Some would describe white as an absence of colour, others would say it's a colour without hue. I describe it as Winter because that is all I've seen for the past two months – snow, snow and more snow.
Is there a better time to talk about colour? Specifically, colour pooling, which is something I thought happened by accident. I had no idea you could control or plan what your variegated yarn is going to look like as you knit or crochet it. And there are so many different ways a variegated yarn can work up, whether it's stripes, argyle, big X's, Y's, V's or seemingly random patterns:
The first thing to note is that you should use a yarn with colours that repeat in the same order and have the same length in every repeat, at least three single crochet stitches or five knit stitches long. The sample on the right contained a short colour change which didn't produce a very attractive pattern.
You may have to adjust your hook or needle size to get the pattern you're after. You should be able to tell if you're getting the desired colour play by the third row.
Each colour should shift one stitch either before or after when compared to that same colour two rows below. The colour length may vary slightly because of the imperfect dyeing process so to keep the desired pattern working, you may have to adjust your tension, tighter or looser. The sample on the right went wonky after about 14 rows.
While this does seem very scientific (and people have referred to it as an Art and Science), if you're wanting a certain look it's a great way to achieve perfect results.
If you really want to immerse yourself in taming your colourway, check out this article at Twist Collective.
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