Episode 99 – Laura Is Crazy, and This Is Why

Laura is knitting  a pair of Simple Skyp socks out of Socks that Rock Medium Weight in Sugarplum on size 2 (2.75mm) needles. She has also cast on another test knit for Stitchnerds (pattern not available yet).

Leslie is knitting on a pair of socks out of handspun. She has also cast on an Evenstar out of Tempted Yarn.

Leslie has finished  Pole out of Berroco Boboli on size 9 (5.5mm) needles.  She has also finished a pair of socks out of Highland Handmades in the Challenging colorway. She finished the wonderful  Piper’s Journey out of Shibui Baby Alpaca DK.

We mention Knitting Pipeline and Paula’s awesome retreat.

Laura has finished a tea toter out of Sublime Organic Cotton DK on size 6 needles. She has also finished a test knit (pattern not available yet) for Stitchnerds.  It is Simply Seashells out of Yarn Pirate bamboo/merino in the Sweet Lime colorway. She also finished her socks out of some lovely Labybug yarn on size 1.5 needles.

Laura has spun Merino from Unwind Yarn Company in the Labradorite colorway.  It’s a 2-ply and was a joy to spin.  I also spun a White to Black Shetland Ombre Blend from the Sheep’s Company.  Currently on the wheel is a batt from Dawning Dreams (3 oz).

Leslie has spun Freckle Face Fibers.

Charity: Knitting Brooklyn is teaming with Remembering Remy to knit premie hats.  You can find out more info here in Knitting Brooklyn’s Ravelry group.

Tangerine Designs has super cute bags!


Tempted Yarns


Lost City Knits: 10% with the code knitgirllls

Fibernymph Dyeworks Knitters Choice Club

TriDye Club

Mittens for Me! Clue Three is now available.  Leslie has knit a pair of the fingerless mitts.

Dancing Dog Dyeworks skein for Bella and Maizie (not currently available).

Olga’s Vest

This week’s contest!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Leslie is obsessed with knitting, and when possible, perfection in her knitting. All stripey socks must match exactly and all lace must be blocked severely. She has major love for all of her viewers/readers and hopes to keep blogging and podcasting for years to come.

246 Responses to Episode 99 – Laura Is Crazy, and This Is Why

  1. alp0614 says:

    I like knitting shawls or baby sweaters with variegated yarns. Also I really like watching this show – so so fun. Keep it up!

  2. alp0614 says:

    Love the show! I have been waiting impatiently to watch it! I’m loving the dyeabolical yarns too. I like to knit shawls or baby sweaters with variegated yarns. However, despite my failed 2nd attempt at socks (men’s size L, yuck) I may be convinced to try my hand at some more socks.

  3. craftink says:

    Something made with linen stitch maybe? It creates a really nice effect!

  4. Caitlin says:

    My favorite pattern for variegated yarn is the Daybreak by Stephen West! Anything that uses a solid and variegated together is nice.

  5. Angela says:

    Love you guys. I”m doing the Skype socks for my husband in Fibernymph’s yarn and I love them.

    • Angela says:

      Forgot the question – it’s early! I’ve always been scared of variegated yarns and have a lot in my stash. I think they’re beautiful, but have no idea what to do with them. However, I’ve started using them for shawls, with simple stitch patterns, and socks.

  6. I definitely like using variegated yarns for socks, a favourite pattern being “Ampersand”.

  7. marina says:

    i think i’m mostly resigned to the fact that most of my variegated yarn stash looks better when it stays in the skein, but i think the baby surprise jacket with its garter stitch works well with variegated yarn 🙂

  8. Humbirdblue says:

    Leslie do not give that shawl away! (except to me of course) It is wonderful and sets you aglow! I have always chosen multi colored and varigated yarns since I was about 4 yrs old. Love the podcast keep it up. 🙂

  9. Retha Hase says:

    a favorite pattern for variegated sock yarn is Hermione’s Everyday Sock. here’s a link:

  10. I used some variegated yarn to make “Pogona” by Stephen West, ( http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pogona ) and I feel it worked up very nicely! Also, “Multnomah” by Kate Ray ( http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/multnomah ) works well for some variegated yarns. Oh, and “Hitchhiker” by Martina Behm. ( http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hitchhiker )

  11. Becca says:

    I like using variegated for toys and socks. I don’t mind pooling in socks. It can also be nice for one of two colors in a colorwork pattern. This is probably my favorite variegated-friendly pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/leyburn-socks The slip-stitch pattern breaks up pooling nicely.

  12. My 10 year-old daughter just reminded me of another pattern that works nicely with variegated yarns: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/short-row-multi-directional-scarf-69 She’s made a few of these and I am teaching a friend to knit who has moved up from dishcloths to this pattern. 🙂

  13. Gina Assetta says:

    this is a hard questions- I’m always attracted to the variegated yarns but never know what to make with it. I think the FO I’m most happy with is the sock, SKEW. Also maybe the Feb Lady sweater.

  14. Tabs says:

    I love variegated yarns and am currently knitting ‘Multnomah’ By Kate Elsa, using a combo of 2 diffrent variagated regia sock yarns:) I love the way you can never fully predict the way the colours come out while knitting!

