Weaving on my plain weave shawl got me to thinking about weaving with space dyed yarns again. The shawl's slubby yarn created a lovely visual pattern that I thought would be even lovelier in color.
In the past, I've experimented with space dyed yarns as either warp or weft. As warp, I tried to create an ikat-like effect by grouping sections of like colors together (click here for how I did that) . As weft, space dyed yarns seem to end up being more random looking. (Example here). This time, I'm using the space dyed yarn in both warp and weft, alternating it with sections of fuchsia and brown.
I liked the striped effect, but the most fun is the interaction of the space dyed yarns. I'm getting
and other interesting patterns.
I'm using commercial worsted weight acrylic knitting yarns sett at 8 epi. They are inexpensive, fun to experiment with, and make good gifts for folks who want something they can toss into the washer and dryer.
This is fairly good size, 45 inches wide on the loom. I plan to make it a little longer than square, and will probably finish it off with a crochet edging.
Posted 28 Sept. 2008 at http://leighsfiberjournal.blogspot.com
Plain Weave Shawl
Space Dyed Blankie Done