance."
- Maureen M.
"
"I enjoy your website. It is easy to use and full of information ..."
- Debby L.
"... I love Heartstrings patterns. They are clear and well presented and Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer, the designer, is just a lovely, inspiring woman - well worth supporting by the purchase of the pattern."
- Kimberly L.

Crazy Quilt Combination of Colors

Using small amounts of yarn in knitting projects
by Jackie E-S

Sometimes we collect small amounts of yarns that are not by themselves enough to use for a project. These may be the result of left over yarn from another project. Or sometimes that lone ball of designer yarn in the close-out bin calls to us, but how and what to use it for? Or maybe even some yarn we handspun for a sample.

Q: Do you have any suggestions for making projects using a sort of crazy quilt combination of colors?

A: Using "patchwork" techniques ala Horst Schultz and other recently published designs that are modular, has become very popular. Anything based on stripes, as well as of course using multiple colors in Fair Isle and Intarsia techniques are classic approaches. Many of the designs by Kaffee Fassett are a modern takeoff on Fair Isle designs using not only color, but fiber and textural variety. If you are concerned about wearing horizontal stripes, choose instead those projects that put the stripes on the bias, or vertically.

Q: What kind of problems do you see in such a project particularly since I have various fibers?

A: I am rather daring when it comes to working projects in multiple types of fibers. Basically, your care is restricted to your most restrictive fiber. Some knowledge of elasticity and density helps, but overall if different fibers (and even weights) are distributed fairly evenly throughout a garment, it can be successful. Remember that finer yarns can be held together and used as one. Also, see Must I Wash Yarn before Using?

Q: Should I have one unifying color that gets repeated?

A: Generally yes, or at least some kind of balanced scheme. If it's hard to plan this out ahead of time, then work separate modular sections, when finished lay out to come up with a pleasing arrangement, then sew together.

Another approach is to take your best shot at a knit-as-you-go garment, then duplicate stitch or otherwise embellish (sort of like crazy quilting) to balance out colors and textures in any problematic areas.

So, what do YOU think? What is the largest number of different yarns you have used in any one single project? Mine is 67 – one of these days I want to get it photoed and maybe share a little about it if you are interested. I'd like to hear about yours, too. If you'd like to share what you've done and maybe have it mentioned in an upcoming article, let me know!

Return to Index of Jackie E-S Articles & Tips.

Thank you for interest. I am here to serve you and help keep your knitting a pleasurable experience. If you have questions or need assistance with purchasing or knitting my HeartStrings patterns, let me know. Sincerely, Jackie E-S

Email address: jackie@heartstringsfiberarts.com
Phone: 678-262-6338 or 877-764-2747 (toll-free in US)
Postal address: HeartStrings, Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer, 53 Parlange Drive, Destrehan LA 70047-2133 USA

Company
Meet Jackie E-S
What's New
As Seen In
e-Newsletter
Privacy Statement
Design Gallery
Easy Knitting
Lace Scarves/Stoles
Beaded Scarves
Faroese Shawls
Other Shawls
Sweaters & Vests
Socks & Fun Footwear
Wrist Warmers
Neck & Up Coverings
Other Goodies
Holidays & Seasons
Comfort Collection
Sock Journal
I Hate to Purl
All Beaded Patterns

Where to Buy Patterns
Stores
Downloadable Patterns
Classes
Tutorials
Online Classes

Popular Mini-Tutorials
Playing with Color
Using a Swift
Wraps per Inch
What is Blooming?
To Seam or Not?
Dealing with Ends?
The Lifeline
Blocking in Progress
Blocking Tips
Repairing a Disaster
Lever-Action Knitting
3R's of Knitting
Resources
Catalogs and Flyers
Newsletter Archive
Jackie E-S Blog
Articles & Tips
Link Banners
Pattern Index
Errata
Site Map
Search Site

Last revised Tuesday, 05-Mar-2013 08:12:50 CST