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Colorful Crochet: 20+ Self-Striping Yarn Patterns

Self-striping yarn crochet patterns make it easy to achieve a striped look without switching skeins.

Updated March 20, 2019
Colorful Crochet 20 Self-Striping Yarn Patterns

We have a brilliant collection for you here and it is all about colorful crochet with built-in ease. On this page, Colorful Crochet: 20+ Self-Striping Yarn Patterns, you will learn all about this type of yarn, what yarn brands carry it, and see what it's all about in the form of self-striping yarn crochet patterns.

You are going to love these free crochet patterns that use self-striping yarn because they look super complicated and difficult but, because of the special yarn, they aren't! Get ready to open up a whole new world of creative visions and a lot to add to your to-do list.

This type of yarn is ideal for many crochet projects, including but not limited to socks, scarves, blankets, gloves, hats, and other wearables. There are also plenty of non-clothing projects that use this yarn. Flowers, bags, baskets, toys, dishcloths, and so many others also look great with self-striped yarn.

In order to achieve stripes in crochet, you usually have to use multiple balls of yarn. That isn't the case here! Because it's such a fascinating subject matter, before we get to the patterns, we'll explain everything you need to know about it in the next section.
 

What is Self-Striping Yarn?

Self-striping yarn changes color on its own as you work it up in knitting or crochet. In general, variegated yarn is the style of yarn that includes multiple colors of dyed yarn in one segment. Not all variegated yarn is self-striping, though, so it has to be a certain type that starts to create stripes as you work instead of a mix of colors like other variegated yarn.

There are a lot of reasons people prefer to use yarn that changes colors rather than multiple colors. For one, it's usually easier though it does take more planning. Most labels do not tell you how long the color in the piece of yarn lasts before the change, so most crochet designers have to test it out before writing a pattern.

However, because it does not require stopping and starting with new yarn, people like the ease of continuing their crochet piece without interruption.

It can be less expensive than buying multiple yarn colors though not necessarily. As with all yarn, it depends on the weight, fiber type, and brand. If it's a high-quality self-striping yarn, it can cost more than several lower quality skeins.

Even though it stripes as you crochet without you having to do anything with the color change, that doesn't mean each row of color is perfect. As the colors change, there may be some muddling that will appear at the beginning or end of your row. If you like super clean lines, you may want to be in charge of changing the colors on your own.

The benefit to using this type of yarn is that there are many patterns that already have the tests on color changes done and can promise strong results. There are also kits that include the yarn and the exact pattern for making it stripe correctly. When done well, self-striping yarn pieces do look impressive, so take a look at our patterns and see for yourself how amazing it can be.
 

Self-Striping Shawl and Scarf Patterns

Because scarves and shawls have a fairly straight-forward design, they make the perfect crochet pattern to try self-striping yarn with. Below we have some incredible free patterns that either use this special type of yarn or suggest that it would work well with the pattern. You're going to love the designs we've featured in this section,we promise!

  • Scrappy Stripes Triangle Shawl

    Super vibrant and sharp, this triangle shawl is such an excellent use of this yarn. This version uses yarn scraps but designer suggests self-striping.

  • Sassy Autumn Ribbed Cowl

    This beyond beautiful cowl is thick and runway-inspired. It's made with Lion Brand Mandala yarn and the results are just too pretty for words, right?

  • Unforgettable Top Down Shawl

    This elegant pink shawl goes to show how well this striped yarn goes together to form a consistent and striking crochet piece.

  • Hearts Aflutter Scarf

    This crochet scarf is a great example of using just two colors of this type of yarn to result in a simple red and white peppermint-style crochet wearable.

  • Autumn Ripple Crochet Scarf Pattern

    This scarf uses self-striping DK yarn so it's thin and elegant. We love this color choice so much. This is Sirdar Colourwheel and we want it now!

  • Island Lace Crochet Scarf

    Use Red Heart's Unforgettable yarn in Parrot to achieve this tropical and energetic scarf that can be worn year-round since it's light and airy. 

  • Sands of Time Crochet Scarf

    This lovely scarf uses a neutral white and beige color that ends up working with nearly any outfit you put together any time of year.

