My Self-Striping Situation

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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

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.

photo credit: Patons Kroy and yarnspirations.com

photo credit: Patons Kroy and yarnspirations.com

photo credit: www.Knitpicks.com

photo credit: www.Knitpicks.com

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

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.

photo credit: www.biscotteyarns.com

photo credit: www.biscotteyarns.com

Turtle Purl Yarns

photo credit: Turtle Purl yarns

photo credit: 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.