Spinning Tuesday: Knitting Marls & Our Mitten Winner

The winner of the Shelburne Mittens kit is comment number 1125, Lisa S!

Thank you to the lovely folks at Rowan Yarn and Westminster Fibers for donating this prize.


Now for some spinning. As requested, the marled yarns knit into swatches.

First the blue and white:

3 weights of marling -yarn
3 weights of marling - knit

Like the yarn, the fatter the original yarn the marl in the knitted fabric is more pronounced.

In the finest sample it looks like flecks.


How about the blue and green yarn:

3 weights of blue/green marl
3 weights blue/green marl - knit

I wish I had spun larger samples of these, but I do like how the colors blend even more when the yarn is knit. There is striping and pooling, but it’s interesting to me.

Thank you for asking me to knit my samples, I like the marl more as knit fabric than just yarn. Time for more experiments!

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

11 thoughts on “Spinning Tuesday: Knitting Marls & Our Mitten Winner

  1. Carol

    Hi – I was a little anxious about the marled yarn I’ve spun up. After seeing your swatches – It will be a fun adventure, after all, to knit them up. Thanks for all your efforts!

  2. Alison

    Wow! Now, I’m really glad you knit those up for us. I’m not a fan of skeins of marled yarns either – or so I thought. But I a really love the way the chunkier ones have knit up – especially the blue/green. It’s a great reminder that, as spinners, we’re usually not producing an end product, but an intermediate one.

  3. Sara Longley

    I always avoided marled yarn until I saw my sister knitting a scarf out of black & white marl — and it looked great. I love even more the variations you get with handspun and hand dyeing! A new hobby may be starting here.

  4. Anna Hj

    I really like your blue/green medium marl swatch! The pooling is really fun. It might also be because there isn’t any white in that sample…. =)
    Good work!

  5. Seanna Lea

    These are definitely the cutest little swatches I’ve seen in forever! The marl doesn’t look nearly so overblown as it does in the skein, though I think that is in part because the colors aren’t super huge contrast (like navy and cream).

  6. flaky

    I’ve been playing with marled yarns recently too. I have a fingering weight that I thought I wasn’t going to like, but knit up it is an absolutely gorgeous heathered look. Can’t wait to knit more…

  7. Heather

    As a fairly new spinner, I am not fond of marled yarn either. I do like the way it knit up though. So different from the what I expected thanks for the discusion.

  8. Michelle

    The blue/green marl is really beautiful! Thank you for the demo of marling with yarn and knitted swatches, it was very cool to see the differences.

  9. ccr in MA

    I’m not a spinner myself, but as a knitter I have learned that I lack “skein vision”, so I’m often surprised by how a yarn looks knit up versus in the skein and ball. This spin-to-yarn-to-knit project was fascinating!

  10. MommyknitsJen

    Thanks for knitting up the yarn! It’s amazing to me how different the swatches look in the different weights.

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