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Mix ‘n Match: Using Multiple Yarn Gauges in a Project

The rules of knitting say that if you use more than one skein of yarn for a project, the two skeins should be the same gauge. But here at Bluprint, we’re rule-breaking knitting rebels. What would happen if we mixed two different gauges of yarn in one project?

Mixing two different yarns can give your knitting project some extra color, texture and even some sparkle! Take a look at these tips for mixing different yarn gauges, then get inspired by a few mixed-gauge knitting patterns.

Blue knit wall art - Bluprint Member Pattern

Photo via Bluprint member SusanW48

What do we mean by mixing gauges?

Let’s say you’re knitting a plain, rectangular scarf. Does that scarf have to be knit completely in a worsted-weight wool? Nope. You could alternate stripes of wool with stripes of open, airy mohair to completely transform the look of the scarf. Check out the Endless Blue wall art pictured above as an example. See how SusanW48 used several different textures and gauges to make this freestyle knit art?

When using two yarns of different gauges, you don’t always have to use one yarn at a time. Why not put two strands together and work them at the same time? A thin strand of a shimmery yarn like Artyarns Beaded Mohair and Sequins Yarn can add a lot of sparkle to a plain worsted weight yarn. Hold those two strands together and knit up a swatch to get an idea of how they will look.


If you’re not sure how the two yarns are going to work together, make a swatch. Knit a couple rows with one yarn, knit a few rows with the other yarn. Alternate to get an idea of how the yarns work together in terms of draping.

Knitting borders

The simplest way to start mixing different gauges of yarn is to simply add a border. So for example, what if you knitted a wrap with Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport yarn in blackberry, then knit a couple rows as a border using Rowan Kidsilk Haze yarn in dewberry? As you become braver, you can start to alternate the yarns in the actual project.

Multi-gauge yarn patterns

Want to see different gauges of yarn in action? Take a look at two beautiful examples from our talented Bluprint members.

Striped hat and gloves - Bluprint Member Pattern

Photo via Bluprint member Knit Collage

Striped hat and gloves

Experiment with mixing two different yarns from the same company and see what happens. Knit Collage used two yarns from their very own collection to knit this hat-and-glove combo.

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Bluprint Member Knitting Pattern - Knit yoga legwarmers

Photo via Bluprint member KCaudill

Yoga legwarmers

Take a basic knitting pattern, like these yoga legwarmers, and incorporate stripes of different gauges for an easy mixture of yarns. Designer KCaudill played with a bit with texture here, alternating a fuzzy yarn here and there.

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I’m a Craftsy member, and newly addicted to your knitting classes, there’s always more to learn! I recently designed a scarf pattern which works really well for mixing gauges, I used a sturdy sock yarn to help carry a beautiful hand spun rainbow yarn which was spun for me by my SIL. The gauge varied hugely in her yarn and I was worried it couldn’t carry a project by itself as it was very thin in some places but thick in others:


Very lovely, Ellie! Thank you so much for sharing!


Beautiful work, Ellie! I love that your pattern showcases the handspun without trying to force it to do anything except sit there and look pretty. I have so many single skeins of luxury yarn (as well as “almost a skein” from projects that took just a bit more than one skein), and so many of them don’t want to do anything and don’t even really want to be stitches, they just want to be admired as the beautiful string they are. This is a great project for giving them just that chance.


That is gorgeous!! Very nicely done!


I’ve never tried mixing gauges before but it looks like a good way to get the look of a variety of different textures.

betsy lawson

i have 2 yarns of very different weights. one is kidmohair, 25 gr and 230m. the other is 100gr mohair and 220m. i have 8 skeins of each. will i have enough yarn to make a women’s simple long sleeve pullover if i knit the 2 strands together??

thanks, betsy

Teresa Land

My husband has asked me to knit him a hat using up some leftover yarn I have laying around. I’ve been knitting for about 8 years, but am only an advanced beginner/intermediate knitter. I can follow a pattern, though! 🙂

Does anyone have a suggestion of where I can find a pattern for multi-yarn men’s knit hats or just how to get started and then when one is finished start with the next yarn?

Thanks so much!!



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