  15. Jill says:

    Socks. Definitely socks with variegated yarn.

  16. Jennifer says:

    I love vanilla socks or I love http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hermiones-everyday-socks too.
    (I hope that I linked that right)

  17. Ely says:

    This is a great thread – because I so often end up with plain vanilla socks to show off the variegated yarn and shy away from variegation when I want to show off the pattern detail. Two patterns that worked well for me though are: and .

  18. Elisa says:

    Writing patterns is faster/easier on a mac… how so? As a mac owner, and -probably- future pattern designer, I’m intrigued!

  19. Carey says:

    I love doing shawls. This is one that was designed for variegated http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mapes

  20. Sarah says:

    I love pooling so socks always work well for me, but a pattern that I thought worked real well with a skein of variegated was the Sock Head hat. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sockhead-hat

  21. Jana says:

    For self striping yarns I use plain vanilla sock pattern – Wendy’s toe up with heel gusset http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wendys-fingering-weight-toe-up-socks-with-gusset-heel and for wildly variegated I like Leyburn http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/leyburn-socks
    if the yarn isn’t tooo variegated a shawl is great, but if it is highly variegated I love Traveling Woman
    also highly patterned (striping OR variegated) look great in Hitchhiker
    I sure hope all the links work!

  22. Sheri says:

    I just knitted this pattern with a variegated yarn and love it!

  23. Brooke says:

    My favorite pattern for variegated yarn is the hitchhiker: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hitchhiker because I like the way the pooling works out, that depending on how its dyed there are random blobs of color. Also, monsters are really cute in variegated colors.

  24. Shilo says:

    I love the hitchhiker in variegated yarn, but I also like Citron http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/citron.

  25. sabine says:

    I knit mostly socks out of variegated yarn, but also hats and I really like
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/holden-shawlette out of it.

  26. Tara A says:

    Aquaphobia Socks are greet for variegated yarns. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/aquaphobia-socks

  27. Kim says:

    I have a hard time picking pattern for variegated yarns, but I think my favorite are mini socks. Cute in any yarn!

  28. Jessica (showmeyourknits on Rav) says:

    Right now I’m “test knitting” Leslie’s Georgia On My Mind sock pattern (not up on Rav yet to link) and it is great for variegated yarns.

  29. Sarah Whaley says:

    Some great variegated yarn patterns are:

    Paint me a sweater by Elena Nodel


    Longies for babies.

  30. Kathy says:

    I’ve been wanting to make the Skew socks with variegated yarn:


  31. Laura says:

    Ooo I would throw the yarn on the loom and weave a scarf – that’s my favorite thing to do with variegated yarns these days!

    LOVE Dyeabolical yarns!

  32. Jennifer McConnell aka Lunchdress says:

    The Calais’ project page has a few beautiful variegated FOs, may have to try: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/calais-shawl

    and I’m going to make another tappen zee cardigan, I love how it looks with variegated (and it’s a fun easy pattern):

  33. Rachel says:

    I made the Drop Stitch Scarf (link :http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/drop-stitch-scarf-2 ) with variegated yarn, and it looked really pretty!!


  34. JoyceAnna says:

    I luv variegated yarns. I agree that sometimes it looks prettier skeined/balled rather than knitted. The sockblankie shows everything nicely in small doses.

  35. folksmith says:

    I think Wingspan is beautiful in variegated yarns. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wingspan-2

  36. Holli says:

    Good variegated patterns include Citron and Multnomah for shawls, the Purl Bee Bandana Cowl and Liz Abiante’s Weeble Wobble and Flurries cowls.

  37. mary fo says:

    My heart jumped when you all showed Dyeabolical yarn with all the awesomeness spun into it.
    Two patterns come to mind:
    Among the Birches by Ilga Lega from the Far Northern Collection.
    And Regina Satta ‘s Crazy Parrot gloves. Sorry, no links, I’m not that clever, but both can be found
    in Ravelry patterns.

  38. Karen says:

    The comments are filled with great suggestion, I have bookmarked lots of them!
    My fav is http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hermiones-everyday-socks

  39. Aldy says:

    My favorite socks http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vokuhila-socks

    Love the show and waiting it every week:-) Girls you are awesome and you make my day!

  40. Kaidy Drivas says:

    Loved the broadcast. Great way to spend time on our first snow day of the year! The Anemone Hat by Cat Bordhi is a great pattern for variegated yarn. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/anemone-hats

  41. Kate says:

    I like three patterns. One knit in a circle, one on the side and the last knit in the usual construction mode. All three look great in-variegated yearns.

    Ten Stitch Twist – blanket
    by Frankie Brown
    This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

    Variegation on the Side – vest
    by Susan Guagliumi in knitters 2001

    Beech Wood – cowl
    by Ilga Leja


    Thanks for the great podcast and for the chance to win!

  42. Patti Sandstrom says:


    I think the hitchhiker looks great in variegated yarn.

  43. Bev Love says:

    Hey Ladies,
    I ordered the della Q Edict Cotton Pouchbags from Jimmy Beans Wools. You can choose which saying you want on which color bag. Leslie the shell is from Pacific Ocean Beach in SF.

    I am not entering the drawing but all Erica Lueder Harry Potter themed socks are perfect for variegated yarns.

