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Using speckled yarn for accents and for larger knits

 

Speckled or splattered yarns give a lot of character and depth to knits in much the same way tweeds and marled yarns do, but with less intensity. Yesterday we looked at the drape of Bamboo Pop yarn in the context of a collection of patterns. Today we’ll look at using the Dots version of this yarn both as accents and as the main colorway of a knit.

 

The bamboo fibers in this yarn make the textures truly pop, but the speckles are infrequently placed so they don't deter from either the lace or the twists.
The bamboo fibers in this yarn make the textures truly pop, but the speckles are infrequently placed so they don’t deter from either the lace or the twists.

 

We’ll explore the baby blanket in the photograph above more tomorrow, but I just wanted to show how the dots add interest to the textured stitches without detracting from the pattern. This is a gateway yarn to introducing colors to one’s fabric without the effort of knitting colorwork.

This cute little tee-shirt is great for the younger crowd and features the same Watermelon colorway. The pattern is available as a PDF download.

 

With minimal shaping and easy color changes, not only is this top a great beginner knitter pattern for a first garment, it's a perfectly portable project for summertime knitting!
With minimal shaping and easy color changes, not only is this top a great beginner knitter pattern for a first garment, it’s a perfectly portable project for summertime knitting!

 

As in the pattern above, the next top features Bamboo Pop Dots as the main colorway, but in adult sizes. The Ocean colorway is white with dots of black, and 2 marine blues. This sway jacket pattern is available in 7 sizes, from XS to 3X.

 

The combination of angled ribbing, stripes, and wrapped V-neck opening, along with the black and blue speckles make this a jaunty, fun piece for anyone's spring or fall wardrobe. A great office cardigan!
The combination of angled ribbing, stripes, and wrapped V-neck opening, along with the black and blue speckles make this a jaunty, fun piece for anyone’s spring or fall wardrobe. A great office cardigan!

 

Although the next design is knit with a solid color, I think it would look splendid in the Grape dots colorway.

 

Speckled yarn will not deter from the lace around the yoke and it will provide a lot of interest for the miles of stockinette stitch around the torso of this top.
Speckled yarn will not deter from the lace around the yoke and it will provide a lot of interest for the miles of stockinette stitch around the torso of this top.

 

This striped and lace-paneled shawl is knit with a multicolor Bamboo Pop and solids, but would look equally as elegant, if not moreso, if some the stripes were knit with the Stormy colorway of the Dots version, and the other two colors were Rose and Midnight Blue to correspond to the speckles.

 

This cheery shawl will demand attention when knit in any of the almost infinite combinations of solids, "dots" speckled yarn, and variegated colorways of Bamboo Pop.
This cheery shawl will demand attention when knit in any of the almost infinite combinations of solids, “dots” speckled yarn, and variegated colorways of Bamboo Pop.

 

Tomorrow, we’ll look at the different stitches that make up the baby blanket shown at the top of the post, and see how to make some textured stitches that pop!

 

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: Sleuthing for knitting patterns you can make with Bamboo Pop Dots

Go to part 4: Knitting a modern baby blanket with Bamboo Pop Dots

About Charles Voth

I’m Charles Voth, a crochet and knitting professional. I enjoy reviewing yarns and tools to help others find materials that will help them be happy with what they stitch. I design garments and accessories and items for the home. I teach both crafts at yarn stores, in schools, and at craft shows and retail events. I am also a technical editor of both crochet and knitting patterns and illustrate the charts and diagrams that make pattern reading accessible to so many.

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