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Spring Knitting Inspiration with Stormy Sock Yarn

Knitting Inspiration with Stormy Sock Yarn

With its gorgeous collection of eight space-dyed colorways, Stormy is one of the most inspiring yarns in the Yarnalia collection. The medley of self-patterning colors take center stage in every project, allowing you to experiment with different stitch patterns and designs. Best of all, the generous yardage of 434yds/100g at a fingering weight is suitable for long stretches of mindless stitching, which is exactly the kind of project we all want to be working on as the weather gets warmer! Let Stormy inspire your next spring project. Here are some ideas to get you started.


Fingering-weight yarn, which is defined by a knitted gauge range of 27 – 32 stitches over four inches, is commonly referred to as sock yarn. And Stormy, with its smooth 4-ply construction and soft yet durable blend of 70% superwash merino and 30% nylon, was made for knitting socks! Stormy’s space dyed colorways mean that the color of your yarn will constantly shift as you knit, making an adventurous project of even the simplest sock design. The pair shown here was knit in the colorway Summer Sunset. True to its name, it features shades of seashell pink, teal, sky blue and cerulean that evoke a sky at late dusk.


Asymmetrical garter-stitch shawls and self-striping sock yarns are a classic pairing of the Ravelry era. This style of shawl is typically uses shaping such as short rows, eyelets, increase and decrease stitches to mold and shape the direction of the fabric, which in turn causes the color pooling sections in a self-striping yarn to bend and skew into colorful motifs. Martina Behm’s Baltic Summer shawl uses triple increases and decreases to create a subtle chevron wave. Shown here in the Stormy colorway Sand Dunes, the pattern perfectly recalls the undulating rivulets on a sandy shore. The shawl design also embellishes the wave motif with delightful wavy edgings, which are crisply defined here thanks to Softy’s balanced blend of superwash wool and nylon.



The Grace Hat, designed by Matthew Schrank, is the signature Stormy design in Yarnalia’s collection of free knitting patterns. While the original sample was knit in the Sand Dunes colorway, the WIP pictured here shows what Grace would look like in Summer Sunset. If a sock yarn like Stormy seems like an unconventional choice for knitting a hat, consider that fingering-weight yarns create lightweight, supple knits that work well for fitted garments—like hats! Stormy also has great stitch definition, which makes the k2, p2 ribbing extra squishy. And, of course, the infinite color changes keep things interesting while you work the long ribbed tube. Knit from one skein of Stormy, Grace is a rhythmic summer knit that will produce your new favorite fall hat.


Self-striping sock yarns

Self-striping sock yarns like Stormy make a perfect pairing with crochet designs, especially colorful granny squares! The space-dyed colorways in Stormy do the work for you of creating color changes from round to round. The double-crochet shells in the granny squares pictured above isolate the tonal neutrals of the Sand Dunes colorway into blocks of beige, tan, white, and pale olive. The look is wearable and modern, creating an ideal palette for a wear-with-everything skinny scarf. To create this scarf, crochet the desired number of granny squares, joining each square as you go with mattress stitch. Finish the look with a single-crochet border and some long fringe at either end, and you’ve got a boho accessory that’s very on-trend for Spring 2023.

Will you be casting on with Stormy as the weather gets warmer? Be sure to tag @yarnalia when you share your WIPs on Instagram. We’d love to see what you’re working on!

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