Often the variegated yarn that looked so amazing in the skein looks much less interesting when knit. I was googling around trying to find a variegated or self striping linen that I thought might look good in a shawl that is of interest to me. The shawl is found in a book that I bought digitally (stored in dropbox) called Free Spirit Shawls.
I am looking for one more summer project before I start the fall knitting.
I am updating this post in September 2016 and have found some yarn that I bought for the above shawl from Webbs. It is Noro Taiyo Sock Yarn in neutral colors of grey, white, brown and green. I am going to take this yarn and pattern with me to Boston this week in case I finish the projects I have going or find that I need a small needle pattern and yarn when my arm and shoulder get tired.
Instead I found the following which is a site that shows some ideas for using variegated yarns in unusual ways:
Here is an example of one of the ways to use a variegated yarn that proved disappointing when used in straight knit and purl:
Mandy Bee says on her blog: http://www.mandybee.com/tag/knitting-with-variegated-yarn/
That what I want is gradient yarn rather than variegated yarn. She suggests some ways to use the variegated yarns that we have bought and been disappointed in results such as:
Using drop stitch pattern:
and using linen stitch such as the below found in a Church mouse creation:
Still looking for the right linen, I found a very pretty yarn that is on sale on the Webb's site called Santorini. Here is a sample knit with this yarn
This would make a WONDERFUL sweater for warm/cool weather. However, this yarn is not linen. It is a cotton/viscous (spelling?) blend. I found the sample on:
Just found another yarn that is very pretty. It is on Revelry: Seashore Kerchief by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. It uses size 7 needles, and Classic Elite Yarns Bella Lino. The picture below is Colorway 8504