4 Knitting Patterns Perfect for Your Handspun Yarn
The new year inspires many of us to plan and cast-on fresh projects. We page through magazines and search online for the perfect knitting patterns to showcase our handspun yarn. Look no further! Here are a few of my favorite projects from Spin Off’s 2018 issues.
1. Spindle-Spun Socks! by Devin Helmen
What spinner doesn’t love a warm and cozy pair of handspun socks? Find Devin Helmen’s adaptation of his great aunt’s socks in the Winter 2018 issue of Spin Off. Devin prefers a tightly plied 2-ply yarn and favors spinning for socks on low-whorl spindles (affiliate link). When knitting handspun socks, Devin says, “The important thing is to choose a gauge appropriately firm for socks. I knit my socks on size 1 needles (affiliate link), and I would use size 0 if my hands did not hate that needle size.” Good advice!
2. Energized Cinder Blocks Cowl by Amy Tyler
One of the reasons many of us became handspinners was to have control over our yarn, and a great way to add dimension and depth to our knitted projects is to spin and knit yarn with lots of energy. Handspun-energized singles contain active twist, but all of the pent-up energy can make working with the singles a challenge. In the Spring 2018 issue of Spin Off, Amy Tyler shares her tips for knitting with energized yarn. The Energized Cinder Blocks Cowl makes a great first project.
3. Helianthus Mitts by Stefanie Johnson
Ever wonder what colors the plants in your yard will yield? In the Summer 2018 issue of Spin Off, Stefanie Johnson explores two common plants, marigold and black walnut, in her article “Easy Methods of Dyeing Fiber Naturally with Ubiquitous Midwestern Plants.” It’s not too early to plan your summer dye garden and experiments with color. These stranded colorwork Helianthus Mitts show off Stefanie’s handspun, hand-dyed yarn beautifully!
4. Handspun Shetland Half Hap original design by Rebecca Blair, adapted for handspinning by Sara Greer
Looking for a larger project? It’s not too late to join us for the Spin Off Hapalong happening over on Ravelry! Looking for a hap pattern? Check out the Fall 2018 issue of Spin Off. Sara Greer tailored Rebecca Blair’s full hap, which was featured in Interweave Knits Gifts 2018, to work with her bulky-weight handspun yarn. Of course, you could knit Rebecca’s full version—now that’s a worthy challenge for 2019!
The easiest way to get access to all of these knitting patterns featuring handspun yarn is to download the 2018 Spin Off Digital Collection. You’ll get all of the patterns above plus spinning articles that help you hone your skills and inspire you to learn more.
What did you knit with your handspun yarn in 2018? Share with us in the comments below!
Featured Image: Have you knit a handspun hap? Check out the Fall 2018 issue of Spin Off to learn more about haps.