A Day at the Pond Cowl

I’ve been busy starting my hand-dyed yarn business the last couple of months.  I love dyeing yarn and one of my favorite techniques is to create variegated yarns.  Of course, then that leaves one with a beautiful hank of dyed yarn and wondering what to make with it.

The end result is that I designed this new cowl pattern, A Day at the Pond, which is free on Ravelry.  It’s basically a ribbed cowl with ribs made of Estonian 3-into-3 clusters.  I knit this with a size 5 needle so it’s a drape-y type fabric but has elasticity and stretch due to the ribbed effect.

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The pattern is a simple three row repeat and is easily customized to be worked into a longer loop but the height won’t be as high.  Another option would be to cast on fewer stitches and you’ll have enough yarn out of a standard hank of sock yarn to make the cowl taller. What I love about it is that there’s enough texture in the cowl that “shows” through the variegated yarn.

If you’d like to see what yarns I’ve dyed so far, visit my other site, https://splashofcoloryarns.com.  I’m working on getting my logo updated and working on setting up an Etsy shop for selling my yarns.

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What patterns are good for variegated yarns?

I continue to dye yarn and that’s not a big surprise lately!  I go to bed at night thinking about what colors I want to use next and the next thing I know the alarm is going off.  It must be time to get up and dye yarn before I have to go to my “real” job that actually allows me to have money to purchase more “sheep”, oh, I mean wool.

I was wondering what patterns you have found that work well for variegated yarns? Feedback is most welcome!

Here’s a list to get us started with:

Cookie A’s Monkey Socks

Flecktone fingerless gloves by Susan Moskwa

The Colorist

Broken Seed Stitch Socks

Miss Winkle

Rainbow Warrior (added this link on July 1st, 2016)

Here is a recently dyed hank of sock yarn and I think I’ll try a cowl or shawl and use the variegated yarn on one row and a coordinating semi-solid on the next.  Hopefully that will prevent some pooling of colors.

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Plumeria on a base of 100% superwash merino sock yarn