    Bev aka paletpc

  44. Sometimes it’s so frutstrating when a yarn that looks so beautiful in the skein looks like crap all knitted up! That being said, I’ve been enjoying using a variegated yarn with a solid to help anchor it and pick up one of the colors in it. I also like either a vanilla sock or something like the Jaywalker sock.

  45. Kristi says:

    I like slip stitch patterns for variegated yarns. Slip stitches are not always great for yarns because they can make the fabric stiff and not as good at conforming to the shape of the leg/foot. This was the problem I ran into on the aquaphobia socks– the socks are lovely and colorful, but not stretchy. Don’t get me wrong. I wear them anyway. The skew sock, however, was a great pattern to show off colors without undermining the integrity of the stretchy fabric.

    Also, a good linen stitch scarf is a great way to go.

  46. Alka M. says:

    I love how Honey Cowl looks in a variegated yarn. ~Wallaroo on Ravelry


  47. Tracie Barrett says:

    I enjoy knitting baby blankets, throws and doing a scarf in verrigated colors is always fun even a shwal in verrigated is wonderful.

  48. Amy K. says:

    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/west-end-scarf It’s a GREAT linen stitch scarf 🙂 🙂 WITH a ruffle 🙂

  49. I’m dying to knit skew socks. So loved the podcast today…and always!

  50. I’d love to knit skew socks.

  51. Cathy Moore says:

    Shawls are probably my favorites to knit and I ‘d like to knit the Holden Shawlette in a variegated yarn.

    BTW Leslie, I knitted the Evenstar shawl a couple years ago when it was a mystery KAL and I love it. The beading was a lot of work, but gives such nice drape.

  52. Kelly N. says:

    I like to knit socks with variegated yarns….just finished a pair of Wanida (by Cookie A) in some Dyeabolical sock yarn!

  53. Emily says:

    I like making socks with variegated yarn and I try to play around with the gauge and stitch count to minimize pooling. I think the Movie Night socks (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/movie-night-sock) would look great in a variegated.

  54. chrystal says:

    I like the Baktus and the Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf in a variegated colorway

    Thank you 🙂

  55. Judy Salmans says:

    I love how your shawl turn out. I think socks look great in variegated yarn. Please pick me

  56. Casey says:

    I really like the Hitchhiker and small shawls for variegated yarns! Sometimes, fingerless mitts are great too.
    Thanks again, Girls, for your AWESOME job! And I’m glad you liked your goodies!

  57. Katie O says:

    i plan on doing the hitchhiker in a verigated yarn… just have to narrow down my choice of yarn… 🙂

  58. Eloise says:

    I recently knitted the Hitchhiker with a variegated yarn and love it.

  59. Marcia says:

    I love to use variegated yarn for plain vanilla socks.

  60. Elizabeth York says:

    I am going to knit the V junkie sock with my next highly variegated sock yarn!


  61. Bonnie says:

    The latest pattern I have seen that I will be knitting in a varigated yarn is ZuZu Petals.
    Check it out.

  62. Kate says:

    I think it depends on the length of the colour repeat. If it is very short, then I think a slip stitch pattern tends to work well to break up the colours. Also, the knit one below technique achieves this as well. If the colour repeats are longer (but not noro long) then something like wingspan would be awesome.

  63. Adrienne says:

    I like using slip stitch patterns, such as linen stitch for both high and low contrast variegated yarns. I’ve got a Chickadee Cowl going, and it really works for subtle and bright alike.


    Also, garter stitch biased patterns like those in the Hitchhiker Series!


  64. jenna m says:


    either the Age of Brass and Steam or the Hitchhiker are my go to patterns.

  65. Erin C says:

    *sigh* Let me try the html again!
    Hedgerow Mitts
    Hedgerow Socks

  66. Dee Dee says:

    Where to you get your foot models?

  67. Mariet says:

    Love to knit traveling woman with variegated yarn

  68. Mariet says:

    Love to knit traveling woman scarf with variegated yarn

  69. My fave pattern for variegated is skew http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/skew

    But, for the OCD, a planned pooling project can really make a skein shine (dyed in the round) http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pooling-rivulets-stole

    Molly : )

  70. Shannon Jones says:

    I think http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/zuzus-petals would look amazing in a variegated yarn!
    Love your show!

  71. socks! i use the elizabeth zimmerman pattern/system. all those new bits of color popping up make me happy & keep going. really enjoyed today’s very full show!

  72. bettina walia says:

    i do not have much varigated yarns my wish would be to make some socks from it or a really nice shawl so if i were to win some very nice dyebolical yarn certificate….i would make a great shawl with it

  73. Julie L. says:

    I love the way the Multnomah looks in variegated yarn (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/multnomah). Thanks for the giveaway!

  74. Ruth Ann says:

    My Monkey socks by Cookie A. turned out very lively using varigated yarn, there was yellow and orange and I smile every time I put them on. Who could ask for more?

  75. Kellie says:

    I love using variegated yarn for socks and lightweight scarves. I currently have a pair of plain stockinette socks and a Hitchhiker on the needles in variegated.

  76. April says:

    I am knitting Citron right now with my handspun variegated yarn, so it is my favorite of the moment. Love the podcast! Can’t wait to see what you knit with your club shipment.

