Are you in love with the brand new On the Road Again knitting pattern collection but not quite sure what yarns to use? Continue reading for color recommendations using Birch Hollow Fibers yarn (that's the yarn that I used -- and the dyer has put together some yarn kits), affordable yarn suggestions, and a list of resources to search for other yarns that will work for the pattern!
Simple, fun, and addicting to knit, the On the Road Again Hat and Cowl knitting patterns will quickly become your new favorite almost-mindless go-to knits for your family, yourself, and gift knits. The On the Road Again Collection motif uses two (contrasting) colors to create what looks like an endless road wrapping around the circumference of your project.
The collection (including a hat knitting pattern and a cowl knitting pattern) was designed to use just two skeins of yarn for both projects (and, depending on the sizes you knit, you may even have enough yarn for a third! Check out the cowl I knit to use up the last of my scraps here on Ravelry).
The yarn that I used is Birch Hollow Fibers Phillis DK in Baby Ann (blue) and Sword Steel (gray). The hat will look great with any two contrasting solid, tonal, or lightly speckled yarns. If you'd like for the motif to be very clear, be sure to use colors that have a high contrast. If you'd like for the motif to be more subtle, you'll want to choose colors that have a lower contrast (this can include yarns with more speckles in them as well).
(Learn more about the inspiration behind the design here.)
Birch Hollow Fibers Colors
Birch Hollow Fibers carries a beautiful array of colors, many of which would work together well for the On the Road Again Collection (Hat and Cowl). Here I've put together a few combinations, as well as a few that the dyer, Robin, has put together. If you're reading this at the time of the collection release (March 2021), be sure to check out Robin's shop for some yarn kits (patterns not included) for the patterns! Just click on the photo to view that color in the Birch Hollow Fibers shop!
Note: The following yarn images are from the credited websites.
Recommended by the Dyer: Paris and Fir
Recommended by the Dyer: Winter Blush and Chocolate Tree Bark
Recommended by the Dyer: The Secret Garden and Solace at Sea
Recommended by the Dyer: Ballgown and Moonwell
Recommended by the Dyer: Ballgown and Winter
A Cloak of Mist and Grurple
A Cloak of Mist and Brood
A Cloak of Mist and At Stone's End
A Cloak of Mist and Tainted Love
Tainted Love and Ballgown
Ballgown and Autumn Wheat
Autumn Wheat and Tainted Love
Autumn Wheat and Leaf Litter
Foliage and Grunge
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 DK weight yarns that would also work well 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 yarn that I used was: 100% Superwash Merino; 217 yards/100 grams
100% Acrylic; 259 yards/100 grams; $4.29/100 grams
100% Acrylic; 273 yards/100 grams; $4.50/100 grams
50% Acrylic, 50% Nylon; 231 yards/100 grams; $8/100 grams
50% Alpaca, 30% Silk, 20% Tencel; 241 yards/100 grams; $10/100 grams
100% Wool; 246 yards/100 grams; $12/100 grams
100% Wool; 250 yards/100 grams; $13/100 grams
55% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 20% Tweed; 246 yards/100 grams; $14/100 grams
100% Wool; 230 yards/100 grams; $14/100 grams
70% Wool, 30% Silk; 246 yards/100 grams; $16/100 grams
85% Wool, 15% Cashmere; 246 yards/100 grams; $20/100 grams
To perform your own search for affordable yarns, here are a few places to start:
Have you made a yarn selection for your On the Road Again Hat or Cowl colors? If so, what have you chosen? Ali and I would love to hear about it in the comments below, on Instagram (be sure to tag @snickerdoodleknits and @birchhollowfibers), and on Ravelry (link your yarn and pattern on your project page)!
Learn more about the On the Road Again Collection knitting patterns here.