Ripple of the Week #34 – French Country

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.

French Country

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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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6 Responses to Ripple of the Week #34 – French Country

  1. Still like it! I could decorate a room around this afghan.

    • Linda says:

      I was about to say you could knit one for yourself, when I remembered… sadly, the variegated yarn has been discontinued.
      The “French Country” that Red Heart lists now is blue, yellow, and white. Mmmmm, that one’s pretty too.

      • Linda says:

        Reply from myknittingcircle, received by email, August 23, 2011 at 10:03:

        “Those colors sound “Italian.”

        My reply:

        “Yes, it reminded me of handpainted Italian dinnerware, like this. (scroll to large photo at top) Mmm, pretty!! But they want to coordinate it with the solid, “Delft Blue”, so I guess we’re in the wrong country! LOL. You can see the yarns here.

  2. Edith says:

    ‘French Country’ is beautiful! Wish I could see it in real life!

  3. Linda says:

    owlkatt commented in Ravelry at 4:21 PM August 23, 2011

    She said: “love it! how clever to put the variegated yarn between the solids – looks great!”

    I replied: “Thank you! Many of my ripple blankets are planned around the colors in a variegated yarn.”

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