Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Simple Knitting Patterns for Hand-dyed Lace Yarn

Have you ever wondered what to do with your stashed skeins of lush hand-dyed lace yarn? It can be tricky to find patterns that are interesting and yet simple enough to let the colours come through without obscuring the patterning. I've selected three free patterns that work well with yarns like these.

1. If you don't like working a lacy pattern, the Unisex Seeded Rib Scarf is great to let your yarn shine. The seed stitch section will bring out the colours in a way that's different from the stockinette section. Simple, easy and interesting.

2. If you do like lace patterns, why not try this Easy Lace Stole? The regular patterning will suit semisolid colourways or yarn containing shades of similar colours such as pink, red and purple or turquoise, blue and green. Or if you like it really colourful, take the wildest combination you can find!

3. Finally, this is a beautiful pattern: plain, but with interesting detail nonetheless. The holes are what drew me to the Holey Square Shawl, but if you want to liven it up a bit, using some beautifully hand-dyed yarn would be perfect.

What do you like to knit with hand-dyed yarns? Which colour combinations work best for you?


  1. These are awesome suggestions. I love multicolored yarn, so I buy a ton of it. Only I never seem to know what to do with it...

  2. I always have that problem too. *looks at boxes full of colourful yarn* The yarns are great, but it is so hard to find something to knit with them. I will keep my eyes open for more suitable patterns in the future.