How to Use Art Yarn with Starry Night

I am simply obsessed with the Starry Night colorway. I mean, what’s there not to love about it?

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I’ll admit: Art yarn can be challenging. The task of finding the repeats in a particular hank of yarn (called color pooling) requires trial and error or worse: math.

Starry Night has been a gem of the Whiskey Knits catalog for over a year. I’ve put so much time and love in to perfecting this colorway, I knew this was the place to face my fears of art yarn by daring myself to create something wearable.

A full skein of wet yarn, unraveled on the floor.

A full skein of wet yarn, unraveled on the floor.

What makes this yarn different is there are no repeats- the entire skein is one full shift of color from ochre (a deep golden yellow) to river blue. This quirk also makes Starry Night very easy to work with. All you’ll need is the information on the label to fully embrace this colorway.


If you want to follow along completely with this process, you’ll need the following materials:

·       One skein of Starry Night

·      A free download of the Every Day Beanie

·       Stitch marker

·       Kitchen scale (If you don’t have one of these, I’ll show you how to do it by hand- it’s easy, I promise!)

·       Scissors

·       A tapestry needle

·       US Size 7 circular needles. Whiskey Knits uses circulars that are eight inches in length, but you can use 16 inch circulars if you like a little extra space

·       If you use 16 inch circular needles, we would recommend 4 US Size 7 DPNs for finishing your hat

Now, to the knitty gritty:

First, I found the point of transition: Starry Night fades from ochre to blue quickly, as you can see in the above photo. I wound both of these color sections into their own ball and cut the line between them. There was no going back.

Cut yarn just before winding.

Cut yarn just before winding.

Second, I weighed each ball out to see how much yarn I was working with. I weigh all of my yarn before and after it goes in to the dye pot, but if you’re doing this at home, it’s helpful to use the label to determine your next moves. The information I needed was

·       The original weight of the yarn- 100 grams. Mine weighed 112 grams going in to the pot and 116 grams after dyeing. Absorbing dye doesn’t make yarn any longer, so the labeled weight is best to use for this estimate.

·       The yardage- ~236yds

The exact weight of each of my colors is below:

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I wanted to isolate the colors in this skein, to make sure I had enough of each color. You can figure out how many yards are in a ball of yarn by weighing it. Don’t worry if you don’t have a scale for this one: you can use the labeled weight.

If you take the original yardage of the yarn (236 yards) and divide that by two, each portion of my Starry Night skein is about 118 yards. As you can see, the blue portion is a little heavier, but this yardage, for me, is enough to make a hat in each color.

I followed the recipe for the Every Day Beanie, and I’m so happy I did:

The color transition makes for a natural brim to the hat

The color transition makes for a natural brim to the hat

A close-up of the ochre flecks

A close-up of the ochre flecks

The blue created a really interesting pattern, as well.

The blue created a really interesting pattern, as well.

After this project, I’m feeling more confident about using hand paints.

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