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Getting to know Lion Brand Color Theory yarn: Why it’s great for knitting

by Cindy O'Malley

Welcome to another exciting week at KNITmuch, where I’ll be knitting with Lion Brand Two of Wands Color Theory. This medium-weight acrylic yarn offers an array of colors chosen to work together harmoniously or stand-alone effortlessly.

Two of Wands designer Alexandra Tavel has brought her sense of color to this aptly named worsted weight yarn. .Available in 18 different colors, Color Theory lets you mix and match hues with ease.

I’ve selected Amethyst, Admiral and Stonewash as my color choices for this week. Those three colors seem like they’d work well together and I wasn’t disappointed when I saw them for real. I wasn’t sure if Admiral was a deep blue or a deep purple-blue. As it turns out, it’s both, depending upon your pairing.

3 skeins of Lion Brand Color Theory yarn in colors Amethyst, Admiral and Stonewash laid out side by side on a white background

Lion Brand Color Theory is available in 18 different colors. Amethyst, Admiral and Stonewash are my color choices for this week.

Each 3.5oz [100g] ball contains 246yds [225m], with a recommended knitting needle of US 7 [4.5mm] = 20 sts x 27 rows = 4” [10cm] in stocking stitch. The recommended crochet hook is US I-9 [5.5mm] = 14 sc x 20 rows = 4” [10cm]. I’d call this a ‘plump’ worsted weight yarn, meaning I think it could knit to a bit looser gauge, but I’ll test that out tomorrow. To show you what I mean, take a look at the photo below where you can see the individual strands of the yarn.

The top of 3 skeins of yarn showing individual strands of Lion Brand Color Theory in Stonewash, Amethyst and Admiral.

Color Theory in Stonewash, Amethyst and Admiral

In a close-up view, you can see the plumpness of the strands. The first thing I noticed when I unpacked the yarn is how incredibly soft and squishy it is. The twist in the yarn gives it a ‘wormy’ appearance, which I mean in a good way. I think this, in part, is what gives it that soft and squishy appeal.

Color Theory is a 100% Acrylic that is machine washable and dryable which makes for easy care garments and accessories for the whole family…which is exactly what I have planned for my projects. The theme for this week is quick and easy projects that are squishy soft and can be made for anyone. Oh, by the way, they make great Christmas gifts as well.

Please join me tomorrow as I begin knitting various swatches with Lion Brand Color Theory to determine the needle size(s) for my projects and to see how the yarn plays with different stitch patterns.

This is part 1 of 5 in this series

Go to part 2: Knitting a swatch determines your needle size: How it’s done


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