This blog post is designed as a useful resource for inspiration for a specific yarn. There are projects that use it, and patterns that call for it. It's so handy to have all this in one place!
Just FYI - there are no links to Ravelry here. We've linked to patterns and projects that are available to purchase/view elsewhere. If they're only available on Ravelry we will say that, but not link to it.
Bedale 4ply is equal quantities mulberry silk and baby yak, creating a beautiful and subtle yarn. The silk gives it a gorgeous shine, the yak is really buttery soft and being worsted spun makes it smooth and drapey. It is ideal for tops, shawls, and other accessories. Such gorgeous fibres make this more of a luxury yarn which is priced accordingly but to maintain better affordability we now have this yarn in 50g skeins rather than 100g skeins that were previously available. So do be careful if a pattern calls for one skein as this could refer to one 100g skein.
The first part of this blog post will give you patterns that specifically call for Bedale 4ply and the second part shows you our projects using this yarn. Do you have a project in Bedale 4ply that you would like us to include? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with an image and the pattern information and we will add it. This page will grow over time as more designs are released and more projects finished!
For most of the designs released since 2018 you can find links to social media for the designers and publications on the Design Collaboration page HERE.
Holyrood by Justyna Lorkowska - Alpine and Steel
This design was a collaboration with Justyna for the 2016 Edinburgh Yarn Festival. A two colour shawl with two yarn options, Bedale 4ply or Harewood Fingering. You need 100g of each colour, so four 50g skeins in total. It is worked from the top down in sections of different stitch patterns.
Ursula by Tracey Todhunter - Dianthus
A lovely summery accessory that uses less than 200m of yarn (one 50g skein!) whether you make the short or long version, both are detailed in the pattern. This crochet pattern is easily memorised comprising chains and other simple crochet stitches, creating a lattice effect and scalloped edge.
Frail Scarf by Studio Miranda - Dark Oak, with Titus 4ply in Bark
A two colour brioche scarf combining two luxurious 4ply yarns to make an item that is both warm and lightweight. The brioche pattern creates beautiful leaf shapes that contrast really well with the background colour. This is aimed at experienced or adventurous knitters. You will need 400m of each colour.
Willow Hat by Victoria Magnus - Larkspur (coming soon!)
A lightweight hat featuring a lace pattern to match the Willow shawl.
Sugared Violets by Rose Beck - Fuchsia
This simple shawl is knitted from the top down with eyelet stripes and a Fleurette border. The pattern calls for 393 - 503m so you will need two-three 50g skeins. This pattern is only available on Ravelry.
Trailblazer by Louise Zass-Bangham - Dark Oak
A lovely crescent shawl featuring different stitch textures to showcase variegated yarn. The design was part of the Knit Play Colour collection which is available to download on LoveCrafts. This version features beads along the line dividing the two sections.
Buccaneer by Justyna Lorkowska - Rambling Rose, with Hayton 4ply in Compost (MC), Milburn 4ply in Natural and Oakworth 4ply in Stone
Originally released as an MKAL this pattern is a great way of playing with colour. It uses approximately 550m/600y of the MC and a total of 438m/480y of the CCs - up to six can be used. I chose to use three CCs and it worked really well. There are two versions of the pattern, one featuring lace in the CC sections and the other using plain garter stitch.
I hope you've found this blog post useful and inspiring, and if you have anything to add please do let us know on the email address at the top. We love to see your makes!