Randkluft Scarf: A Study in Contrasting Yarns

As we plan each issue, there are quite a few decisions that need to be made. The first and, obviously, most important decision is picking the designs to be included in the issue. As we’re reviewing the submitted designs, we have to decide whether we’re sticking with the themes we listed in the call for submissions or going with something else, especially if the designs sent to us don’t quite fit the theme.

The next decision is choosing the yarn for each project. While this may seem like a simple task, in some ways it’s more difficult than selecting the designs themselves. The goal is to not only choose a yarn that fits the project but also find a yarn that doesn’t make the project cost prohibitive. Believe me, there is much calculation and searching on the internet during this process.

Swaddle and North Shore

And this is exactly what happened when we were choosing the yarn for the Randkluft Scarf in the Interweave Crochet Winter 2020  issue. Since the focus of the story was Glacial Cool, we knew we wanted to find a yarn with texture to mimic mounds of snow, but we also were looking for a smoother yarn that would be a good foil for this yarn, just as is ice on which snow piles up. In the end, we chose Cascade Yarns Swaddle for the bumpy, textured yarn and Cascade Yarns North Shore for the smooth yarn. It’s more obvious in the strand than in the scarf, but there’s a definite texture difference between these two yarns.

Swaddle and North Shore contrasting yarns

Swaddle and North Shore

 

Swaddle and North Shore swatch

Swaddle and North Shore swatch

Magnum and 220 Fingering

If you are like me and enjoy making modifications to your projects, perhaps you’d like some yarn options that will give this scarf a different look. We’ve got you covered there, too. If you’re looking for something less textured but with definite yarn contrast, perhaps consider Cascade Yarns Magnum paired with Cascade Yarns 220 Fingering. Both of these yarns are made with 100% Peruvian highland wool, and they worked together to create some amazing results.

Magnum and 220 Fingering contrast yarns

Magnum and 220 Fingering contrast yarns

Magnum and 220 Fingering swatch

Magnum and 220 Fingering swatch

Pluscious and Cherub

If you’re looking for more texture, you’ll definitely want to check out Cascade Yarns Pluscious and Cascade Yarns Cherub DK. Pluscious is a chenille-type yarn that I would describe as “fluttery.” It was great to work with and paired well with Cherub DK.

Pluscious and Cherub contrast yarns

Pluscious and Cherub contrast yarns

Pluscious and Cherub swatch

Pluscious and Cherub swatch

What do you think of these three options for contrasting yarns? Which one would you choose for the Randkluft Scarf? Please let us know in the comments.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and, as always, Happy Stitching!

Susanna

Top image: Randkluft Scarf CREDIT: Harper Point Photography


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