Bulky Yarns, One of Winter's Hottest Knitting Trends
Super chunky knits are in. Start and finish cowls, scarves, and hats for winter quickly with these big yarns. And you’ll find more chunky inspiration in the Fall/Winter issue of knit.purl: see runway garments by designer Jasmine Gonzalez, which were knitted on custom size 150 needles! For tips and projects ideas for super-bulky yarn, check out designer Mari Chiba's post here.
1 Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky
CONTENT: 50% alpaca, 50% wool PUT-UP: 45 yds [41 m]/31/2 oz [100 g] CONSTRUCTION: Single-ply CARE: Handwash, dry flat; or dry clean RECOMMENDED GAUGE: 8 sts = 4" (10 cm) on size 15 (10 mm) needles
Appropriately named, Bulky yarn is exactly that. A blend of alpaca and wool lightly spun together, Bulky has a near-roving look and feel. This truly soft and bouncy yarn knits up into a full project before you can say “cowl.” Beautifully rich hues, pastels, and neutrals bring basic stitch patterns to life.
2 Knit Collage Sister Yarn
CONTENT: 100% wool PUT-UP: 100–110 yds [91–101 m]/71/2 oz [215 g] CONSTRUCTION: Single-ply CARE: Handwash, dry flat RECOMMENDED GAUGE: 2.5–3.5 sts per inch (2.5 cm) on size 11–19 (8–15.5 mm) needles
Single-ply, thick-and-thin texture, and heathered tones give Sister Yarn from Knit Collage its unique character. This yarn creates a funky and fun fabric that varies in thickness. It’s perfect for warm accessories with an effortless touch of sass. Worked with other adorned Knit Collage yarns or on its own—in even the simplest stitch patterns—it creates an intrinsically dramatic final piece.
3 Manos del Uruguay Franca, distributed by Fairmount Fibers
CONTENT: 100% superwash merino PUT-UP: 114 yds [105 m]/53/10 oz [150 g] CONSTRUCTION: Single-ply CARE: Machine wash or handwash in cool water, dry flat RECOMMENDED GAUGE: 10 sts = 4” (10 cm) on size 13–15 (9–10 mm) needles
Brand-new super bulky Franca is the latest single-ply merino from Manos del Uruguay. The watercolor-inspired skeins are reminiscent of land, sea, and sky, and they have easy-washing appeal thanks to the superwash merino content.
4 Brown Sheep Company Burly Spun
CONTENT: 100% wool PUT-UP: 132 yds [121 m]/8 oz [227 g] CONSTRUCTION: Single-ply CARE: Not specified RECOMMENDED GAUGE: 10 sts = 4” (10 cm) on size 13 (9 mm) needles
Burly Spun comes in more than forty colorways—perfect for the gift-giver seeking just the right color for a special project. Wool makes this yarn a great option for needlefelted embellishments. One skein yields enough yarn to knit up a full hat or cowl, or you can grab a few extras and churn out a super cozy sweater.
5 HiKoo Zumie, distributed by Skacel
CONTENT: 50% acrylic, 30% wool, 20% nylon PUT-UP: 110 yds [101 m]/7 oz [200 g] CONSTRUCTION: Single-ply CARE: Handwash, dry flat RECOMMENDED GAUGE: 2–2.5 sts per inch on size 13 (9 mm) needles
Zoom, zoom, Zumie right along with bright colors and a softly sturdy fiber. With a one-skein pattern printed on each ball band, this yarn is a kit in itself. The fiber contents of Zumie lend themselves to easy care and to durable, next-to-the-skin wear.
6 Loopy Mango Big Loop Merino
CONTENT: 100% merino PUT-UP: 120 yds [110 m]/40 oz [1134 g] CONSTRUCTION: Single-ply CARE: Dry clean RECOMMENDED NEEDLE: size 50 (25 mm)
Big Loop Merino is truly a unique yarn. Seemingly larger than life, the single-ply knits up into anything instantaneously on size 50 needles. The gauge of this yarn is a game-changer, allowing for quick big knits, such as blankets or cushions, or smaller but seriously chunky hats and cowls.