scarf pattern for variegated yarn

jennOctober 19, 2007

I bought some variegated yarn (worsted weight, I believe) that I plan to use for a scarf. I'm wondering if there is a pattern that is enhanced by variegated yarn, and if the variegated yarn is too busy to use in a busy rib knit pattern. I've knitted two scarves so far in the farrow rib and broken rib patterns (farrow rib being my favorite). I may try something completely new for this one just for fun.

I'll just have to make some swatches and see what I like best.

One of the things I enjoy most about knitting (so far) is the ability to create so many beautiful and interesting patterns from different combinations of a basic set of stitches.

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Personally, I don't like scarves to have a wrong and a right side, so I make them reversible...and, my favorite for that is either a moss or the double moss stitch....just be sure to knit the first and last 4 rows, and the first and last 2 stitches on each row....I like the sort of 'mindless' knitting you can do with scarves, ponchos, blankets, etc, and the moss stitch is perfect for 'mindlessness' (just knit the pearl stitches and pearl the knit stitches, as they 'present' themselves!!)

    Bookmark   October 19, 2007 at 7:39AM
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Rib scarves usually show off variegation beautifully -- I'm doing a tweedy-variegated yarn with mistake rib (use a multiple of 4 plus three, then K2, P2 across, ending every row with K2, P1. I sl the first st of every row knitwise). It's a heavier-looking rib than some of the others but very nice.

A 1x1 rib is a good one for all sorts of variegated yarns.

"My so-called scarf" (link below) is one that really seems to make variegation pop -- and the stitch is fun to knit.

I like slip-stitch patterns for showing off variegation. The one thing I wouldn't try is a lace pattern with much of a "design" to it (some of the simple ones would work) because the design will get lost in the variegation.

If you have a knitting stitch pattern book, you'll find some great ideas there as well! Have fun, and let us know what you decide!

Here is a link that might be useful: my so-called scarf

    Bookmark   October 19, 2007 at 8:50AM
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Try a feather and fan scarf. That shows off variegated yarn very prettily. It's an easier pattern too. I absolutely love feather and fan. I'm working up the nerve to try a baby blanket with it. I'm new to knitting. Can crochet anything though! Knitting is kind of a challenge to me.

Here is a link that might be useful: Feather and Fan Scarf

    Bookmark   October 19, 2007 at 11:02AM
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Thank you for the suggestions. I'm going to make swatches for each one and see which one I like best.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2007 at 2:07AM
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Jenn, one other idea that I meant to mention is to knit a scarf lengthwise -- especially fun with a self-striping yarn -- plain old garter stitch works well as do some of the other stitches. The only drawback is that casting on 130 st (or whatever number you need to get the length you want) and then knitting those long rows can be tedious -- but it results in a fun scarf with a slightly different look.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2007 at 8:32AM
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Thanks Carol, I've seen patterns like that. One day I will have to try it.... as soon as I get some long circular needles. :-)

    Bookmark   October 20, 2007 at 11:28AM
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I really prefer plain yarn as then the pattern shows up much better. Varigated works best on a rather plain pattern in my opinion. I also prefer plain yarn because it is usually considerably cheaper. But on a plain pair of socks, either would look nice, or a plain ski cap or muffler. Also, I have used varigated in a striped pattern, such as for a baby afghan, and then I pick up the solid colors from the varigated yarn as other stripes.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2007 at 3:24PM
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somewhat off topic on this thread- but I'd like to thank you for the 'sinful' rib pattern you suggested to me last month.
I used a Bernat Natural Wool Blend(worsted weight 4) verigated with two strands on #15 needles and made two .They were so gorgeous and easy to knit. I hope the link comes through on this post for anyone who would like to try it. Scroll to the bottom for the picture and pattern.
If not it's:
Row 1 K3, P3
Row 2 K1, P1
Till it's done.
Any combo of needles and yarns I'm sure would work.
Thanks again!

Here is a link that might be useful: Sinful Ribbed Scarf

    Bookmark   November 3, 2007 at 6:05PM
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I'm glad you liked it, Nancy. It is a beautiful pattern isn't it? Are you going to show us some pictures? :-)

    Bookmark   November 4, 2007 at 12:35PM
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pacnwgrdrgirl - Feather and fan is a beautiful pattern. I am going to make that one my daughter.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2007 at 10:42AM
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Cool maggie4 ~ It really is a beautiful pattern!

    Bookmark   November 5, 2007 at 11:57AM
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About the Feather and Fan pattern... I started to make it and decided on a different pattern for this particular yarn, but I plan to make it with a different yarn very soon. It's easy and the pattern takes shape beautifully.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2007 at 12:06PM
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