Working with Regenbogen yarn

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You may have seen our beautiful Regenbogen yarn cakes in our store. They are gorgeous hand-wound yarns that are perfect for creating multi-coloured shawls, ponchos and in fact anything where you would like to have a gradual colour change.Rellana Regenbogen yarn is made of four separate parallel strands of yarn. After a certain interval, a new colour is added to the yarn. 

These colours are added gradually by hand to create a beautiful transition. This is achieved by tying a single strand of yarn in the new colour onto one of the four strands of yarn. You will notice a small knot at those change-overs. 

These knots are not faults, they are part of the production process. 

There is no need to cut the yarn at those points! 

The knots are hand-tied into only one of the strands at each point. This will not affect the integrity of the yarn. Work the small knots into the back of your project and they will become virtually invisible. 

A simple shawl pattern with knit and purl stitches or one of our lovely crochet patterns will bring out the beauty of these yarns. 

Or you can head over to Ravelry and pick one of the amazing shawl patterns available there. You will find that the yarn will truly shine when you pick an intricate lace pattern. 

I am currently working on a shawl in Regenbogen Metallic using the amazing "Last Dance" pattern by Boo Knits (Ravelry)

The pattern starts with a garter tab and is worked top down. It includes a series of different lace patterns and suggestions for adding small beads into the knit at set intervals. 

Shawl Knitting with Rellana Regenbogen Metallic, I Wool Knit

I am using Rellana Regenbogen Metallic, which has a metallic or irisé thread running alongside the yarn which adds a glitter effect depending on the light. 

This effect is actually quite subtle and not overwhelming, so you just get that bit of extra interest to the yarn without looking like a glittering circus performer. (The white thread you can see in the picture to the right is my 'lifeline', this is not part of the yarn!) 

I have just passed the first colour transition so I can actually show you how the small knot is virtually invisible in the fabric. In fact, I had to look for quite a while before I could actually find it. 

To give you a better idea of what it looks like, I have added the photos below. As you can see, the pattern itself has what looks like a small 'knot' in the middle of each lace square sequence (which is caused by making three stitches from one (kyok). These are still bulging up a bit as I have not yet finished the work and have not blocked it.  

When you look closely, you can see the subtle colour change in the two smaller images. The larger image is a close-up of the back shows where the first strand of light grey starts - it is below the 'kyok' stitch - which looks more like a knot than the transition knot itself! The tiny knot in the yarn has vanished into the fabric. 

Regenbogen shawl detail, I Wool Knit back of Regenbogen Shawl, detail, I Wool Knit

back of Regenbogen Shawl, detail colour transition, I Wool Knit

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