I have this fascination with variegated yarn. While it’s often beautiful, it can also be challenging and frustrating to work with.
I’m here to share with you everything I’ve learned about variegated yarn in the 30+ years I’ve been knitting and crocheting with it:
- The good
- The bad
- The ugly
- The hideously ugly
- And also the triumphs, the successes, and the truly spectacular projects that can result when you discover the perfect marriage between stitch, yarn colorway and pattern.
My goal here is to help propel you into the phase where you’re experiencing these sorts of triumphs and successes as well. I hope you’ll learn from my failures with variegated yarn, and save yourself some of the headaches that I went through when I was getting a handle on working with it.
What Is Variegated Yarn? Learn the Glossary Definition for Variegated Yarn:
Variegated yarn is yarn that has variations throughout. The word “variegated” shares the same root as the words “variety” and “varied.” The term “variegated,” when used to describe yarn, typically indicates that color or texture variations are present throughout the entire skein or hank of the yarn.
Variegated is a term that can describe several different types of color or texture variations in yarn:
- Ombre yarn
- Space-dyed yarn
- Dip-dyed yarn
- Kettle-dyed yarn
- Self-striping yarn
- Striated yarn
- Heathered yarn
- Tweed yarn
The Best Patterns for Knitting and Crocheting With Variegated Yarn:
If you’re interested in knitting baby blankets using self-striping yarns with lovely long color repeats, Ice Cream Baby Afghans is a book you’ll want to check out. It’s a beginner-friendly book featuring chic, sophisticated blanket patterns that make the best possible use of self-striping yarn colorways.
Discover case studies where we analyze some projects to learn what we can about combining variegated yarns into the same piece.
If you’re drawn to colorful variegated yarns, you’ve probably discovered that they aren’t as easy to work with as you might have thought. This brief guide will help you understand how to get the best out of the money you spend on multicolored yarns.
Yes, I know, combining multiple variegated yarns probably sounds like a crazy idea. And it IS crazy, if you don’t do it right. You can end up with a big mess if you overlook some of the simple “do’s” and “don’ts” that I’ve discussed in this handy guide.
On the other hand, some of my most outstanding crochet projects have been made using these ideas, and I hope you’ll also have similarly spectacular results when you apply them to your own crochet work.
This page was last updated on 4/20/2018.