I don’t know about you, but when I see highly variegated yarn, I am frequently at a loss for which pattern I should knit. There’s always a delicate balance that must be achieved when choosing a garment pattern and the color of the yarn. If you use a variegated yarn with an intricate pattern, you risk losing the pattern in all of the wonderful colors of the yarn. And yet, with all of the beautiful variegated yarns, how can you not want to use them?
This is why I was so excited to see this Little Colonnade, designed by Stephen West and knitted by Christy. This shawl/scarf features a stockinette body with a simple lace boarder. Because this scarf incorporates such a classic design, it manages to show off the bright colors in the yarn while still retaining the integrity of the lace pattern. It’s the best of both worlds!
Christy chose to use Madeline Tosh Sock in Hippity Hop. With 395 yards of 100% pure merino wool in each skein, you can make this shawl from just one skein. Of course, you are not limited to Tosh Sock (although it is difficult to resist all of the beautiful colors of Tosh Sock). Because this pattern takes only one skein of fingering weight yarn, your options are boundless.
Personally, I think Alegria by Manos del Uruguay would be a fantastic alternative. This incredibly soft, superwash fingering weight yarn comes in skeins of 445 yards and a variety of colors. So click here and get started knitting your own Little Colonnade! -Michael