Bouclé yarns are making a bit of a comeback, but what can you knit with them? I get asked this question regularly. There's not a lot of patterns out there (yet!) and it isn't a yarn most knitters are familiar with. So, I thought now would be a great time to write a blog post to give you all some simple tips on what patterns to look for when using bouclé.
Firstly, bouclé yarn is highly textured. The yarn itself features lots of tiny loops that knit up into a fabric that looks a little like terry toweling. Because of this, you don't want to choose patterns that feature fancy stitches, cables or lace - these details will be hidden under all those loops. The best patterns for bouclé feature simple stockinette or garter stitch with, or without, a rib.
Colourwork, on the other hand, looks great. Stripes, slipped stitches, stranded colourwork, even brioche looks great knit in bouclé yarn. I'm planning to cast on a Soldotna Crop by Caitlin Hunter with our bouclé yarn Curly. I can't wait to see how it turns out!
Basically, the simpler the stitch the better when choosing patterns for bouclé yarn. The most important thing to look for is a pattern that features simple stockinette or garter stitch with or without colourwork.
Here's a few pattern ideas:
Superlative Sweater by Samantha Guerin
Ship Shape by Heidi Kirrmaier
Ginny by Andrea Mowrey
Arco Iris by Joji Locatelli
DRK Everyday Cowl by Andrea Mowrey
Field Day Cardigan by Hailey Smedley
Balloon Cardigan by PetiteKnit (this is the pattern I knit, pictured in the beginning of the article)
Hope this helps!