Well, WEBS was having their summer yarn sale, and I saw this Asland Trends yarn, 50% Angora, and picked 3 colors that I liked out of the limited sale selection. I have in mind to do a very soft men's cardigan, and I've been sampling 3-color patterns from "A Treasury of Knitting Patterns". Can you help me out and give me some feedback on them?
Here's the yarn and the two sample swatches:
The first swatch is "Triple L Tweed" stitch, and I think I like this best, but I'm worried (with the olive green and scarlet) that it reads a little too "Christmas" ... not that that's a bad thing, just that it might limit when you could wear it. What if the body of the cardigan was done like this, but the sleeves were done just in the walnut shade yarn with a cable pattern on them?
Here's a 3-color rib "cable", and I can't decide if I like it or not. I keep thinking it might make a nice bottom to a sweater for the ribbings, but what would the top be? .... It might go with the Motley Check pattern (see below).
Here's the "Motley Check" ... as I was knitting it, I didn't think I liked it, but when I step back and look at it from further away, I like it better. Would it go with the 3-color rib? I'm not sure. You can also see the "Tri-color Waves Stripes" pattern at the top. I like it, but maybe the scarlet is really going to stand out in a striped pattern... but maybe that's ok?
Here's a "3-color Basket Tweed" pattern. It seems a little busy and regimented to me. I think I like this least of the patterns. Under it, you can see Tri-Color Fabric Stitch, but I thought this became too pixelated, and the red takes over too much.
For being 50% angora, this yarn is remarkably non-fuzzy, which I like... I imagine it will develop a bit of a halo anyways, but I wanted to see if I could have something out of angora that still read more masculine.
I'm eager for you feedback and ideas.... are these yarn colors right together for a 3-color pattern, or is it going to be impossible to tame that intense scarlet?