And now, for something completely different!
Ordinarily, if I want to produce wonderful effects with color, 99% of the time, I prefer stranded knitting over other methods. It’s a very rare day that I’m working on a monochrome project, such as you’d often find in lace knitting. Yawn! For color interest in lace knitting, I know you can use variegated yarns, but while many of the variegated yarns do provide plenty of color interest, they often do so while diminishing the impact of the lace’s texture. The Svale tank top on the cover of the new Dale of Norway Book 172 shows magnificent blending of colors and the color gradient produced actually highlights the lace’s texture. It’s all done in pretty common lace stitches using only 1 color per row/round – it’s not stranded at all.
I was lucky enough to snare a model of that Svale tank, so I thought I’d share the wealth, above and below. FYI, the tank instructions are in ladies’ XS – XL. A large size takes 6 balls of the main color (buttercup 2005) and 2 balls of each of the following: powder blue 5812, jade 7432 and lime 9425. BTW, Book 172 also has instructions for several other summer tops for all girls from 2 to 102! As always, feel free to write or call with any questions. Happy knitting!