Monday, November 7, 2011

Yarn Review: Chroma by KnitPicks

The finished scarf

See all the beautiful colorways of this yarn here: KnitPicks Chroma
I am in LOVE with this yarn.  I’m currently working with Chroma in worsted weight but it also comes in fingering.  I recently purchased an obscene amount of multi-colored yarn because I just freaking love multi-colored yarn.  I’ve been playing around with entrelac lately and multi-colored yarn creates some really neat effects.  One of the yarns I included in my recent purchase was Knit Picks Chroma Worsted in the colorways Lollipop (pretty pastel colors) and Prism (rainbow colors).  I picked this yarn mostly because the colors were pretty and I was already ordering a few other things I needed from the Knit Picks website so I figured I might as well give it a shot.  I am SO glad I did.  I started knitting with it last night; I’m making a scarf using K1P1 ribbing and switching colorways every 2 rows.  The gradual color changes create a really neat effect when you stripe it.  The colors I chose are gorgeous and were accurately portrayed by the photos on the website.  This yarn is also REALLY REALLY soft.  Its 70% wool and 30% nylon and knitting with it is so wonderful its like candy for your fingers.  If they have a cyber monday sale I very well may be buying more; I think this stuff would be great for entrelac cowls, especially since its worsted weight and will work up faster than the fingering weight Mini Mochi I used for my first entrelac cowl.  One potential negative thing to be aware of is it does have a bit of a thick and thin quality to it.  Its single ply and most of the time its approximately the same weight but there have been a few places where it has been a little thinner than I would prefer.  I can also see one place on one of the skeins where 2 ends are knotted together creating a not so subtle color change.  But overall, I really like this yarn and will definitely be buying it again in the future!
Update 12/8/12:  I've worked with this yarn quite a bit since my initial review and I wanted to provide an update.  I recently finished a project with the fingering weight and it is just as lovely as the worsted.  The thick and thin problem I encountered in my first project has not reoccured, however knots ruining the subtlety of the color changes are fairly common.


  1. Where did you purchase this yarn? I'm looking online and the only place I can find it is The color I need wont be available until April. HELP :-)

    1. Amazon has 5-packs but the colorways are more limited.

  2. Hi Hope!
    Chroma is actually a Knitpicks brand yarn and that is the only store that sells it. However, someone on Ravelry may be willing to sell you some that they aren't using. Are you a member of Ravelry? Its a great free resource for knitting and crocheting. If you need help finding someone on Ravelry, let me know which color you're looking for and whether you wanted worsted weight or fingering, and I'll post a link for you.

  3. This seems a really dumb question but I cantfigure out how when you make the Crocadile stitch booties do you get
    the same colors on both booties...??? and how does each row come out even color wise??? Please help me....I really love the yarn and I just dont see the booties in any other color but unusual
    help help
    Thanks much Irene

  4. Hi Irene!
    Chroma consists of the same color pattern repeated over and over, so to get your booties to match you should start each bootie at the same point in the color pattern.