WYS Winwick Mum Collection yarn – Matching stripes

Hello!  I’ve written a quick tutorial today on matching the stripes in the Winwick Mum Collection yarn for those of you who – like me – like the stripes on your socks to match.

You can see that the stripes are quite distinctive and also quite different from the other striped yarns that West Yorkshire Spinners have created in their Cocktail and Country Birds collections.  At first glance that might make it look as if this yarn is hard to match but you’ll be pleased to know that it’s not!

The coloured bands all follow the same sequence which links them to the colour before and all you have to do to get your socks to match is follow the steps below.  It doesn’t matter whether you choose to pull from the centre or from the outside of the ball as the yarn will still match in both directions.  My socks are all knitted top down but even if you knit toe up the sequence will still work in the same way.

1  Pull some yarn out of the ball (or unwind from the outside) so that you can see the first colours in the ball.

2  Look at the colours in the yarn that you’ve pulled out.  I’m using Wildflower here and I’m working upwards from the bottom of the photo.  You can see that the first colour out of my ball is purple (A) followed by pink (B), followed by purple (A).  The sequence is always a short block of A followed by a short block of B followed by a long block of A and it works that way whether you pull from the outside or the inside.  All of the colours in each of the yarns work in exactly the same way.

3  Start knitting from the long block of colour A so that you get a big section of colour at the start of your sock, and that way it’s always easy for you to match the second sock.  It doesn’t matter if you choose to start at the shorter colour A block, but if you knit your socks by casting on the cuff and working 2 rows before joining into the round as I do, then you’ll find that your sock looks better starting with the larger colour A block.  It’s your sock, though! 🙂

That’s all there is to it – easy, eh? 🙂

You can see how it works with the other colours too.  Here’s Hidden Gem, and now that you know the way the colour sequence works, you can probably see it quite easily.

Once you know the sequence, you’ll be able to see how each of the colour stripes work so that it doesn’t matter where you start in the colour sequence or which colourway you’re using.

I hope that’s useful!  I’m really looking forward to seeing your socks – and other projects! – knitted up in this yarn!

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5 Responses

  1. lilac73 says:

    So looking forward to getting my hands on this yarn. It's beautiful – wow!

  2. Anita (Coningsby) says:

    I have only been defeated by on type of sock yarn when it comes to making matching socks. They have an owner waiting. Thank you for this Christine, it has restored my karma 😀

  3. Juanita says:

    Hi Christine- I’ve been researching to see where I can buy your yarn in the US. I really like all of the colors but most drawn to Wildflower to make my granddaughter a pair of socks. Thank you!! I hope I win.

  4. Yvonne Sharpe says:

    beautiful wool colors. how much are they a ,ball. and where is the pattern for socks

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