  77. Knitphomaniac says:

    Although I’m usually a stripey sock junkie, I totally love Interrupting Cows socks in variegated yarns. Awesome show this week!

  78. jill s. says:

    I’m a little scared of variegated yarns….. I did manage a nice Clapotis (with a tiny bit of unfortunate pooling) and I think the hitchhiker does a nice job with variegated. I used a tonal, but I’ve enjoyed the pictures of other people’s variegated. I own the rest of her pattenrns and I think the construction is nice for vgs.

  79. Denise says:

    I love using variegated yarn. I’ll either use it for socks, mitts or the Larch shawlette.

  80. Melanie Douglas says:


    Thanks for another great giveaway!

  81. Dinobower says:

    I love watching your shows!! LaLa I am so glad you are feeling better. 3 days of the plaque sounds aweful!! I am always on the edge of my couch with your shows because I have fallen in love the handspun yarn you both do. I just bought a drop spindle and some roving so I am eager to start to learn. My only problem is that the roving I bought looks so pretty in it’s little braid that I am afraid to use for fear that I will be unsucessful!! I know, I know, just do it right!!

  82. RiverCameron says:

    I love Lala’s Simple Shawl for variegated yarn 🙂 http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lalas-simple-shawl

  83. Tonya says:

    I look forward to seeing everyone’s suggestions as well. I enjoy using variegated yarns for baby blankets, especially something simple like the grandmother’s favourite pattern done up to baby blanket size.
    I also really love the oriental lily but haven’t made it yet. Everyone’s been having lil boys lately!

  84. Dinobower says:

    Forgot to say that right now my favorite pattern for varigated yarn is the Flurries Cowl by Feminisity on Raverly. I am working on my second, and this pattern just makes the colors sing!!

  85. Melissa m. Weipert says:

    I like the Japanese Garden Shawl by Wendy Johnson. It makes a great stripy pattern if there is a longer color repeat. Btw I am angered as Melissa M for some reason.

  86. Karoline says:

    For variegated yarn I real liked knitting the Demiluna Shawl http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/demiluna-shawl, I hear the Hitchhicker Shawl also works for variegate yarn even though I used a gradient. Also, I really enjoyed this episode!

  87. Claudia Collier says:

    A fun show to watch today! Variegated yarn works well for all the socks I knit and the Gaia Shawl: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/claudi/gaia-shoulder-hug-axelvarmare

  88. Mayven says:

    Just knit my first sock – used variegated – great choice to hide mistakes. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easy-peasy-socks-for-first-timers.
    Easy conversational pattern walked me through every step.

  89. aundy says:

    my next variegated yarn project is going to be a lala shawl … not sure which one yet but there are a couple that I love and I have some awesome variegated sock yarn

  90. Kim says:

    I think variegated yarn works good for socks, monsters and shawls…

    I am just now entering but the rafflecopter says that I have no more entries for today- I have not yet entered….I hope this works……

  91. Hind says:

    The only thing I’ve knit with variegated yarn is the “Lacy Rib Socks” by Wendy Johnson and I really like the way they look. I want my next variegated project to be a Hitchhiker because I really like the pattern.

  92. Camille says:

    I think any of Rebecca Danger’s monsters would be great to do in a variegated yarn!

  93. Jan says:

    I think my favorite pattern that works with almost any variegated yarn is the Hitchhiker!
    Hope I linked that right! 🙂

  94. One of my favorite patterns for variegated sock yarn is the sock head hat: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sockhead-hat

    I also love to just do stockinette socks and let the yarn do what it’s going to do. 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  95. Anna (alcatmom) says:

    I used variegated for my Brandywine shawl and I’m happy with the results.

  96. Gretchen B says:

    I like the monkey socks in varigated. I also do a few monsters and amigurumis from varigated.

  97. Carina Peterson says:

    I love the Baktus shawl. It’s easy to adjust the size, gauge doesn’t matter, and looks awesome. I wear mine almost every day.

    Linking is evidently beyond me at this point. I also may have entered twice on the helicopter thingy. Sorry.

    You ladies are fun. I look forward to watching every week.

  98. Jo says:

    Love knitting shawls in variegated yarns. It makes the process so fun. 🙂

  99. suzanne marie says:

    Great show as always!
    I have only used Fleece artist trail sock yarn in the glacier color way (for a varigated)
    I think that the hitchiker looks wonderful done up with these yarns!
    I do not know how to link something in the comments, I am sorry about that.

  100. Ro Countryman says:

    Loved the FOs and spinning! Oh, my, Leslie–the Peony is gawgeous!!! I’m sorry the cardi didn’t fit. Glad to see you’re feeling a little more the thing, Laura. 🙂

    Re the giveaway entry: I like “Abstract Rhombus” socks by Rose Hiver, when done with the background variegated: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/shayini/abstract-rhombus

  101. Sharon K says:

    The Multnomah shawl looks great in variegated yarn. The wave pattern softens the colors. Stockinette socks are always good, too.

  102. Lynsey says:

    I recently knit the Hitchhiker shawl with variegated yarn and it showed off the yarn very well.

