Colorwork and Variegated Yarns

Colorwork and Variegated Yarns

It’s no secret that colorwork is everywhere right now. With the surge in popularity, there has been a shift away from variegated and speckled yarns, but I am here to show you, that you can have your colorwork, and your fun yarn too!

Using variegated or speckled yarns can look amazing in colorwork. It just takes a little more care when it comes to pairing your colors. If you want your design to be strong, you are going to want to pair your multicolored yarn with a strong solid. I like to pick my colorful yarn first. Open it up to see all the colors that will need to be considered, and then hop over to my solid yarn to decide what’s going to work. Picking your solid is the most important in my opinion, because this is what is going to separate your design. I like to pick a color that is the exact opposite of the colors in my other colorway. If the first color I pick is light, I go looking for something dark. or if it is bright, I look at neutrals. In my experience, the more opposite they are, the bolder your design will look.

Another approach that can be stunning is using the same color family, but going with a lighter and darker version of the same color. So if you have been holding onto this amazing multi tonal light blue yarn, try pairing it with a deep, rich blue. Just be cautious with mixing a cool blue with a warm blue (or any other color). Sometimes it works and sometimes it very obviously doesn’t.

Im a big fan of experimentation when it comes to color, and I like to encourage others to try things out for themselves. If you are less than comfortable with making these kinds of color decisions, I urge you to pick some potential combos and lean on friends, or fellow knitters to help you select a winning combo. Life is about making decisions, but there is nothing wrong with second opinions on your decisions.

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Guthrie Sweater designed by Caitlin Hunter.

Guthrie Sweater designed by Caitlin Hunter.

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