Winter Weight Yarns: K2

Winter Weight Yarns: K2

In our previous post we discussed our sproingy, dense Madison. Today, let's visit K2, our chunky weight yarn which is even thicker than Madison. K2 is a 100% merino wool NON-superwash yarn, meaning it will felt.  It is a 3-ply yarn with a nice twist, giving it lots of bounce. We love K2 in both sweaters and accessories. Here are a selection of pattern suggestions for K2!
Skeindeer Knits' Tjukk Haust adds lace work at the bottom hem for visual interest, which would enhance the hand-dyed quality of K2.
a woman is standing with one hand near her pant pocket. She is wearing a tealish blue cropped sweater
If you prefer cardigans, Regina Moessmer's Maine only has one closure, and options for colorblocking. 
a woman wearing a mustard cardigan with a gray strip along the bottom hem is standing in front of a white backdrop.
The texture of K2 shows off the cables in Laura Nelkin's Cascadilla cardigan beautifully, and the unusual construction will keep you interested as you knit.
K2 is snuggly enough to wear around your neck. Casapinka's Crunching Leaves Cowl gives you plenty of options--and if you choose two colors, you can make one and gift one.
Jennifer Krause's Pixels Cowl uses simple crochet stitches to play with the colors in a variegated skein of K2. The pattern is a free download!
Bandana cowls are gaining in popularity. Easy & Free by Carina Spencer incorporates a simple lace pattern up the front, and even though it looks BIG, knitting it up in K2 shouldn't take you too long at all.
a woman is wearing a mustard colored handknit bandana shaped cowl
Jess Coppom's Stained Glass Cowl would make great use of your bulky or aran odds and ends, with K2 or Madison to tie it all together. 
woman is outdoors wearing a multi-colored cowl
Hats work up especially quickly in a bulky yarn, making them a great gift for an unexpected visitor.  We think Danielle Arseniuk's My BFF Beanie would look great in either a speckled or monochromatic colorway. (Pro-tip: use project leftovers to create a stash of pom-poms so you'll never be without). 
gray crocheted hat with white pompom
Babs has a free pattern in sizes from child to large adult in K2, the Snowblower hat. You can get multiple hats out of one skein, or choose from our selection of partial skeins.
Or if a headband is more your jam, the Original Lola Headwrap from Bee Humble Crochet most definitely ticks that box. 
And on down to the toes... Helen has used K2's non-superwash fiber to good advantage in her assortment of felted Duffer slippers that she made as gifts:
As you start planning your year-end gifts, keep K2 and Madison in mind. Simply-shaped accessories and sweaters will highlight the beauty of the yarn's fiber and color, and given their gauges, you'll be moving all your WIPS into FOs before the snow flies!

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