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What to make with variegated yarn

Magpie Hediye

As a sweater knitter, I tend to gravitate toward more semi-solid colors. There are so many amazing variegated skeins from indie dyers, though I’ve often found it hard to figure out what to make with them — you don’t want lace and cables to get lost, but you do want something that breaks up the colors a bit.

Here’s a list of patterns, including some from Indie Untangled designers, that were created with variegated yarns in mind, or that show them off very well. And please comment with your favorites!


Above, Hediye by Ysolda Teague, shown here in Magpie Fibers Swanky DK in Rhinestone Cowboy

Loop by Casapinka
Loop by Casapinka

Brickless, Endless Rainbow or almost any shawl by Martina Behm

Night’s Watch by Lara Smoot

Multnomah by Kate Ray

Wave by Kristen Finlay

The Fool by Toby Roxane Barna
The Fool by Toby Roxane Barna

Ingot by Lisa Mutch

Momijigari by Beth Kling


Sugarplum by Lara Smoot
Sugarplum by Lara Smoot

Turning Stone by Chrissy Prange

Brighton by Veronica Parsons

Honey Cowl by Antonia Shankland


Oh Bother hat and cowl by Barbara Benson Designs
Oh Bother hat and cowl by Barbara Benson Designs

Botanic Hat by Stephen West

Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure


Sun Tea by Laura Aylor
Sun Tea by Laura Aylor

She’s Electric by Ann Weaver

On the Grass by Joji Locatelli


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