A change in my original plans resulted in a mirrored striping design for this ripple. Stripe patterns usually repeat continuously from one end of a blanket to the other, while in a mirrored design the pattern repeats until it reaches the center of the blanket, then reverses order and repeats to the end. This creates two ends that match and, at least in the case of this ripple, a barely noticeable difference in the center-most stripe.
Single-row variegated stripes do so much for this ripple! They compete with the wide solid stripes for my attention. My mind tries to see two very different things simultaneously, the bold bands as well as the variegated stripes’ random dots of color. Bold bands and dots of color. Bands, dots. Bands! Dots! Aaaaak!!
It’s also interesting to notice which color within the variegated stands out most, depending on which solid color surrounds it. For instance, the pink really shows up in the wide green stripes.
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In a close-up you’ll notice the pink and blue in the variegated are not quite matched by the solid yarns, but it doesn’t matter. I think that having a little variance between colors just makes a blanket’s design more interesting. Coats & Clark provides a chart, the Multi-Color Coordinate List, that suggests which of their many solid Red Heart yarns coordinate with each of their variegated yarns. Since they say “these are colors that blend, but are not necessarily exact matches.”, I think they agree with me on this point, as well they should! lol.
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