Self-striping yarns: the rabbit hole of fibres

I have a thing about self-striping yarns. There’s something fascinating and mesmerizing and magical about watching the colours change. Even the simplest of patterns is transformed into something beautiful and exciting to knit.

Self-striping yarn projects

Self-striping yarns create all the impact of a multi-coloured project without having to deal with the hassle of alternating skeins (linear stripes) or creating bobbins (intarsia) or mastering the tension of the float (stranded knitting).

Just for the record, I detest stranded knitting 😉

Despite my uneven tension, these mitts have been well-loved!

Despite my uneven tension, these mitts have been well-loved!

Remember the Noro striped scarf that everyone was knitting three winters ago?

Both are knit in Noro Silk Garden. I gave the other two away.

Both are knit in Noro Silk Garden. I gave the other two away.

I not only knit four of them, I fell utterly and hopelessly down the rabbit hole and knit an entire blanket in 1 by 1 rib.

Yes. An. Entire. 5′ by 5′. Blanket. (Not that I’d encourage anybody to follow in my footsteps, but here’s the link to the pattern 😉 ).


I literally could not put my needles down, compelled to knit ‘just until I reached the next colour, honey’, often into the wee hours of the night.

Alas, I feel like I’m falling again.

This came home with me from Knit City. A lovely blend of merino, cashmere and nylon (70/20/10)  in the rich, jewel-tones that I crave this time of year.

You can find this yarn at This is the MCN Fingering 'shawl striping' yarn. It comes in 'sock striping' too!

You can find this yarn at This is the MCN Fingering ‘shawl striping’ yarn. It comes in ‘sock striping’ too!

It’s going to be a Boneyard Shawl.

While I love triangular shawls, I do find that the wider, narrower versions are inherently more wearable. Thankfully, Stephen West has published a modified version of the original pattern that’s exactly the shape I prefer (you can find the modified pattern here).

It’s an easy, almost-beginner pattern that can be knit with two different skeins or a single self-striping skein. All you need to know is how to cast on and off, knit, purl, YO (yarn-over) and M1L/M1R (make left and right-leaning stitches; the pattern tells you exactly how to do these last two).

Boneyard Shawl Version 2.0

Wondering if I can drag my Facebook knitting group down the rabbit hole with me… (if you’re new to knitting and want to join us on our adventures, just click on the link above and request an invite; we’d love to have you!)

Here’s hoping my three current WIP’s (works-in-progress) will forgive me for stepping out on them…

How many WIP’s do you have on the needles?

What’s your favourite multi-colour knitting technique?


About fitknitchick

Fitness professional, scientist, mother of three, avid knitter and collector of fine yarns, FitFluential Ambassador
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2 Responses to Self-striping yarns: the rabbit hole of fibres

  1. villalaluna says:

    WIP’s is tough…I usually have between three and four projects going at the same time (not including projects on indefinite hold). I like to have a small, portable project, like socks; a couple of sitting-in-front of the TV mindless projects, these can be sweaters because the tricky parts don’t often last long and I’m a marker as well as iPhone knit counter fiend to keep track of things and then a “challenging”, learning experience project.
    Last year did the original Boneyard Shawl pattern in Blue Heron’s rayon/metallic yarn in Pink Pearl/silver rm and it has become my go-to scarf because of it’s beautiful drape.
    As self stripping yarns go, for socks I really like Bergère de France’s Goomy 50, they describe it as “Hassle-free fair-isle!” and they are totally right!
    Not new to knitting but can I join the Facebook group?


    • fitknitchick says:

      I’m like you; right now I have 4 projects on the go. Forgot about that finished sock that still needs a mate..
      We’d love to have you join the group. There are knitters of all experience levels there. Please click on the link in the post to request an invite. Or search Facebook for ‘Fitknitchick’s Knitting Bootcamp’!


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