  103. Mikell says:

    I use variegated yarn in socks. If it pools, I really don’t mind. I used a variegated handspun in the Multnomah shawl and it was pretty( if I say so myself;) )

  104. Rolene says:

    Usually shawls or socks. I don’t think I could ever knit a sweater using variegated yarn.

  105. Amanda says:

    My favorite pattern for variegated yarns is definitely Hitchhiker [http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hitchhiker] by Martina Behm!

  106. Aurelija says:

    I love Mad Color Weave for any variegated yarn with very variegated colors that tend to muddy up or pool strangely, they ALWAYS look good in this pattern. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mad-color-weave

  107. Anna says:

    There is a hat pattern called Eldora on http://www.jenniferdassau.com that I have been wanting to try. It is knit sideways with short rows to show off variegated yarn.

  108. Ruthie says:

    Hmmm…I did a quick scan of all the entries and only one person mentioned my fav designer but didn’t mention my favorite pattern. I absolutely LOVE Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Baby Surprise Jacket in varigated colors. (Do I even need to post a link??) The fun part of varigation is that one never knows until the end what the BSJ is going to look like. That’s half the fun, I think.

  109. Leslie says:

    My favorite pattren for this type of yarn would have to be Hermonies Everyday Socks. My favorite color for this is Stroll Handpainted Tree Fort! I love all the green in it.

  110. Stephanie says:

    Hats , mittens, and socks are my favorite to make out of variegated yarns. However, I plan on making some shawls this year and will probably use variegated for them. (I tend to knit mostly with solids or self-striping. )

  111. Deb C says:

    The Wingspan is my current fav for variegated yarns.


  112. Elizabeth GM says:

    In my favorites on Ravelry, I tag patterns that are good for variegated yarns, so here are some of the ones I’ve tagged:
    Sempiternity Scarf by Caryl Pierre
    Skid by Stephen West
    Trifurcate by Hunter Hammersen

  113. crzjane says:

    I like the way the colors play out in the Hitchhiker scarf. Vanilla socks in variegated yarn always make a simple sock look fancy.
    Plain watchman’s caps also look good in variegated too.

  114. Monique G says:

    It’s OK Laura….crazy is good. You’re in great company on that score. And here’s what I always say…..

    Normal is ONLY on the washing machine!

  115. Stephanie F. says:

    I like doing color work items where one color is a solid and one is variegated, such as the Spectra or the Catkin.

  116. Ana says:

    Random comment here….Leslie, you may have named your own socks! “Quirk”. Like it.

  117. laura sequeira says:

    Like others have said, I love variegated yarns but they don’t always love the pattern. The socks I knit tend toward lace so the pattern gets lost in those. Lately it has been knitting shawls with a mostly solid body in a variegated and then the lace in a solid. That may be why I tend more toward tonals…best of both worlds.

  118. Cherie Maxson says:

    I think variegated yarn looks lovely in Hitchhiker, Froot Loops socks, and Jaywalker socks, if they have some striping.

  119. jesdod says:

    My fave pattern that I’ve made using variegated yarns is the boyfriends mitts pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/boyfriend-mitts

    or, anything with this chevron shape looks great with variegated yarns I think 🙂

  120. Carrie P. says:

    I’d have to say my favorite patterns for variegated yarns are similar to what others have said:

    The Hitchhiker:
    and any type of socks – I’ve had a love affair with Wendy D. Johnson patterns lately and want to knit all of them with my stash of beautiful variegated yarns!

  121. wenchfaery says:

    My two fave patterns for variegated yarns – at least, the two things I’ve knit out of variegated or multi-coloured yarns and loved the most – are Gaenor by Corrina Ferguson and the ubiquitous Clockwork by Stephen West. I LOVE highly-variegated yarns for shawlettes, you get to see all of the awesome colours that way. 😀

  122. Maurice says:

    my favorite pattern for varigated yarns is called a wingspan http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wingspan-2
    I hope you like it ;D also it can be used for different yarn weights

  123. Carmen says:

    I’ve never knitted anything with a variegated yarn, only crocheted and it was just one shawl: http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/patricia/patricia.html.

  124. Tina says:

    My favorite pattern to knit with variegated yarn would be basic socks or one of the hitchhiker series of patterns.

  125. Maria Torres says:

    I love the way variegated yarns work with all of the Martina Behm patterns such as Hitchhiker, Lintilla and Magrathea.

  126. La-La's Father says:

    Leslie needs to buy a US atlas and study. Think of Pittsburgh-Philadelphia relationship as Memphis to Knoxville.

  127. aprilshowers says:

    I love making tank tops for my girls with highly-variegated yarns, especially those in colors I don’t particularly like for myself. Here’s the one I made last year: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/aprilshowers/custom-girls-tank-3. The pattern is more a “recipe” and highly-customizable which is the other reason I like it! It’s from an old blog post by Wendy Bernard: http://knitandtonic.typepad.com/knitandtonic/2006/07/overheard_at_th.html

  128. Vicki says:

    I think the Baktus scarf and the Lacey Baktus look great in variegated yarn. There are many variations you can do with the patterns, too.

