Are you absolutely in love with the Along the Shores Fingerless Mitts knitting pattern but have no idea what yarn to use? Continue reading for color recommendations using Queen City Yarn yarn (that's the yarn that I used), for affordable yarn recommendations, and for a list of resources to search for other yarns that will work for the pattern!
A fun, simplistic design, the Along the Shores Fingerless Mitts make for a fun canvas to play with an interesting yarn. The mitts feature a herringbone cuff (or the option of a ribbed cuff) and a simplistic wave texture; otherwise it's mostly a stockinette knit! My main recommendation when choosing a yarn for the pattern is to not choose a very dark yarn, as you will likely end up hiding both textures.
I designed the mitts using Queen City Yarn’s NoDa Sock fingering weight yarn in the On the Dock colorway, a lovely combination of blues and greens that speak to marine life. The mitts look great in most solid, tonal, and variegated yarns.
(Learn more about the pattern design inspiration here.)
Note: All yarn images are from the credited websites.
Queen City Yarn also had a sample knit up using their newly released colorway, Early Evening.
Queen City Yarn Colors
Because the patterning on the mitts is so simplistic, you really could select just about any colorway from Queen City Yarn's shop, and the resulting mitts would look amazing. However, to narrow down your options a little, I've selected a handful of colors that I think would especially look great with the Along the Shores Fingerless Mitts pattern.
Alternative Yarns List
Can't afford hand-dyed yarn? I completely understand! That is A-OK! Here I've selected a list of more affordable fingering weight yarns that would also work with this design. (Note: I am not affiliated with any of the links -- I am just providing this list for your reference.)
I've provided a few bits of information on each yarn for your own comparison. All prices shown are USD and do not account for shipping costs. The list is ordered from least expensive to most expensive per gram. For the sake of comparison, I've written everything in terms of 100 grams. The yarns with yardages and fiber content most similar to the yarn that I used typically create the most similar fabrics to the original design.
The yarn that I used was: 75% Merino, 25% Nylon; 463 yards/100 grams
80% Acrylic, 10% Polyamide,10% Mohair; 447 yds/100 grams; $5.87/100 grams
88% Acrylic, 7% PBT, 5% Glitter; 448 yds/100 grams; $5.99/100 grams
75% wool/25% polyamide; 460 yds/100 grams; $7.90/100 grams
75% Wool, 25% Nylon; 436 yds/100 grams; $10.98/100 grams
75% Merino/25% Nylon; 462 yds/100 grams; $11.98/100 grams
100% wool; 440 yds/100 grams; $13/100 grams
75% Merino/25% Silk; 440 yds/100 grams; $15.98/100 grams