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Love Stroll Tonals, but not so into socks?

While I can't say that I'm in the camp of non-obsessive sock knitting, I know it's not for everybody! But, with such wonderful colors, Stroll Tonal is pretty universally appealing whether you like socks or not. So, if not socks, what do you do with it? Well, I've got a few ideas!

First, I have to say that our IDP designers have done a bang-up job of showcasing our yarns to their best advantage. And there are a lot of patterns that would look awesome in Stroll Tonals! Here are a few:

Beverly Cardigan by Snowden Becker

I can imagine this in the "Gypsy" colorway of Stroll Tonal with Black Stroll as the accent. Very elegant!

Swirly Gig Earflap Hat by Beth Ellis

This cute cap would look great in a mix of Stroll Tonal and solid Stroll, too. Perhaps Deep Waters and Blue Yonder Stroll Tonal over a background of Midnight Heather Stroll?

Surfer Girl Cami by Sami Kaplan

Ok, my niece had better hurry up and grow because she totally needs this in Stroll Tonal Blue Violet. Actually, it would be super cute and funky in any of the Tonal colors!

And for whole books chock full of inspiration, how about these:

Knit so Fine by Lisa R. Myers, Laura Grutzeck & Carol J. Sulcoski

This book features lots of different designs to make with lightweight yarns. Smaller gauge means a lot more stitches - wouldn't it be more fun if it was a tonal yarn instead of a solid?

The New Stranded Colorwork by Mary Scott-Huff

The vibrant designs in this book match perfectly with the bright colors in Stroll Tonal. If you've wanted to knit a stranded sweater but were concerned about washability, Stroll and Stroll Tonal are a great fit!

The Knitter's Book of Wool by Clara Parkes, featuring the Tibetan Clouds Beaded Stole

This book is awesome - as evidenced by this stole. I'd love to see it in Canopy or Summer Blooms! Stroll Tonals work for larger-gauge lace really well, because the seven shades in each colorway don't 'buzz' against each other - it's very subtle and perfect for a project like this.

What's even better is that right now, these books (and the rest of our book selection!) is on sale for 40% off. So, this is the perfect time to grab a new book and some new yarn! Even if socks aren't your thing, Stroll Tonal is a fun, versatile yarn that will bring a lot of life to your knitting palette!

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Comment by craftyjhawk on April 7, 2010 at 7:57am
Thanks for suggesting the cami!! My daughter will love it. I just bought the pattern so that I check yardage. I'll be ordering some Stroll Tonal, probably in Queen Anne for my princess.
Comment by PickleSue on April 7, 2010 at 12:11am
I am loving those suggestions, too! I just bought a bunch of the Belle of the Ball kits just for the heathered purples. Love them and the Princess multi. With 2 mini princesses in the house- we'll find a place for it!
Comment by thepinksheep on April 6, 2010 at 6:03pm
I AM a sock knitter, but I am completely addicted to buying (your!) sock yarns and so I'm always looking for different things to make with sock yarn to deplete my stash. What wonderful suggestions!

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