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Self-striping and self-patterning yarns are my weakness. It’s difficult for me to resist a lovely stripe. A cuff-down, plain sock in self-striping yarn is my ultimate comfort knit.
Here are a few of my favourite self-striping yarns:
Patons Kroy is my favourite workhorse yarn. I have socks that I knit with Kroy that are 5 years old. This yarn lasts, people. They have a good selection of colours, the yarn is affordable and widely available at retailers including Michaels, as well as online.
Knit Picks Felici
Knit Picks Felici is a beautiful, soft, and affordable option for self-striping yarns. This is also a work horse yarn. I have socks made with Felici that are 4 years old. The colour options are trendy and gorgeous, but often with limited availability. In the past few years, Felici has been offered on a limited basis where colours are retired, sometimes offered in a limited amount, and for a while i seem to recall it disappeared all together. It’s a good idea to follow Knit Picks on social media if you like to collect Felici, because they always post when there is a sale, new colour way, or other Felici-related offering.
Biscotte Bis-Sock is one of the softest sock yarns I have ever had the pleasure to squish. Seriously. It’s soooo soft. I don’t know what kind of fibre-magic or yarn-trickery they use to make it so soft, but it’s awesome. They have so many colours to choose from that it takes a really long time to narrow down the options. If you have a favourite sports team, they probably have a yarn for it. They also have a good selection of food-inspired and fandom-inspired colourways. This is a luxury yarn, so it’s less affordable, and it’s available exclusively from them (as far as I know, please correct me if I’m wrong). They’re also bilingual, so if French is your preferred language, the offer all communication and patterns in both French and English.
Turtle Purl Yarns
Turtle Purl is my first love in self-striped yarns. I have an on-going love affair with this yarn. In fact, 2 colours are on their way to me as I write this. The yarn is gorgeous, the colours fun and often inspired by pop-culture. I have a lot of pairs of socks knit with this yarn. I also really like the min-skein option: for a few dollars extra, the dyer includes a mini-skein of complimentary yarn for the cuffs and toes of your sock. This yarn comes pre-divided into 2 identical skeins so your socks will be identical twins without you having to re-wind the yarn for the 2nd sock, or figure out where you need to start the 2nd sock so that it will match the first one. This is a really valuable feature that I really appreciate. This is a luxury yarn, and is available directly from the dyer, as well as some yarn stores.
Do you have a favourite self-striping or self-patterning yarn that you think should be on the list? Let us know about it in the comments.