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Craftsy member sholsan asks: As long as yarns have the same basic content (for example: Merino Wool) can two different yarns be mixed?
Could a 70% Merino/30% Alpaca be mixed with one that is 75% Merino/25% Nylon or other similar content? Can super-washed Merino be mixed with regular Merino as long as the finished project is hand-washed? I know wool or cotton are best choices, but can man-made yarns such as Acrylic be used as well?
Craftsy instructor of Shawlscapes, Stephen West stops by to answer:
Yes, you can feel free to mix and match yarns. It's a lot of fun!
When in doubt, always work a little swatch, but mixing blends is a great way to use up stash yarn. Just know that the fabric may have different characteristics like one of the stripes being a little fuzzier and the other being smoother.
I think this fiber mixture can be great and you can even exaggerate it more by combining a Merino/Nylon sock yarn together with a fuzzy 50/50 Alpaca/Wool blend.
Synthetic yarns look and behave differently and it always depends on the brand/base, but again try a little swatch and let the fabric talk to you!