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Feb 22, 2013 23:52:58   #
Does it seem like to anyone else that variegated yarn looks prettier in the ball or hank or whatever you call it, than when it's knitted? Stripping yarn (for socks) is a little better, but I have a couple of socks that aren't as pretty as the yarn was before I knitted it.
Feb 23, 2013 00:05:46   #
I like using garter stitch, seed stitch, or linen stitch for variegated yarn. In those stitches, it can be quite beautiful.

But I'm careful to make sure I have something in mind before I buy. It's way too tempting in the hank.
Feb 23, 2013 02:12:20   #
I think the stuff you buy that had longer lengths f colour is easier on the eye. :)
Feb 23, 2013 02:50:43   #
You can toe it down a little by mixing it with a solid color or a fuzzy yarn.
Feb 23, 2013 03:59:08   #
I don't like any type of variegated yarn. To me, it looks cheap.
Feb 23, 2013 05:29:10   #
I like it in stocking stitch like Ladyfingers' dresses
Feb 23, 2013 05:50:09   #
I have just made a baby jumper in varigated sock wool and it turned out lovely with the stripes matching, it was for 3 months old.
Feb 23, 2013 06:34:11   #
The kids seem to like variegated yarn, knit up in a simple stitch. Next project on list, is a green camo sweater for 10 year old GS. (His request)
Feb 23, 2013 07:52:31   #
flitri (a regular here)
I bought some variegated wool for Mum to knit, it was pretty in the ball but as she is knitting with it it is beautiful. She is knitting it in a pattern and the different colours in the wool and the pattern are showing.
It is very pretty.
Feb 23, 2013 08:48:42   #
It depends. Some yarns are not very nice when knit up, others are gorgeous. Look at the Noro yarns that people seem to love. Or the sari silk yarns with their vibrant colors.

Always good to try and see a sample swatch before buying. Many stores, event he box stores, will have swatches hanging.
Online they often have a project made in the yarn.

For hand dyed yarn from small spinners, you are on your own. I bought some hand dyed wool on ebay and knit a hat and mitts this year. Depending on the stitch the colors stacked in columns or created a zigzag pattern. I did a faux brioche stitch which minimize the color patterning: it didn't look bad. So you may need to play with the stitchery you choose to see what works best for your taste.
Feb 23, 2013 09:58:55   #
i have some my daughter bought for me, in earth tone colors, seems like everything i try to do with it, i don't like, any suggestions on what pattern to use if for?
Feb 23, 2013 10:21:03   #
I find variegated yarns look better when you use two skeins alternating them. So rows 1&2 are from one skein, 3&4 the other.
Feb 23, 2013 10:35:03   #
MartyCare (a regular here)
I love to use variegated yarn. Depending on various factors, you might get a striping effect, or a pooling effect. I've done a pair of socks with hand-painted sock yarn, and I enjoyed the stripes. For the hats I make for charity, I like the pooling effect, and I match the variegated with a solid color. I knit it in the round, not back and forth. See, it depends on how big around the project is, and how long each color repeat is on the skein. If I continue the variegated on the hat to the decreases at the top, and distance around gets shorter with each decrease. Then the yarn stays at one color for more rounds. I don't like to do ribbing or garter stitch in variegated. But someone answering your post said she especially likes those stitches with variegated. So, there you go-- Each person is different.

Just keep in mind those technical issues, and you can adjust it to look the way you enjoy. If I knit it flat, the colors don't go round and round as well, so I only knit variegated in the round.
Carol K in OH
Feb 23, 2013 10:38:35   #
Paula - Sussex UK
alexandragiraffe wrote:
I don't like any type of variegated yarn. To me, it looks cheap.

I tend to agree. I do like it when stripes match up exactly, and stripes on the body of a garment match those on the sleeves. Ask any professional dress maker what is the giveaway for a cheap item and non-matching patterns will be the thing that gets mentioned. There is so much scope for variety in knitting by alternating yarns of different colours and textures, fairisle, stripes etc that I can't see the point of going downmarket after all the effort that goes into an item. However, I am willing to be persuaded otherwise if someone can post a picture of an appealing item!
Feb 23, 2013 10:44:14   #
I read in a book on yarn that varigated yarn is the most-often returned yarn to LYSs.
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