March 12, 2014
I always like finding good patterns that show off the beauty of multi-colored yarn. One thing I like about variegated yarn is that you have the opportunity to come up with some really unique color combinations. You get to know the “eye” of a dyer after seeing many of their artistic combinations. It’s not so easy to see a semi-solid blue and pick which company dyed it up. How do you make semi-solid blues look really unique from company to company? But we can see a skein of Lorna’s Laces or Sweet Georgia or Blue Moon Fiber Arts and correctly identify that color-look to them. Each dyer has their own sense of color combinations. That’s what makes variegated yarn so much fun. And of course it’s fun to see how the colors progress as you knit it up!
I knit up a Downtown Cowl last week with a skein of Blue Moon’s Socks that Rock in Mediumweight (Farmhouse). The pattern did a great job of distributing the color around, and it was fun to knit because the stitch pattern changed up from time to time. The pattern calls for 220 stitches cast on, but I did 280 so I could use more of my skein. I like how it turned out, and it was a quick knit.
There are lots of patterns that would look great with multi-colored skeins of yarn. Try the Roller Coaster Cowl, Frisson, February Woman Cowl, Pashmina Shawlette, Auburn Wave, Honey Cowl, Ananke, and Kir Royale.
Did you see the Yarn Harlot’s post on the Adrian/Adriana pattern mixup? She and her friend meant to be knitting Adriana, but it turns out that they had started in on the Adrian pattern instead, and couldn’t figure out why their projects were looking different than the model they had tried on and wanted to knit. I mention this because there is also a very cute Downton Cowl that you can get on Ravelry as well. Don’t click on that thinking you will be getting a long infinity cowl like the one I knit here, though. The one I show here is the DowNtown Cowl. Different. But both are cute.
Now I’m working on an Ananke using our March Celebration yarn (not yet available, but soon!). With this colorway, we’re celebrating a birthday that happens this month. The colorway is called Twist & Dunk. Can you guess what we’ll be celebrating with this color? We’ll let you know as soon as it goes up on the website!