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What is Novelty Yarn?

Slub yarn features a variation in thickness that makes it unique.
Ladder yarn can be considered novelty yarn.
Eyelash yarn is generally used for trims and small clothing items like scarves.
Novelty yarn varies in color and texture.
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Knitters know that there are as many different kinds of yarn as there are types of knitters. Some yarn is simple and durable, other yarn is meant to make a statement. Novelty yarn is a relatively new trend that has enabled a variety of new looks for knitters who prefer to depart from traditional yarn. Generally, novelty yarn involves a strand or two of "normal" yarn combined, often by twisting, with something else to create a more interesting color pattern or texture. The most common types of novelty yarn are bouclé yarn, eyelash yarn, ladder yarn, self-striping yarn, and ribbon yarn.

Novelty yarn is a fun tool for experienced and beginning knitters alike. Local yarn shops as well as online outlets carry a large variety of novelty yarn to make any project unique and memorable.

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watson42
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I like the the idea of novelty yarn, but it doesn't seem practical for most of the sweaters and other wardrobe pieces I want to make. Unless you are trying to make specifically made for novelty yarn patterns, it can be a hassle to make it work and take too much time.

hyrax53
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I have tried to use many kinds of novelty yarn, including mohair yarn, boucle, and other kinds. Generally trying to follow a yarn pattern with one of these types is way more frustrating than it's worth, at least in my view. These days I tend to use bulky yarn more than anything.

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