IMG_8178My nephew, Tyler, is 6, and I love him dearly. He’s bright, witty, spunky, hilarious, and immensely creative. In December 2010, Tyler, my sister, my mom, and myself were in the car driving to the cabin…

Sister- Did we remember cold medicine?

Me- Nope, do we need it?

Tyler- <Giant Burp> There’s some cold medicine for ya!

He loves fishing, hunting, swimming, soccer, school, and reading. He loves his Mom, Papa, Mimi, and Tia (that’s me!). He still wears the shark hat I knit him two years ago. He’s also a born philosopher. When he was just barely 3, he told me-

Tia, I don’t love you very often, but I love you a lot.

IMG_8331-1024x764At Christmas, Tyler insists on picking out gifts from him to the family. This year he gave me a skein of Red Heart with Love Multis. I know exactly why he chose it- it’s bright, cheery, and the colors are absolutely ones I’m drawn to. But knitting with highly variegated yarn is absolutely not my forte, so this little skein presented me with a challenge.

My first attempt was well thought out and planned. Through r/knitting I learned about Planned Pooling – planning out how the colors in your yarn will present themselves as you knit, creating neat patterns in your finished object. First you knit up a swatch of your yarn using whatever size needles you’re planning on using for the finished object. Then you go to PlannedPooling.com (a brilliant little site, really), and plug into the website how many colors are in your skein, and how many stitches are in each color (on average throughout your swatch). I plugged in my numbers and came up with this cool, bright argyle pattern.

20130225-112033Unfortunately, no matter what I did, my colors just wouldn’t align the way they were supposed to. I cast on, knit, and frogged it 5 or 6 times. I kept tweaking things- maybe I need to recount, or try different sized needles, or knit a little looser… Nothing worked. I finally decided that this skein of yarn did not want its pooling planned, and I gave up. For weeks the multicolored skein sat at the bottom of a glass bowl, covered by bags from WEBS full of single-color yarns. Easy yarns. Yarns that didn’t need plans, they could just be knit!

A couple weeks ago, an idea began to germinate while browsing once again through r/knitting. I found Ravelry user dizzymisslibby‘s Josephine Shawl – and it was gorgeous! What a simple idea… use a highly variegated yarn striped with a natural… so simple and such a beautiful result! The natural color breaks up the brightness and highlights the beauty of the colors in the variegated yarn. Okay, so the method was clear, but what to actually knit? I wanted to make something for Tyler out of this yarn, and a triangular shawl wasn’t going to work.

IMG_8334-1024x1024It wasn’t until this past weekend that I found the perfect pattern. I’m not going to tell you what it is until it’s finished. I will say it’s a surprisingly simple pattern, with a really neat construction. It needs to be washable, so acrylic yarn is a perfect choice. And it looks great with multicolored and natural stripes. Oh, and it’s long…. very, very long.

Once it’s finished I’ll upload more pictures and link to the pattern. You’re going to want to make one for yourself! I want to make more!

 

I’m so excited to give this to you, Tyler Boo! I hope you love it.
With multicolored love,
Tia

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