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Variegated Yarn and Stitch Patterns That Enhance Them

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Variegated yarns can be unpredictable.  Hand dyed socks yarns are generally designed to give a certain effect when worked on socks, but that effect is not always the same when used for say, a shawl.  The only thing is, that different effects develop from different circumferences.  This colorway is meant to have a lot of dappled effect with some diagonal striping, and this effect shows on this yarn.

Finding a stitch pattern to enhance this effect involves trying out a small all-over pattern, a larger predictable pattern, and a medium scale pattern.  In this case, the larger leaf pattern enhances the leaves and doesn’t obliterate the pattern.

Trial and error is a great option for a great marriage of stitch pattern and variegated yarn.    http://etsy.com/shop/SkyHighFibers

Pattern and Yarn available at http:

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Pastel Beach Socks

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Here is my lastest sock design which uses Sky High Fibers Superwash Merino Sock in Pastel Beach. 

The lace pattern is charted and based on Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury.  The pinstripe patterning of the yarn works well with the parasol lace motifs which run up the sock. 

Written as a toe up sock pattern with wide toe, it’s a fun way to learn this great stitch pattern.

Pattern and yarn available http://www.etsy.com/shop/SkyHighFibers

Pattern also available at http://www.ravelry.com/designers/margie-mitchell

Triple Cross Aran Pullover

 

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Here is my lastest sweater design.  Slimming with the long welt of twisted rib and simple cables that work into the triple cross cables just above the waist.  Twisted rib and cables add a lot of textural interest without looking bulky. 

Available at http://www.ravelry.com/designers/margie-mitchell