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
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