Although you’re really only limited by your imagination when it comes to the wonderful and wacky world of art yarns, it’s still nice to have a library of pattern ideas to draw from and spark that imagination of yours. Here’s a nice jumping-off point list of patterns from Ravelry that I’ve compiled for you! Some of these are suitable for the nature of a textured handspun, others are great for thread-plied, coiled, or other highly textured yarns. Some are adaptable for a variety of yarns. Please take a look with your imagination open wide. Also, if you know of a pattern that I haven’t listed here but you think should be, just let me know!

From Kirsten Kaspur:
One Day Beret 2
Lisa’s and Katie’s Berets

From Lee Meredith/Leethal [lots of small yardage requirements!]:
Buttonhead [hat]
Haka [hat]
Ten 10 Yard Cuffs
Big Bulky Bucket Hat
I have made many Leethal patterns and they’re all really fun – many of them not listed here are adaptable to handspun, too!

Frankie Brown:
Pinwheel Purse
Round The Twist [scarf]:

Jennifer Kelley:
Beautiful Dawn [cowl]
Oversized Cowl

Derek & Lauren:
French Press Cozy
Try this with your handspun! Striped with coils might be fun, too!

Adrian Bizilia:
Handspun Thick and Thin Shawl
Gnomey Hat
French Press Cozy

Stephanie Shiman:
Unbiased [bag]
Eureka Cowl
Mermaid’s Purse
Cellphone or iPod Pouches

Ann Weaver:
Shackleton Hat

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee/The Yarn Harlot:
One Row Handspun Scarf
An Unoriginal Hat
Ken’s Dulaan Hat

Rachel Jones:
Popcorn Lace Cowl

Christine Long:
Handspun Twisted Drop Stitch Scarf
Shimmery Lace Hairband and Wrist Cuffs
Coils Cowl
Sophisticated Coils Art Yarn Hat
Knitting With Art Yarn Tutorial

Nancy Ricci:
Vanessa Headband [in 2 widths]

Natalie Wilson
Loopy and Luscious [scarf]–luscious

Susan Sheby 
Hoodie Cowl
Cozy Cocoon Pillow
She has many patterns that are perfect for textured handspun! 

Jane Thornley 
Feather and Fan Organic Wrap
Rogue Wave Wrap

Danielle Alinia
The Neck Hug Cowl

Melissa Schaschery 
The Road To Gimmerton [cardigan]

Also, this search link will yield a number of great suggestions: bulky

Artistic/textured yarn is great used as an accent or edging for any simple pattern calling for worsted/DK weight yarn. It stands out wonderfully and adds unexpected texture. Art yarn is a great way to take a run-of-the-mill pattern and turn it into a work of art!
A search you can run for “art yarn” on Ravelry:


** These patterns are sadly not available at this time, but I’ve listed them for inspirational purposes [and maybe Melissa will bring them back one day?] I’ve made the sweater and it is FABULOUS – though recommended for a tonal yarn, not a multi-toned. Ask me how I know!  😉

From Melissa Halvorson/Year Of The Goat:
Handspun Tunic Sweater
Corset Neck and Waist