When it comes to yarn colors I am always drawn to variegated yarns. I love how the yarn companies take beautifully complimentary colors and mix them into one gorgeous skein. There are so many different options among all the brands that it’s always hard for me to choose just one.
On a recent trip to the craft store the Red Heart Super Saver color, Icelandic, caught my eye. Something about the beautiful blues and grays reminded me of the ocean near my house. It’s a nice blue variegated yarn. While I didn’t have a pattern in mind at the time, I picked up a few complimentary colors so I could play with color schemes.
When I got home I started playing with what combinations would work well together and have compiled them here for you!
Red Heart Icleandic yarn uses a mixture of Turqua, Aruba Sea, Light Grey and Grey Heather.
One great feature of the Icelandic colorway is that it can be used for planned pooling. If you are new to the idea of planned pooling, the book Yarn Pooling Made Easy (on Amazon) is a great way to learn the technique.
2 Color Combinations with Icelandic Yarn
Icelandic yarn looks best when paired with one of the complimentary solids also offered by Red Heart. Here are 2 color combinations that look great.
Turqua & Icelandic
Light Grey & Icelandic
Grey Heather & Icelandic
Aruba Sea & Icelandic
Soft White & Icelandic
Black & Icelandic
3 Color Combinations with Icelandic Yarn
If your pattern calls for three colors, there are six awesome color palettes you can consider.
Icelandic, Grey Heather & Light Grey
Icelandic, Aruba Sea & Turqua
Icelandic, Turqua & Grey Heather
Icelandic, Aruba Sea & Grey Heather
Icelandic, Turqua & Light Grey
Icelandic, Aruba Sea & Light Grey
4 Color Combinations with Icelandic Yarn
Icelandic, Grey Heather, Light Grey & Turqua
Icelandic, Grey Heather, Light Grey & Aruba Sea
Icelandic, Turqua, Light Grey & Aruba Sea
Icelandic, Turqua, Grey Heather & Aruba Sea
5 Color Combinations with Icelandic Yarn
Icelandic, Turqua, Grey Heather, Light Grey & Aruba Sea
Using Black & White with Icelandic Yarn
Black and white are two great neutral yarn colors that pair well with Icelandic Yarn. If using Red Heart Super Saver, both white and soft white work well.
Icelandic Yarn Pattern Ideas
I can easily spend hours each day searching Ravelry and Etsy for the perfect pattern. I’m a fan of baby blankets, afghans and throws so I’ll list a few ideas I found for those here.
2 Color Afghan Patterns
A blanket pattern with two colors of yarn can be simple yet elegant. It ads just enough visual interest to keep things interesting. If you use a striped pattern, like the Chevron Baby Blanket pattern I found on Etsy, you could use Icelandic Yarn as your main color and then any of the solids as the contrasting color.
3 Color Afghan Patterns
Corner to Corner blankets are my favorite. They work up so nicely and are a great way to showcase a variety of colors. Alternating stripes like in this Corner to Corner Striped Blanket on Etsy, allows you to carry the main color yarn up the sides of the project.
Here are some other great patterns that use 3 colors:
4 Color Afghan Patterns
Finding an afghan pattern using four colors can be hard but, remember that most stripe patterns can be adapted from three up to four colors or from five down to four. This beautiful kids blanket pattern on Etsy calls for four colors and, according to the creator, works up in just six days.
5 Color Afghan Patterns
When using five colors, it’s easy enough to do an alternating stripe pattern. Varied stitches can add visual interest and really help those color changes pop. The blanket above designed by Daisy Farm Crafts showcases that. The ad-free pattern is available on Etsy.
I haven’t started my project yet but this is the pattern that calls to me the most so is likely what I will go with.
Here are some other great patterns that use 5 colors:
Lion Brand’s Icelandic yarn is a beautiful mixture of blues and grays. It’s worsted weight so items made will be durable and machine washable.
Have you made a blanket using Icelandic yarn? I’d love to know what colors you used!