Loving the Gracefully Shawl knitting pattern but not sure what yarn to use? Continue reading for color recommendations using Tippy Tree Yarns (the yarn that I used), affordable yarn suggestions, and a list of resources to search for other yarns that will work for the pattern!
A fun, engaging, textured pattern, the Gracefully Shawl is a simple but elegant accessory perfect for dressing up a simple outfit.
Because this wrap was originally designed for the Tippy Tree Yarns Grace Kelly ICON MKAL, I used the Tippy Tree Yarns Audrey Hepburn Advent MKAL yarns for July 2021 ~ the colors were called Femme Fatale, Elegance, Romance, and Princess Grace. They were so pretty!
But, of course, they were part of the special event and are not available for purchase. The shawl will look great in most solid, tonal, and lightly speckled yarns. The main thing to remember when selecting your yarn is that the darker and/or the busier the yarn is, the more it will hide the textures.
(Learn more about the inspiration behind the design here.)
Tippy Tree Yarns Colors
The pattern is easy to customize in the color order and the number of colors you wish to use. The shawl was designed with four 50-gram skeins of fingering weight, but you may wish to use 2 full 100-gram skeins of fingering weight instead. If you're working with two colors, you can either work all of skein one and then all of skein two, or you can work skein one for colors 1 and 3, and skein two for colors 2 and 4. If you're working with three colors, I would likely combine colors 3 and 4 in the pattern for your third color.
So, here I've put together combinations of 2, 3, and 4 colors that I think will look great for the Gracefully Shawl pattern. I've ordered them in the direction I would choose for the shawl, starting with color 1 on the left and ending with color 4 on the right.
Just click on the photo to view that color in the Tippy Tree Yarns shop!
Note: The following yarn images are from the credited websites.
2-Color Yarn Combinations
Twist and Captivating
Mountainside and Captivating
You Jump I Jump and Pinecone
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off and Pinecone
3-Color Yarn Combinations
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, Windsor Castle, and Live Again
The Chestnuts, Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship, and Last Page First
Branches, I Smell Snow, and I Want Candy
4-Color Yarn Combinations
Branches, Last Page First, Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship, and It's Raining Men
Live Again, Windsor Castle, Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, and Pinecone
That's Mine This Is Yours, 1000 Yellow Daisies, Everything is Magical, and I Want Candy
Sweet Treats, Twist, Captivating, and Mountainside
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 should 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 have also not worked with any of the yarns. These suggestions are purely from some internet searching.)
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% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon; 463 yds/100 grams
80% Acrylic, 10% Polyamide,10% Mohair; 447 yds/100 grams; $5.87/100 grams
*Due to the mohair, this will create a slightly fuzzy fabric with less definition in the lace.
75% wool/25% polyamide; 460 yds/100 grams; $7.90/100 grams
75% Wool, 25% Nylon; 436 yds/100 grams; $10.98/100 grams