The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn. I’ve seen some beautiful ones on Ravelry done in lace weight but if this is your first one, I’d recommend fingering weight. The pattern recommends Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light and anything Madelinetosh is a good choice in my book.
Here are some recommendations and this, of course, is not an exclusive list:
- Tosh Merino Light at The Loopy Ewe. You can see Moorland, which is what I’m using for my current one, though I’m using the Madelinetosh Twist Light.
- Cascade Heritage Silk at The Loopy Ewe.
- Dream in Color Smooshy at The Loopy Ewe.
- Wollmeise Pure at The Loopy Ewe . . which is kinda hard to get so if you want it, grab it while it’s there.
- Madelinetosh Twist Light at Eat, Sleep, Knit.
As far as colors, though I’ve seen some multi colored Hitofudes, I think your first one should be “solid-ish”. The design will show up better and you can more easily see any mistakes before you get too far gone. Also, I’d stay away from “hairy” yarns if this is your first Hitofude or first knitting project. The hairiness sometimes blurs the lace design and can make ripping back a bit of a pain.
Please take a look at the 4000+ Hitofude projects on Ravelry and you’ll get lots of ideas for how which colors knit up.
You can always post in the comments a link to any yarn you’re thinking about getting and ask for opinions.
Be sure to get enough extra yarn that you can swatch!