December 04 2020 – Sarah Cleeton
What exactly is marled knitting? It's when you knit with two or more strands of yarns in different colours or weights to create a completely unique and beautiful fabric and it's all the rage these days in the knitting world! In this post, we've compiled our current favourite marled knitting patterns to share with you and hopefully inspire you to cast on a new project.
The Kobuk hat is one of our favourite designs - so much so that we have even put kits together for it using Townhouse Yarns Drury DK and Abbey Lace! This design by Caitlin Hunter of Boyland Knitworks can actually be knit in two different ways. You can either hold a DK weight yarn together with a lace weight mohair for the marled effect (as pictured above) or you can knit Kobuk with a single strand of worsted weight yarn. The choice is yours! But we do love the marled effect and fuzzy warmth of the mohair lace. Top it off with a luxury pom pom or one of our popular Rico pom poms and you have yourself a stylish and warm hat for the season!
The Love Note is a firm favourite here at This is Knit. All together, we've made seven between everyone at the shop with more on the way! This incredibly popular jumper designed by Tin Can Knits knits up rather quickly from the top-down with an eye-catching yoke and a high-low hemline. You can also choose to have your Love Note cropped or full length - the choice is yours! Combine a fingering weight yarn with a lace weight mohair for a dreamy fabric that you will love wearing.
We love the Love Note so much we've put together kits for you to choose from! Take a look at our Townhouse Yarns Love Note Kits where we pair Abbey Lace with Fade St 4ply. Abbey Lace is a 72% mohair and 28% silk blend, while Fade St 4ply is a single ply 70% merino and 30% silk blend, which means this Love Note would be absolutely decadent to wear next to the skin. Alternatively, check out our CaMaRose and Adriafil Love Note Kits where we match CaMaRose Yaku with Adriafil KidSeta for a seriously stunning solid colour look.
This casual hat design from the knitwear designer Isabell Kraemer is knit in the round from the bottom up and features a folded brim (more layers to keep your ears toasty warm!) and a subtle yet fashionable bit of texture. Worked with one strand of fingering weight yarn and one strand of mohair lace, Leni is an excellent choice for your next knitting project! And... it's free on Ravelry!
I think Leni would look stunning with hand dyed yarns to really show off the unique and stunning colour ways you can find them in. For instance, the project featured above was knit using Townhouse Yarns Fade St 4ply in the shade Utopia and Townhouse Yarns Abbey Lace in the shade Seafoam. And take note knitters! Lisa knit this version using these two yarns and still had enough yarn leftover to knit entire second hat!
I also think pairing Yaku and either Midnatssol or Månestråle by CaMaRose would be an excellent choice for a solid colour Leni. Take a close look at Månestråle - see that gorgeous sparkle in there? Who can say no to a little bit of sparkle in their knitting? You can also just knit the Leni hat with a single strand of DK weight yarn if you prefer as well. Take a peek at Drury DK from Townhouse Yarns or DK Tweed from Irish Artisan Yarns for a uniquely Irish twist on this gorgeous design.
Image © Kristin Lehrer
Kristin Lehrer, also known as Voolenvine, designed this stunning beanie that is worked holding - you guessed it - a fingering weight yarn with a lace weight mohair yarn together. Sparkling Cider is a great first beaded knitting project if you have never worked with beads before! Take a look at our bead range and see which one catches your eye! But you can totally omit the beads if you want to. Kristin's pattern is very detailed so you can knit on in confidence with this design. I am currently knitting this hat myself and really enjoying it! There is something so festive about this beanie that I love. Maybe it's because the design looks like little trees topped with stars?
Image © Tif Neilan
Get super cosy this winter with Zoetic. Designed by Tif Neilan, this marled knit jumper features an eye-catching herringbone collar and sleeve cuffs. Zoetic can be knit either by holding two fingering weight yarns with a single strand of lace weight mohair or by holding a single strand of DK weight yarn along with a single strand of lace weight mohair. You can really get adventurous with marling different yarns together for this sweater!
Lisa is currently knitting her own version of Zoetic using Townhouse Yarns Fade St 4ply in the shade Trench, Olann Sock Lite in the shade Field, and CaMaRose Månestråle in the shade Havgron. Zoetic is a fantastic garment for highlighting gorgeous hand dyed yarns!
That concludes our top five marled knitting patterns for this season! What do you think? Does anything catch your eye? Or maybe you have something to recommend we check out! Let us know!