Behind the Scenes: Creating Speckle Yarn

Coming up with new yarn colors is one of my favorite parts of my job. Today, we take a peek behind the scenes on how we choose colors for one of our popular yarns, Hawthorne Speckle.

Speckle Yarn from KnitPicks.com

First step: make use of all my millions of Pinterest pins! (See, I knew I’d find a way to justify hours of Pinterest surfing.) Just look at all those delectable color combos. Thanks, Internet!

Color inspiration for KnitPicks yarn
Another great source of inspiration is our very own Yarn Value Pack page! There are so many lovely color-curated sets that make for fabulous multi-colored yarn ideas. Here are a few of my favorites. Aren’t they lovely?
Snuggles Yarn Value Pack from KnitPicks.com
Opera House Yarn Value Pack from KnitPicks.com

Once I have a good collection of photos, I open them in Illustrator and mock up the colorways. After printing them, the Knit Picks team votes for their favorites with very fancy, high-tech sticky notes.
Choose Yarn Colors at KnitPicks.com
Choosing Yarn Colors at KnitPicks.com

One of the winners was Italian Ice Speckle. Below is an example of how it was conceptualized and the end result, with a photo of our Comfy yarn serving as inspiration.

Speckle Knitting Yarn from KnitPicks.com

Blueberry Speckle was another fun one to make, with a beautiful wash of blues from our Alpaca Cloud yarn serving as inspiration:
Speckles Knitting Yarn from KnitPicks.com
After that, the files are sent to our yarn factory and the speckle magic happens! We love Speckles so much it makes us want to dance. What’s your favorite of our speckle colors?
Speckle Yarn from KnitPicks.com

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5 comments

  1. Sue / October 26, 2016

    Ooh I love both of the ones you showed us. Just a question but why is there never any yellow speckled yarn?

  2. Rachel / October 27, 2016

    This was a really interesting post! Thank you for sharing your creative process with us! I love speckles and seeing the color palettes that you use are really inspiring!

  3. Nicole / October 27, 2016

    I’ve already had dreams of making a sock yarn blanket (mitered squares) using various skeins of the Hawthorne Speckles. Seeing the swatches together in this post make me want to do it even more! If only I had the time to knit everything I dream of…

  4. Alice / November 5, 2016

    I would really love to see all of the colorways represented with their BASE and SPECKLE color swatches like you did above for blueberry and Italian ice. Also, could you tell us what the swatches above are? The swatches on your sight are soooo tiny. 🙂

  5. Alice / November 5, 2016

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