Ways to Mix Yarn: A Brilliant Solution for Stash Busting

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If you're ever going to use up those little scraps of yarn — yes, including that three yards of luxurious silk you're saving in your stash — then you'll probably want to think about ways to mix yarn together in one project.

When we talk about mixing stash yarn, we're not just talking about using different colors. We're also talking about mixing different textures, fibers, brands, weights — there's no limit to what you can combine.

Ready to say buh-bye to that stash yarn that's taking over your home? Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you mix yarn.

Knitted patchwork recipe blanket pattern

Photo via Bluprint member iMake

Yarn weights unite

The Knitted Patchwork Recipe  pictured above it's free to download!) was created using sock-weight yarn of various colors, fibers, and brands. If you want your mix of yarns to result in a similar gauge, then matching weights is a great place to start. This patchwork can be created using any weight of yarn you'd like, so dig in that stash and see what you can find.

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Swatch until you're happy

The key to mixing yarns is to work up swatches. Trying out the combination is the only way you'll ever know if the mix makes you happy or has the effect you're going for. Sometimes I even pin my swatches to a bulletin board and consider the options for a few days before making a decision.

Try double stranded

Mixing yarns doesn't just mean alternating yarn every couple of rows. It can also mean that you knit two different types of yarn held together at the same time. Who needs a variegated yarn when you have two complementary yarns in your stash that would look amazing together?

Try double-stranded to make a cool color combo, or pair a bulky yarn with a beaded yarn to see what kind of texture results.

Stash Eater Sampler Scarf knitting pattern

Stash Eater Sampler Scarf  photo via Bluprint member Carolyn Doe

Color palettes matter

You can get as creative as you want when you're mixing yarns, but keep color in mind when you're playing around. Check out the  Stash Eater Sampler Scarf  pictured above. This scarf was created using several different yarns of the same weight, and the color palette has an autumn feel.

Not feeling confident about creating your own color palette? Learn about how a color wheel can help guide your choices.

Try multiple gauges

Knitting with yarns of different gauges can create gorgeous textures and colors. I especially love using multiple gauge yarns when I'm creating freeform wall art. Check out more tips and inspiration for knitting with multiple gauges in one project .

Lieblingsschal knitted shawl

Photo via Bluprint member extremhaeklerin

Wool meets mohair

I love how Bluprint member extremhaeklerin combined sock yarn with mohair to create the shawl pictured above. The mohair ruffle gives the shawl a nice lofty edge that softens up the look of the entire piece.

Don't be afraid to combine different fibers. Using a different fiber as a border, like extremhaeklerin did in the shawl above, is a simple no-risk way to experiment. Once you're comfortable, think about alternating fibers in a striped project or even knitting with two fibers at the same time.

Caring for the finished project

Something else to keep in mind as you mix different fibers is care. For instance, are you mixing a superwash wool with a regular wool? If so, you won't be able to take advantage of the superwash yarn's easy care instructions.

No matter what you're blending together, you'll have to follow the care instructions for the most delicate yarn.

Need more advice on mixing yarns? This yarn on mixing different yarn gauges will give you some inspiration.

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