When I can do anything I want I sometimes find that I can’t figure out what to do. To solve this problem I find it helpful to build structures for myself to work within. One example of this is how I am approaching creating content for my YouTube channel Watch Barbara Knit. After a year of trying to come up with stuff on the fly I decided that what I needed was a schedule and for the schedule I am thinking in “series” for lack of a better word. On the first Thursday of each month I will upload a Vlog (video blog). Today is the second Thursday and is the launch of a new series that I am calling Fave5.
Top 5 Patterns for Variegated Yarn
Fave 5 is my favorite 5 patterns centered around a theme that I cook up. I have a list in my planner where I write down ideas for themes and the first one is Patterns for Crazy Variegated yarn! The idea is that I look through Ravelry and pick out 5 patterns that meet my parameters and share them with you! It gives me the opportunity to really look through beautiful knitted pieces and showcase some of the amazing work out there by other designers. And of course if I have a piece that fits the theme I am going to sneak it in at the end as a bonus 6th piece.

If you want to know why I picked all of these patterns I explain it all in the video above, but everyone likes to look at pretty pictures so you can see them below too. Please know that these are not in any sort of “ranking” order. Click on the photos to be taken to each pattern’s Ravelry page if you want to purchase the pattern.


Vittorio by Corrina Ferguson Photo (c) Corrina Ferguson

A beautiful side to side shawl that is perfect for a single skein of sock yarn.

Circumvolute by Hunter Hammersen Photo (c) Hunter Hammersen

This hat has so much wonderful motion it will move your colors around in amazing ways.

Merope by Jen Lucas Photo (c) Martingale & Company/Brent Kane

Available in Cozy Stash-Busting Knits these mitts have slipped stitches that will help break up any pooling you might get with crazy yarn.

Moromorio by Heather Zoppetti Photo (c) Heather Zoppetti

I had to include another shawl and this one tames the variegation by striping with a neutral. Perfect if you want a larger wrap.

Krewe by Lee Meredith Photo (c) Lee Meredith

Using both striping with a neutral and all kinds of stitch manipulation this cowl is totally amazeballs. I would love to see it in the craziest of variegation.

Roller Coaster Cowl by Barbara Benson

And from me, this cowl uses lifted stitches to distort the fabric and create deep texture that allows the crazy colors to shine.

If you have any suggestions for future Fave 5 themes I would love to hear them! Please let me know in the comments.

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2 thoughts on “Favorite 5 Patterns for Crazy Variegated Yarn

  • February 21, 2017 at 2:11 am

    I purchased this pattern but would like to see a tutorial on raising the 3 stitches to purl and also to see the invert to inside out and the short row and back.

    Where can I find a video?


    • February 21, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      Hello! I am so glad you like the pattern. This is not a technique I have made a video on yet but I can work on getting one done. Until I can do that I found one on YouTube that is pretty much the same stitch. She uses a crochet hook to accomplish the lifting but it might help you get the idea:

      As far as the second part, I was unable to find a video on that. It is on my list.


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