  129. Emily A says:

    I have never knit anything in varigated yarn though I have been eyeing the hitchhiker for just such a yarn 🙂

  130. Lisa Leavitt says:

    I love these socks, they look great with variegated yarns: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/athelrod-toe-up-socks!

  131. Kristin says:

    I just knit the Harvest Dew socks last month with a variegated yarn, and I really really liked how it turned out!


  132. Brenda says:

    I think the giveaways are so great! I can’t believe it’s almost 100 episodes, that’s AWESOMENESS!!! I like the Thermis Cowl pattern for verigated yarn, soo pretty! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/thermis

  133. My favorite projects are Danger Crafts Monster and Critters – especially Jerry the Musical Monkey.

  134. Jennie K says:

    I haven’t used this pattern yet, but this one looks like it would be perfect for dyebolical yarn.
    I just noticed that it is made in lace yarn, but I bet it would work with heavier fibers.

  135. Cathy says:

    I think the Minty would be a good match for variegated yarn.

  136. SwedishRose says:

    I like using my variegated yarns for socks but I’ve knot a couple of shawls as well. Socks usually end up with a simple lace design or a simple cable detail up the side/s.
    Diagonal Lace Socks by Wendy D. Johnson.

    A shawl that looks great in variegated is Victorine by Cindy Guggemos.

  137. Aubrey says:

    Wow! So many good ideas….I agree that Monkey socks and Clapotis are great ideas for knitting with variegated yarn. I haven’t yet knit a Hitchhiker, but will probably give in to the peer pressure soon. I’ll definitely be looking back at this page for some ideas of what to cast on. Here are my additions:

    Boneyard by Stephen West: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/boneyard-shawl


    Shaelyn by Leila Raabe: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/shaelyn

    I just found your show via Round The Twist and love it! Thanks for all that you do to inspire us.

  138. Lacey says:

    I love Dyeabolical’s yarn, and if I had unlimited funds, I would own like one of EVERYTHING she dyes…ribbon and fabric included. 😀

    My fave patterns for variegated yarns:

    I’ve got 2 new favorites that were just published as part of a KAL that I’m doing:
    Fluries cowl and perpetually persistent cowl

  139. Cathy says:

    I don’t know how to “use these HTML tags and attributes” as described under the Leave A Reply. I hope the above cut and paste works. It is the minty hat I would make from Dyeabolical’s yarn.

  140. Angela says:

    I do like the jaywalker socks in a variegated yarn http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jaywalker

  141. Nikki says:

    My favorites at the moment are the Honey Badger Socks, Rebecca Danger Monsters and A Little Jazz shawl!

  142. Jennifer Britton says:

    My favorite patterns for variegated yarn are
    Stephen West’s Clockwork
    and the Mahayany Flying Gloves


  143. Emily says:

    I think hermione’s everyday socks are great for variegated sock yarns. Also the sock head hat. I think they’re both free!

  144. Karen V says:

    Wow, 99 epsiodes! It goes by so fast when you’re having fun.

    My favorite pattern would probably be Little Colonnade by Stephen West found here:


    Something about this pattern gets the colors to pool just right.

  145. Chevas Hefflinger says:

    I usually pick shawls or socks, depending on what the yarn looks like. I love seeing how the colors are going to pool=)

  146. Jadee says:

    I like using slipped stitch patterns for variegated yarns. I plan on using that Interrupting Cow sock pattern for one of my halloween flavored handpainted yarns!

  147. Maryse says:

    Definitely socks! I did an attempt for the Muscari socks but did not get gauge, but I think they look good with variegated yarns! I look forward to the 100th episode! Congratulations! I really enjoy watching you and your FOs, WIPs, reviews, gifts!!! It some nice quality knitting time for me every week! Long life to the Knit Girllls! 😉

  148. Maryse says:

    Did you do all the episodes on the same side (I mean on the left and right side)? Hi, hi… just wondering 😉

  149. Kaity Melvin says:

    My two favorite patterns for variegated yarn are as follows. The first is a sock pattern, and the other is a shawl.

  150. StacyLoves says:

    My favorite item I’ve knit with Variegated yarn is my Herbivore by Stephen West.

  151. Katiebell says:

    I think slipping stitches or doing colorwork are the best ways to deal with variegated yarn. I like:
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sunrise-sunset-socks and

  152. Bionickristie says:

    Socks, any socks! And I recently made my very first shawl – Multnomah – which many others have mentioned as well.

  153. I love knit picks yarn or cascade yarns. 🙂

  154. Steph says:

    Thank you for bringing back a wonderful memory! One of my first, pre-Ravelry, knits was “Woven Knit” from the book “Knit Scarves!” I made it while staying with my sister while she was undergoing treatment for cancer. We stayed up late, lying in bed watching HGTV & Food Network while I knit away! 🙂

  155. Thanks for the mention on the tea toter pattern! Totally cracked up with the idea that you can wipe up tea spills with your handy little cotton cozy. Wish I’d had you nearby when I was trying to come up with a cute little blurb about the pattern to put in the pattern notes, Laura! 🙂 Leslie’s Freckle Face Fiber handspun is AMAZING beyond all reason this week!

  156. Knitter Kitter says:

    These patterns are great for variegated yarn:


    Also, Pogona and Herbivore by Stephen West.

