Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The Joys of Pattern-Dyed Yarns

I have started to develop a color sense that I really love, but I'm not averse to leveraging the talents of others when it comes to mixing colors and colorways.

Cacaphony of Colors

It's always awesome to find someone who can combine solids in an appealing way.  It's even more impressive when you find someone who can dye yarn in multi-colors, like Koigu or Carol at Black Bunny Fibers.

But when you stumble upon two (or more) multi-color colorways, that when combined are amazing, that's like adding a new dimension to the whole color mixing process!

For a few years, I've been looking for ways of combining multi-colored yarns that accomplishes three things
  1. Doesn't mix the colors so much that they become muddy
  2. Doesn't pool or have striking contrasts along the pattern stitch
  3. Look fantastic when combined
Scarf designs like Cross Stitch Scarf and Interlocking Crochet Scarf have both been great ways of using these beautiful handpaints and self-patterning yarns.

A recent surprising discovery of yarn has got me excited about mixing colors again.

Current Crochet

I just got some yarn delivered recently and had to immediately try mixing colorways.  I decided to use the Interlocking Crochet Scarf pattern to see how it worked.  I started with a very muted color combination.


I love the silvers, charcoals and dark taupes and the highlights of yellow and orange.   But when I started the second scarf I absolutely fell in love with how well the colors mixed.


Possibly too bright for some people, but I am totally in love with the acidy yellows and greens mixing with the reach blues and teals and the highlights of orange and purple.  I don't think I'd ever wear this one, but I would be thrilled to see it "in the wild" on someone else.

Which would you wear (if either of them)...which do you prefer, even if you wouldn't wear it?

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