My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

Self-Striping Yarn Studio

I’ve got a great book to review today:


This is Self-Striping Yarn Studio by Carol J. Sulcoski, published by Sterling Publishing. Publication date is August 16, but it is available now — the link above will take you to the book on Amazon.

This is a collection of patterns that use — you guessed it — self-striping yarn for all the designs. But it is a lot more than just a pattern collection. The book starts with a wonderful comprehensive section “All About Self-Striping Yarn.” This section explains how self-striping yarns work, talks about segment length, discusses gradients vs stripes, and pretty much explains everything you could possibly need to know while working with these fun yarns.

The patterns are organized by yarn weight: fingering, dk, and worsted. I could not find the patterns on Ravelry, so just picked a few favorites to show here:


This is the Hexagon Sweater, designed by Amy Gunderson. It is knit from Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo, a self-striping fingering weight wool/bamboo blend. The yarn does all the work here for the color changes and the result is a gorgeous complex-looking sweater! The difficulty rating is intermediate.

Next up:


Chamounix Mittens, designed by Carol Sulcoski, knit from Schachenmayr Regia Design Line by Arne & Carlos. The cuffs are knit from Schachenmayr Regia Silk. These are sock yarns, but look how well they work for mittens!

Moving on to DK weight patterns:

This is the Fairfax Baby Jacket designed by Carol Sulcoski, made from Schachenmayr Regia 6-fadig Color Stripemania — a DK weight sock yarn. Again, the striping in the yarn does a lot of the work for you. This design is rated easy to knit.

Also in the DK weight section:


The Hillaire Pillow, also designed by Carol Sulcoski, made from KFI/Noro Taiyo sport, a cotton/wool blend. This is an easy knit and looks like such fun!

And from the Worsted weight patterns:


The Tracks Scarf, designed by Erika Flory and made from KFY/Noro Silk Garden and Plymouth Galway Worsted. Another easy to knit design that gives striking results — it reminds me of stained glass!

The publisher has thoughtfully offered up a copy of the book for my giveaway so I can selfishly keep my review copy. If you are in the USA or Canada, you can enter the drawing for this book:

Leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time, Sunday, August 14, 2016 and I’ll select a winner at random at that time.

By my next blog post I should have a completed Kallara Shawl to show.

Loki says:




  1. I would love to knit the baby sweater for a new grand baby coming later this year.

  2. I have lots of Regia striping and silk/wool. I wondered what to do with it and those mittens are fantastic.

  3. Oh my gosh! I love this book! ?
    gussek on Ravelry

  4. Kathy Conrad says:

    That looks like a good book for my library.

  5. Those mittens are awesome. And I have *cough*cough* a fair amount of self-striping yarn in my “sock yarn” bin…

    thanks for the opportunity to win what looks like a fantastic book!

  6. Marcia Mahood says:

    I love self striping yarns and live all the creative ideas in this book. Thanks for all you do!

  7. Ruth hibberson says:

    the hexagon sweater looks intriguing. would love to see the whole book

  8. I was recently thinking about trying to dye self striping yarn myself. Maybe this will give me some ideas how to go about it. Thanks, Wendy.

  9. I NEED this book! My yarn stash has so much self-striping yarn (and variegated, and total, and anything but solids!); this would help my to knit down some of it. I’d love some new project ideas to use some of it up.

    You’ve go to love Loki’s enthusiasm!

  10. Michele Ross says:

    I’ve always wondered how self striping yarn works on different sized patterns? Does the pattern differ if you make a small vs a large? Love the book, would be interested in trying some of the patterns!

  11. Mary Anne says:

    I need this sort of inspiration! Would help me come to terms with some of my stripey yarn.

  12. I have a ton of self-striping sock yarn, and I see some great ideas here. Please throw my hat in the ring for this one.

    Oh, and Loki…such a handsome boy! I have a cat crush on this fellow. 🙂

  13. These projects look like so much fun. I’ve used Regia for a puppet and baby sweater, the yarn takes an easy pattern and makes it special. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. I love the hexagon sweater! Thanks for giving us a chance to win this book!

  15. THANKS!

    I would love to win this and delve into the possible creations!
    Self-Striping Yarn Studio by Carol J. Sulcoski, published by Sterling Publishing

  16. Michele Cashen says:

    Looks like a great book. Hope I win. I would love to make that sweater!!

  17. I have quite a bit of self striping yarn and have spun a lot of self striping roving. Would love this book for some great projects.

  18. Lynne Hebner says:

    Oh how I love self striping yarns! Can’t wait to see this book.

  19. This book is on my wish list – thanks for the chance to win it.

  20. I would love to win this book… I have quite the collection of self striping yarn in my stash and I need some new ideas.

  21. This book has something for everybody. I love the mittens

  22. Those patterns are gorgeous! I love colour work and self-striping yarns, and would love that book!

  23. Julie-in-in says:

    What a great looking book. I love self striping yarns, but am so often at a loss for what to do with them. Hope I win 🙂

  24. knittingdancer on Raverly says:

    I love self-striping but sometimes it is hard to find a pattern that will work with the stripes.
    This book would be a great help. Thank you.

  25. Looks like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Jane Kettlewell says:

    The Baby Jacket would be fun to make. I like the scarf too. The book looks like fun:)

  27. Alecia Helton says:

    That adorable baby jacket is just what I’m looking to make for my boss and I’d wife!

  28. gorgeous pieces.
    I was shopping for a kal and drooling over several stripers. But, I hardly ever buy self striping yarns because I just can ‘t seem to pick the right projects to show them off. this book, therefore, seems exactly what I need. (because my stash is *only* 3 giant tubs right now!)
    I want the baby jacket – not for any babies, for me! in a slightly more subdued colorway, maybe.

  29. Love self striping yarn! Thanks!

  30. Made it in time! Thanks for the book offer, Wendy! Hi Loki! (What a lot of !s!)