Problem #1: To find a sweater pattern that would suit a variegated yarn.
Yarn: Malabriogo Rios: 100% merino (worsted weight)
Problem #2 No skeins are identical and two of the skeins I own are very light coloured
Note: I have no idea why how I didn't notice a leaf on my yarn!
|Light skein on the left, darker skein on the right|
I wasn't sure what to do with this variegated yarn. I knew I wanted to knit a sweater, but I was worried that a sweater knit in solid Piedras might be too busy for me. After searching through Ravelry, I thought the Daelyn Pullover by Isabell Kraemer might work. I really like the back of this sweater as it is knit in garter stitch, which always makes a variegated yarn look great. But I believed that, in order to get a consistent colour in my sweater, I would have to alternate a lot of skeins. Who wants to do that?
I made the decision not to use the two lighter skeins and to find a pattern that I could use with just my four darker skeins. This meant that I would not have enough yarn to knit a sweater. I knew I needed another colour to work with Piedras.
That's when I found Cocoa in Malabrigo Rios.
Problem #3 Find a pattern that would well with two colours.
I had another look at the Clarke Pullover by Jane Richmond, which had been in my queue since the pattern first came out. Most people on Ravelry knit it with two solid colours and I wasn't sure that it would look good with variegated yarn. I just went for it, knitting big stripes in Piedras, alternating with four rows of Cocoa. I am really pleased with the effect. This pattern is so well written and easy to follow. It's also a great sweater to knit if you are a beginner, and I am sure it will get a lot of use.
|Clarke Pullover by Jane Richmond|
I have to admit that I like a yarn challenge. It was fun for me to look try and find the perfect pattern for my yarn. Hopefully I will have enough yarn to complete the sweater and that it will look great when it's done. Trust me when I say that I do not go through this much thinking everytime I pick out a pattern to knit.
What will my next knitting challenge be?