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What to make with self-striping yarns

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A Despicable Sock being knit up in the Berry Colorful Yarnings Evil Minion colorway.
A Despicable Sock being knit up in the Berry Colorful Yarnings Evil Minion colorway.

Sock knitters looking for a fun project should pre-order a skein of “Despicable Me”-themed self-striping yarn from Berry Colorful Yarnings and join the Despicable Socks KAL on Ravelry. You might also want to head over to the Invictus Yarns Etsy shop, where self-striping yarns in a bunch of bright colorways are available.

If, like me, you’ve resisted the temptation to start knitting socks (getting stuck on “sleeve island” can be hard enough) there are still some great accessories and garments you can make without having to change colors. Here are just some of the non-sock patterns that pair well with these yarns:


Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure

Noro Silk Garden Indoor Beanie by Britta Kremke

Vanilla Beanie Beanie by Virginia Rose-Jeanes (I keep wanting to call this Vanilla Bean Beanie, and now I have David Bowie’s The Jean Genie in my head…)


Kary’s Chevron Scarf by Kary Jarred

Ruffled Baktus Scarf by Louise Felice

Double Stripe Cowl by Joy McMillan


Wingspan by Maylin Tri’Coterie Designs

Cladonia and Andrea’s Shawl, both by Kirsten Kapur (Both require a solid color for the lace edging.)

Stripe Study by Veera Välimäki (Use self-striping yarn with a solid for a slightly different effect.)

Hitchhiker by Martina Behm


Karelia by Ann Weaver: I’m planning to make this in semisolid and variegated shades of Dragonfly Fibers Pixie, but I think the skirt portion, or the top, could work in a self-striping colorway.

Add some of your own suggestions, including links to your projects, in the comments! If you’re on Pinterest, check out the board for this post, with more patterns to be added in the future.


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