  157. allena says:

    I really like this scarf for varigated yarns.
    also for socks something with a mistake rib patter works wonders to break up the colors.
    For hat’s i like your basic K2 P2 ribbing.

  158. Maike says:

    My favorite pattern for variegated yarn ist the Mara shawl:

  159. Angel says:

    I don’t really use actual patterns most of the time, but I made a hat kinda like this. I think with hats it doesn’t really matter if the colors flash or do strange things.

  160. Lili says:

    I really like Alice Yu’s socks for variegated. In particular, I think “De Stijl Socks” (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/de-stijl-sock) are very effective.

    Good luck for finding the matching project to your yarn!

  161. Anneh says:

    For socks, I love Gaudete, Angee and Cleopatra’s Stockings. What a great giveaway!


  162. Talvi says:

    Another great episode!

    My favorite patterns for variegated yarns are the Jaywalker socks and Wingspan and Hitchhiker shawls.

  163. Denise says:

    Ditto on the plain vanilla socks. I would also try a hitchhiker or a lacy shawl.

  164. Loved the episode as usual. I typically stick to socks for variegated yarns but I’m trying to branch out from that. I think a Hitchhicker would be lovely.

  165. Sandra sandy06 on ravelry says:

    I plan to knit a Hitchhiker http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hitchhiker with my varigated Twisted Lemone yarn in the very near future.

  166. Carolyn W says:

    So not an original comment…but I agree that socks and shawls are great out of varigated yarn.

    BTW – I did guess that it was holding a tea bag once Laura mentioned Downton Abbey. Yay me!

  167. Kristi says:

    I really like the Intrepid Traveler http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/intrepid-traveler I made some for my mom and she loves them too.

  168. Eileen Milton says:

    I think the wingspan shawlette looks great in varigated yarn also any pattern with slipped stiches

  169. I love the look of hats in variegated yarns. It’s a good way to see how the yarn will stripe or pool at different circumferences. I know this is a crochet pattern, but it’s one of my favorites and the concept is the same. http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/anupriya/anupriya.html

  170. Lynne Harlow says:

    It would be great to see a list of these. They can be tricky to use well.
    How about Wavy Scarf.

  171. I like the Bellatrix pattern for socks, and 22.5 Degrees for a skinny shawl.

  172. Amy Beth says:

    I love anything with a slipped stitch….It tends to break up any pooling and really lets the color shine through





  173. I love variegated yarns on all socks and the majority of shawls that I lay my little, beady eyes upon. I’m simple, easy to please 🙂

  174. Susan B says:

    I like the Hermione Everyday Socks http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hermiones-everyday-socks and the Felicity hat http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/felicity
    for variegated yarns.

  175. Stefanie Anderson says:

    My favorite pattern for variegated yarn is Hitchhiker 🙂 http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hitchhiker

  176. Dana says:

    Anything with linen stitch looks great in variegated, like Scrappy Lengthwise Scarf. Same goes with entrelac, like Lady Eleanor. But if it’s too wild, I stripe it with a solid, like I did with these crazy socks.

  177. cheryl says:

    For variegated yarn, I love doing Monkey socks by Cookie A. http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTmonkey.html

  178. Michelle Martino says:

    A favorite for me is the Top Down Buttons Cardigan from Friends Of Cabin Fever http://www.ravelry.com/projects/antmeg/top-down-buttons-cardigan
    It’s a great, quick and easy baby gift! Of course socks are alway a possibility too 🙂

  179. Jenifer says:

    I love to knit kid’s items with variegated: mittens, hats, socks, baby sweaters, etc. Variegated yarns are what I grew up with…my mom knit with them all of the time! My advice is to stay away from lace or cables with variegated yarns. A lot of work that gets lost in the colors.

  180. Lynn says:

    My fav pattern for variegated yarn is the Hitchhiker: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hitchhiker.

  181. Helen says:

    I knit http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTmonkey.html I think the Monkey socks were the first Cookie A pattern published. I knit them in Lorna’s Laces Tuscany colorway.

    I have not knit them yet but a another free pattern is the Skew pattern in Knitty. These look like they are fun.

  182. Yefferson says:

    Even though I’m a two years old knitter, I have not knitted enough with variegated yarns to have a favorite object or pattern to knit with it. Hugs and Kissess from New York!!!!

  183. morgan says:

    It may be a bit on the boring side, but I love vanilla socks knit out of varigated yarns!
    Or baby sweaters like: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/puerperium-cardigan

  184. Chelsea Wong says:

    I’m such a noob, I haven’t done much with variegated yarns, with the exception of a seed-stitch swiffer mop. Thanks for the chance!

  185. Tara says:

    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/noosa-sunset-shawl this is a great shawl for verigated yarns!!
    Thanks again for another great episode! Tsknits

  186. I haven’t knit these yet, but hope to cast them on in the next few weeks: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mad-color-weave. They look fantastic in variegated yarns!
    Thanks for another great show 🙂 I kind of like the rambly bits.

  187. Julie says:

    I have enjoyed making shawls (multnoma, brandywine), hats, and socks with verigated yarns. I have some in my stash for a daybreak. I have a cowl (ilsa) quad to finish up my skein of Malabrigo worsted.

