Does this sound familiar?
After spending hours scouring the internet or your local yarn store, you happen upon some hand dyed skeins that sparked some serious inner color cravings.
They made you so weak in the knees, you just couldn't help but make them yours.
You left, triumphant, and wound them with love….
...only to find that staring back up at you were varying levels of color and saturation in each skein.
We’ve got a technique you can use forever worthy of best friend status. It will be your new best friend. It will help you create an even mixing of colors throughout a project where two beautiful skeins just don’t quite match up.
Our example here is—drumroll please—a brand newRock my World! Colorway.
This colorway not only contains a myriad of colors that increase in variations throughout the skein, but when we wound two skeins that were dyed together in the same dye pot, we even ended up with variations between the two when at first, they looked perfectly great together with no indication of how they’d vary. This just goes to show you how highly variegated handdyed can vary from one skein to the next.
So here’s the trick. It's really quite simple.
Cast on with one color.
Then, for every two rows of your pattern, you will alternate with your other color by simply carrying the yarn up the side as you work, so there are no ends to weave in.
It helps to choose a pattern that will be kind to this technique.
In our example, the difference in saturation between our two skeins is not visible in the project at all. Why is this? The skeins were dyed together using the same dyes and because they were they will blend harmoniously as you use this technique.
We chose theSeafoam Scarf (free on Ravelry)but rest assured this technique will work fabulously on all projects you choose including garments, shawls, etc.
Of course, the adventurous knitter will just knit from one cake to the next and wholly embrace the nuances of the uniqueness of each. Feel free to also be that knitter if you like! There are no rules in knitting - only rule is to enjoy yourself!