  • Unforgettable Stained Glass Scarf

    You only need one skein of Unforgettable yarn by Red Heart to make this scarf. It's soft full of rich metallic-like colors.

  • Sanibella Crochet Lace Shawl

    This gorgeous shawl is worked in 2 balls of Be So Sporty Yarn's Sporty Cakes. It's a light and airy number that can be worn in many different ways.

Self-Striping Hat and Sock Patterns

A lot of the time, crochet socks use self-striping yarn. Because they are small projects with delicate features, this type of yarn allows for fun textures and styles without adding extra bulk with changing yarn colors and weaving in ends. Similarly, hats use it a lot to achieve stripes as they are worked in the round, which again saves time and issues with manually changing the yarn you're working with. Take a look at these artistic hats and sock patterns below.

  • Rainbow Bright Hat

    A classic blend of rainbow colors make this hat bright and inviting. It also has a cute applique heart added as an accent.

  • Small Shell Socks

    Don't these crochet socks remind you of a big bowl of rainbow sherbet? The dainty pastel stripes look wonderful on anyone's feet.

  • Rainbow Sherbert Socks

    These cute crochet socks from Red Heart are so fun to work up. Use Heart and Sole with Aloe yarn in the Razzle Dazzle color.

  • Just Peachy Hat

    This fun hat pattern uses a self-striping Caron Cupcake yarn from both ends of the cake giving the hat a truly unique appearance.

  • Winter’s Cerise Crochet Slouch

    How can you not love this pretty crochet hat pattern? This is made with Premier yarn's self-striping yarn in Lava, which results in this cute design.

  • Yarn Stash Crochet Slippers

    Though these aren't made with self-striping yarn, the designer suggests using self-striping to help speed up the process of making them.

  • Scandinavian Crochet Leg Warmers

    BONUS! These leg warmers are just what you need to stay warm AND stylish when winter rolls around.

Self-Striping Blankets

Blankets can take weeks to work up, especially when you want stripes or some sort of extra texture. That's when a yarn that stripes on its own is a huge help. As you can see from the crochet afghan patterns below, it's a great idea that works wonderfully with all sorts of styles. And it can be used for large or small blankets, too. It all depends on the brand and amount of yarn you have. It certainly makes baby blankets much faster to work up.

  • Lazy Girl Crochet Blanket Pattern

    We adore the super bulky and self-striping yarn that is used in this afghan because it gives it a very interesting texture.

  • Easy Log Cabin Afghan

    This is one of the most unique self-striping designs there is. It's a super creative and pretty crochet afghan idea.

  • Sweet Sunset Baby Blanket

    This is a delightfully sweet and summery blanket with sunset-inspired yarn colors. This uses Caron Cakes Yarn in Spice Cake and is a great choice.

  • Dreamy Waves Baby Blanket

    Not is this soft and delicate-looking but it's SUPER QUICK to work up. This makes it a perfect last-minute gift for baby showers and birthdays.

  • Dream Puffs Blanket

    This pretty puff blanket uses a fabulous puff and v-stitch combo that results in a stunning throw that works on so many levels.

Self-Striping Yarn Brands

Now that you have learned some self-striping yarn crochet patterns, find your favorite yarns to use. Most yarn brands have at least one line of color changing yarn. We'll share 5 of the most popular and prominent brands that include this special type of yarn and what some of the most popular lines are.

Red Heart Self-Striping Yarn: With Love Stripes, Super Saver Stripes, Soft Essentials Stripes, Dreamy Stripes, Team Spirit, Infinity, Unforgettable, Heart & Sole.

Bernat Self-Striping Yarn: Super Value Stripes, Pop!, Blanket Stripes.
Other Yarnspirations brands also have self-striping yearn. Check them out here.

Lion Brand Self-Striping Yarn: Amazing, Sock-Ease, Homespun, Tweed Stripes.

Noro Self-Striping Yarn: Garden, Garden Sock, Kureyon

Regia Self-Striping Yarn: Pairfect Design Line, 4-Play and 6-Ply Design Line
 

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Ive used some longer color length ombre yarn for self striping but havent really been satisfied with the results. Red Heart Yarns has come out with an actual Stripe version that is specifically designed for this type of pattern. I bought a skein to play around with, and this post gives me plenty of projects to try.

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