5 Interesting Color Names of Yarn


Working in the yarn store for years I got used to the wide variety of names that any particular color could be given. There is a certain blunt simplicity to a yarn with a color name like “Black”, “Red” or “Blue” that I can appreciate.

That said, they aren’t the most exciting names and sometimes a more creative color name can be a delightful discovery. With that in mind, I took a tour around our shelves of yarn and spotted 5 great yarns with fun color names. Here they are, presented in no particular order.

 Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light - Cosmic Wonderdust

1. Cosmic Wonder Dust in Tosh Merino Light

The name Cosmic Wonder Dust makes me think of wild 70's Sci-Fi movies and beautiful images of dust and gas floating in the darkness of space. If that sky were taken over by these colors it would look like this yarn, bright with vibrant neon splashes of color.

Tosh Merino Light is a soft and lofty fingering weight yarn that we love for shawls, scarves and just about everything. A wild, speckled color like Cosmic Wonder Dust look great knit up in Lisa Mutch's angled Cirriform scarf pattern.


Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend in Shocking 

2. Shocking in Manos Del Uruguay Silk Blend

Shocking is a bit, well, shocking when you first see it! The neon pink glows with the saturated brightness of the color. There's pink, and then there's PINK.

Manos Del Uruguay's Silk Blend has a sheen of silk to show off the powerful color. We love the pairing of the eye-popping pink with a lighter color like natural in Manos Del Uruguay's Florido Cowl.


Anzula For Better or Worsted in Sexy 

3. Sexy in Anzula for Better or Worsted

Sexy always gets attention! It's the name, and the beautiful color. The color way comes from a collaboration between Anzula and Sarah Wilson, The Sexy Knitter, and was inspired by Sarah's hair color!

For Better Or Worsted is a great luxury worsted yarn with great stitch definition and the soft touch of cashmere. Want to make a sexy project? Amy Herzog's Fellowes Cloche would be super-sexy in brown.


Blue Sky Fibers Melange in Relish 

4. Relish in Blue Sky Alpacas Melange

Condiments are important. Hot dogs require relish. So, apparently, does our knitting. Relish is to be relished, like this beautiful combination of pickled-green colors.

And you'll relish the chance to work with the super soft Blue Sky Alpacas Melange, made of 100% alpaca. We've got it in one of our two color combinations for Andrea's Shawl, paired with -- Dijon!


Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande - Maui

5. Maui in Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande

Maui is a tropical island paradise and this yarn color will take you there. The name and the color evoke not just an idealized vision of the ocean, but surfers, tropical drinks, sand and sun. Knit with this color, and you are on vacation.

Plymouth Alpaca Grande is a great 100% alpaca yarn that's bulky so it makes finishing projects easy. Maui is featured in one of Kitterly's Original Sidewalk Scarf projects, paired with a sharkskin like grey.