|Razzle Dazzle Delights:
Adding Glitter and Sparkle to Your Knits
Do you ever crave a lift? Do you look for something to elevate you from the daily grind -- a momentary sense of magic. We knitters have a special tool at our disposal: shiny, sparkly, and even glittery yarns.
Whether your desired effect be hot, cool, ethereal, glamorous, subtle, or angelic, there's a yarn for you. They fall into the three general categories illustrated below.
Where to Shine
Glittery highlights have traditionally been reserved for accent areas, whether it be around the neck, wrists, or trim of a sweater, the brim of a hat, or the wrists of mittens.
It is also appropriate for evening wraps, stoles, and scarves, as well as for accessories ranging from knitted bags and tea cozies to afghans.
Most designers tend to reserve all-glitter garments for slinky eveningwear styles, although this, too, is beginning to change as more modest options become available.
Most shiny visual effects come from materials that are derived from either plastics or metals. Unfortunately, these materials tend not to be as soft as their fiber-based counterparts.
Keep this wearability in mind when choosing your sparkle, especially for items that come in frequent contact with the skin, such as scarves.
Many yarn manufacturers blend softer fibers with glitter to offset the scratchiness. This also helps tone down the sparkle if you're looking for a more subtle effect.
The second concern with glittery yarns is durability. The materials used to create sparkle are often treated with a special coating or are made up of multiple coated layers that have been glued or melted together. If the wrong yarn went into your drier, you could easily end up with a melted mess.
Over time, the plastics and coatings can dull and break down. Sequins can also become brittle and crack or lose their shine.
In This Series
Join us as we walk through each category of glitter, showing what's available, how it feels on the needles, and how you may want to use it for best effect.
We begin with the boldest of the bold, sequined threads. They are best represented in two Berroco FX yarns. We take them through various pairings and knittability tests to determine their best and worst applications.
Read about bold sequined threads using Berroco Lazer and Mirror FX
Read about softer fluff and sparkle using GGH Fee
In This Series