  188. Linda C says:

    I’ve never used Dyeabolical yarns and I’d love to!

    I love the Iris, Goddess of Rainbows shawl for really wild variegated yarn


  189. Isabel says:

    I knit a Lavalette shawl (by Kirsten Kapur) with variegated yarn that I think worked really well, because of the simple, geometric pattern that shows off the yarn:


  190. Susan W says:

    The Comfort Shawl (a free pattern on Ravelry) is very pretty in variagated yarns. Many garter stitch patterns knit on the Biase also work well.
    Susan W

  191. Penny says:

    I love to make Multnomah shawl with variegated yarn, also just plain vanilla socks.

  192. Kate says:

    I have made several scarves in a slip stitch pattern – the Prismatic scarf. It has an applied Icord edge built in, and makes a great infinity scarf. Hopefully I’ll get to keep one, so far every one I’ve made somebody has wanted!

  193. Dana says:

    Well I am currently knitting the V Junkie socks by Alice Yu (from the Socktopus book) out of some pretty highly variegated MadelineTosh and it’s breaking up the pooling nicely because of the slipped stitches. Another pattern I’m dying to knit (because Brittany has) is the Leyburn socks, as it also has slipped stitches and seems to break up pooling well. Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  194. I love the linen stitch for breaking up colors.

  195. Amanda says:

    I think the Hitchhiker would look great in variagated yarns, and also the Spectra.

  196. Sabrina Bastine says:

    I like the Lacy Backtus and the Storm Cloud Shawlette in variegated yarns.



  197. Walden121 says:

    My favorite pattern to see in variegated yarns is SKEW

  198. Jennifer says:

    i’ve been dying to knit the spot check socks: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spot-check-sock
    you use one solid yarn and one highly variegated one!

  199. Allison says:

    My favorites for variegated yarns are Monkeys by Cookie A and Skew by Lana Holden…

  200. Sarah says:

    One of my favorite collections of sock patterns that work well with variegated are Anna Bell’s not-so-creatively named set of socks – Badcaul, Nautilus and Giotto. I’ve knit all three (and Badcaul and Nautilus multiple times), and they always look lovely.

  201. Shayla says:

    I’m boring and just make plain socks but I need to do a baktus (lacy or not) and a hitchhiker so those are good for me too.

  202. Fran Walker says:

    I like to knit Stephen West’s “Boneyard Shawl” in a variegated yarn to start with then move into a solid after about 6 ridges. This can be knitted with almost any yarn and is easy relaxing knitting – Loved your show again- thanks for all your ideas – I really want to knit piper’s journey.

  203. Rebecca J. says:

    The next sock patterns on my list for variegated yarns are the “Breaking Hearts Socks” and “Whirlpool Socks”. And always, the “Baby Surprise Jacket”.


  204. I like knitting hats, shawls and socks with variegated yarn.

  205. Pattern one more time. Sorry guys long day writing papers.

  206. Denise Katz says:

    I just did the Weeble Wobble cowl from Liz Abinante and I think it would be great in variegated yarn.

  207. Stacie Bee says:

    I really love my Jaywalker socks in variegated yarn!

  208. Jude says:

    I’m not a huge Toe up sock knitting fan, But I love these socks for Variegated yarn.
    WOW, Almost 100 shows. I know I have seen every one of them.

  209. Cyndi says:

    Hitchhiker & Plain Vanilla socks for fingering weight
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/van-dyke-socks and
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spring-wind for sport weight
    but honestly, pooling and such doesn’t bother me so I don’t look for special patterns for variegated yarns!

  210. I must say that for really variegated yarn, I’d knit plain vanilla socks! I also really want to thank you both for mentioning Knitting Brooklyn’s Remembering Remy KAL- you guys are angels!!! :0)

  211. Jenny V says:

    I’m currently knitting these http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flutter-butterfly-mittens using a variegated yarn for the butterflies and it seems to be going pretty well so far! My project page is here http://www.ravelry.com/projects/jennyyeah/flutter-butterfly-mittens
    I’m knitting these for my mom and I had to steal some of her yarn to make them, it’s been six months and she hasn’t noticed that it’s missing!

  212. Jenny V says:

    I stole some of my mom’s yarn so that I could knit these for her http://www.ravelry.com/projects/jennyyeah/flutter-butterfly-mittens it’s been six months and she still hasn’t noticed it’s missing!

  213. Danielle says:

    One of my favourite patterns for varigated yarns is one that has enough stockinette to show the colors off, and usually some simple lace as well. I really like the Holden Shawlette, my version is here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/obsessiveknits/holden-shawlette

  214. Carrie J says:

    I have knit the 22.5 degrees pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/225-degrees and loved it. Next up will be a pair of Nice Ribbed Socks http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/a-nice-ribbed-sock

  215. Anna L says:

    I haven’t made these yet buy, my daughter wants them. I am waiting to find out what colors she wants. Ya’ll have turned my on to so many dyers. And I just love Dyeabolical Yarns.


  216. Robin says:

    The land of OZ shawl is pretty in a verigated yarn http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/in-the-land-of-oz

  217. Krystalline says:

    Without a doubt, my favourite pattern for variegated yarns is the Baby Surprise Jacket!


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