Looking for a pattern that will go well with multi-color yarn

i have yarn that i got from a friend that's very nice. it's a multi-color yarn that was hand-dyed. i want to make a scarf out of it. i found a pattern that i liked, so when i knitted about 2 inches, the pattern was there, but it was covered up by the busy-ness of the randomized color patterns.

can anyone recommend any patterns that would go well with yarn that has no distinct color patterns that's NOT a simple knit-knit-knit all the way til the end? any suggestions would be great. thanks.

the attached picture is what i have so far. I'll probably rip it apart and make something else. you can see the change in color with no recognizable pattern, and the knitted pattern is kinda hard to see with all the color. not sure if the picture shows that well.

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MMario's picture

You could do a 2 x 1 rib (Multiple of 3 stitches + 2)

- RS rows k2, p1, repeat across, end k2
ws rows k3; *(p2, k1) repeat from * across - knit last 3

or a very simple lace (multiple of 3 stitches +2)

EVERY row = k2, * (YO, k2tog, k1) ; repeat from * across

Either should give you some texture that will stand up to the colour changes.

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OneNightStans's picture

any recommended cast on method?

MMario's picture

Whatever you like. I use a cabled knit cast on almost exclusively.

oh - something I forgot - always good to start with 4 to six rows of plain garter to reduce curling.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

Hi, Stan,

I have two recommendations for this lovely yarn. Is there some silk or mohair in this yarn?

1. Plain garter stitch on the bias on large needles cast on length wise. If you want more interest and technical challenge try a picot cast on and cast off edge treatment.

2. Cast on the width you want, and work short rows without wrapping, advancing 2-4 stitches with each turn. You'll end up with alternating pie shaped wedges with lines of eyelets between them, on a scarf that undulates. Slip the 1st stitch of each row for a very attractive chain like selvedge. Cast off at your desired length. I have seen and done this, and don't know a printed pattern source, but I think this will accent the color changes, be reversible, and have a unique outline.

Perhaps you have a coordinating solid in your stash for every other wedge, and so that you can make two if you like this technique.

I hope you find a pattern that you like and will post the results.


OneNightStans's picture

thanks frank. the first suggestion is kinda too simple (nothing wrong with it or anything), but i'd like something that'll make me think. the second suggestion is kinda interesting ,but without knowing what it looks like, i'm kinda at a loss. plus, i haven't learned short rows yet, but i will with my 2 other projects that are on the back burner.

OneNightStans's picture

oh, i forgot to answer your other question. the tag says it's a worsted malabrigo. it was hand dyed as well. that's pretty much all i know.

Sorry, correction.

Should be: Plain Garter stitch on the bias, OR cast on lengthwise, ( actually makes it 3 suggestions ).

scottly's picture

I love what you have so far. I can see the pattern fine. Sure it's subtle but it gives the texture of the scarf a real richness and depth. I don't buy the idea that you can either have pattern or you can have a nifty color wave - they are not mutually exclusive. I'd say go with your original idea, it was a good one. I tihnk when you have more done you will really like it.

TheKnittingMill's picture

I agree! Despite offering suggestions, I like what you have so far.

OneNightStans's picture

thanks so much you two!

i think i may just keep the pattern, but i already unraveled it. i was probably going to anyway. i did a long tail cast on, but i just learned how to do a double strand tubular cast on, and i have to say i really like what the tubular cast on can do. any suggestions on a nice elastic, but shape-conforming, cast on that's not tubular or long tail (and probably knitted cast on as well)?

the first row's pattern is [K2, P2] to last to 2 stitches, K2, casting on multiples of 4 plus 2 additional stitches.

TheKnittingMill's picture

I have 3 suggestions: Holding Hands, Column of Leaves, or Entrelac Scarf. I think they all look good with multi-colored yarns and provide interest while knitting. I have made the Column of Leaves scarf and it is one of my favorite FO's.

Your pattern looks beautiful in this yarn, albeit a moot point now. If you go to the "Techknitter" blog, in one of her most recent posts she discusses the pros and cons of handpainted yarns and patterns. The entire subject probably boils down to personal preference. I think that your rendition of textured diagonal stripes is beautiful in this yarn.

sundazzed's picture

I had the same situation with a sculptured afghan, that I bought verigated yarn to use. The pattern was lost with the constant color changes within the yarn. I ended up buying a solid color yarn instead. The only way to use the verigated yarn in my project would have been to use it for different parts of the pattern for contrast , constantly switiching the yarns back and forth.

OneNightStans's picture

thank you for the suggestions everyone. i think i'm going to stay with the original pattern, for a few reasons

1) from afar, the color pattern will look nice
2) from up close, you'll be able to see the pattern
3) from super up close, the feel of the malabrigo will be fantastic, but i guess this one doesn't really have anything to do with the pattern.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

A bit late to this post but I liked what I saw from your sample. It is always a challenge to work with variegated yarns when matching up patterns and colors. I often sit and think what the yarn would look good as. Often a simple pattern seems to work best, whether knit/purl combinations or lacework. In this case, I feel you did a great job matching the colorway to the pattern. Sometimes it takes a while to develop an instinct for it. My best advice is to experiment and trust your own judgement. If it doesn't work out, you can always rip it and start again. I look forward to seeing how the finished project turns out. ETA: The subtlety of the pattern when you look up close is part of what appeals to me, personally. I like doing that in my own work. And the Malabrigo color sections seem to be matching up very well with the pattern itself. Be prepared for people [especially other knitters] asking to touch and look closer.

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OneNightStans's picture

thanks for the words. i think i'll be doing a simple pattern like you said. i still can't settle on a pattern i like.