Although multicolored yarns are beautiful to look at in the skein, complex stitch patterns such as lace or texture patterns can get lost in the mix of colors. It is also more difficult to knit a texture pattern in a highly variegated color, because the stitches are not as easy to see.
Solid or tone-on-tone colors work best for cables, lace, or other textured patterns. Hand-dyed, semisolid yarns are often very attractive in cabled or lace patterns, provided there is not a huge range in the intensity of the color.
Highly variegated colors often look best in stockinette, ribbing, or patterns which incorporate biasing stitches, such as a chevron stitch. Slip-stitch color patterns can help break up random hand-painted colors and prevent the color from pooling or striping.
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