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Have Shawl Will Travel Pattern Recommendations - Round 4

Sweet and Simple This is the fourth in a series of posts recommending patterns for variegated lace yarn.  We are saying goodbye to Findley Dappled in Have Shawl Will Travel.  Join us! For knitting, there is perhaps no lace pattern as iconic as the Feather and Fan, also called Old Shale.  Because of the way it zigs and zags, this pattern is called the Missoni Inspired Scarf.  The gentle ripple design looks lovely no matter what yarn it is worked in, and this adjustable scarf pattern could just as easily be turned into a large, rectangular stole. For crocheters, I just love the juxtaposition of solid and mesh stripes on the Allium Shawl.  The other great thing about this shawl...

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Online ONline Summer Sockstravaganza Pattern Recommendations - Round 4

Let's Get Textural This is the third in a series of posts recommending patterns for self-striping sock yarns.  We are saying goodbye to ONline sock yarns in the Online ONline Summer Sock-Stravaganza.  Join us! You have to be careful when choosing textural designs for self-striping sock yarns.  Some will highlight the color changes while others will be overwhelmed.  Here are two I think work nicely. For knitting, the high-relief structure of the Circle Socks provides the perfect backdrop for fun color changes. For crochet, we have the Vee Socks for Me Socks, which have a nice, all-over texture. Here are some pictures of other projects on Ravelry where you can see  how they look with striping yarn.

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Have Shawl Will Travel Pattern Recommendations - Round 3

A Little Bit Lacier Now This is the first in a series of posts recommending patterns for variegated lace yarn.  We are saying goodbye to Findley Dappled in Have Shawl Will Travel.  Join us! Today we're going to explore lacier designs that are bold enough to still be visible through variegated yarn.  When searching for a lace pattern that will cooperate, look for all over designs without a lot of variation so there isn't a lot of detail to be lost.  Crochet can be a little more forgiving because it's possible to get larger holes, creating more negative space, which in turn helps the eye differentiate between positive and negative regardless of what's going on with the color. For knitters,...

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Online ONline Summer Sockstravaganza Pattern Recommendations - Round 3

Let the Yarn do the Heavy Lifting This is the third in a series of posts recommending patterns for self-striping sock yarns.  We are saying goodbye to ONline sock yarns in the Online ONline Summer Sock-Stravaganza.  Join us! Today we're looking at patterns that really allow the self-striping nature of the sock yarn to do the tough work.  Both of these patterns are relatively simple, but combined with striping yarn, they are stupendous For knitters, look at the Tootsie Rolls, which harness simple knits and purls to create irresistible texture.  If you're not a flap-and-gusset kind of knitter, the concept is simple enough to apply to whichever sock structure you like best. For crochet, I just love these Step-by-Step Socks.  The way the...

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Have Shawl Will Travel Pattern Recommendations - Round 2

Negative Space This is the second in a series of posts recommending patterns for variegated lace yarn.  We are saying goodbye to Findley Dappled in Have Shawl Will Travel.  Join us! I know that at first blush "negative space" isn't necessarily what you might think you want in your project, but it's really just a fancy term for the open, lacy bits.  Lace is all about the juxtaposition of positive (where the yarn is) and negative (where the yarn isn't).  I find that when a lace pattern has a lot of negative space, it's easier to pair it with a variegated yarn, since the busy colors won't be detracting from any shapes that the positive space is forming. With that...

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