11 Knitting Patterns for Variegated Yarn
Variegated colorways are stunning! Here are a few patterns that are perfect for this kind of yarn.
We've all fallen into the clever trap of variegated yarn before. You see it on the shelf at your LYS, you're dazzled by the clever colorways, and you buy it on impulse. But then you get home and start knitting with it, and it just makes your garments look busy and tacky.
Well never fear! There are a few things you can look out for when you're browsing patterns for that variegated yarn that's been sitting on your shelf for too long.
Below we have compiled a list of our favorite patterns that feature these stunning, color-changing yarns in creative ways. Plus we've put together a quick list of things to look out for in patterns that might mean they're a good match for your variegated yarn.
Which Patterns Are Best for Variegated Yarn?
1. Look for simple stitches
Hat patterns, like this one, that are primarily in stockinette stitch are a great match for variegated yarn. Designs that are simple or that don't have much variation in texture work well with variegated yarns because the yarn itself can really shine through instead of making the fabric look cluttered.
That's not to say that you shouldn't use texture at all, though. This seed stitch hat pattern, for example, uses lots of texture that is consistent throughout the majority of the hat, which makes it a good contender for variegated yarn.
2. Variegated yarn and colorwork don't always work together
Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Brioche colorwork often is a good candidate for variegated yarns when paired with another solid yarn. This also goes for techniques like mosaic knitting where both colors of yarns are used for equal portions of the pattern. Stranded knitting, especially fair isle and other yoke patterns, often aren't good contenders for this, however.
3. The problem with lace
Lace knitting and variegated yarn can be stunning or a complete disaster. What we recommend is choosing lace stitches that are as simple as possible. Four-row repeat lace is a great option, especially stitches like feather and fan and little peacock.
Faux Fair Isle Knit Poncho
Bargello Poncho Pattern
This poncho is made using two simple rectangles sewn together. As a bargello pattern, this knit poncho uses a variegated yarn in offset strips to create a vibrant, multicolored design. This knit poncho pattern is cute when worn with the Vs in front or to the side, which makes it a versatile addition to your chilly weather wardrobe.