I first saw this gorgeous shawl when Sigrid was knitting it last summer. Worked in two colors of fingering weight yarn, it combines lace panels and reverse stockinette, it's a perfect way to highlight self-striping yarn. My pick for Nymphalidea is Rainbow Beach, a lovely offering from Queensland.
Rainbow Beach is subtly self striping and gently marled. Marled yarns are formed by twisting together plies, or strands, of different colors. The result is a single strand of yarn with several colors winding around each another. If the different strands are close in color, the effect is subtle and blended. Plies of very different color or value give the the yarn a more high-contrast effect. Can you see the effect of the marled yarn in the lace sections below?
Since this yarn is self striping, it has both subtle and high contrast sections. It's an attractive and energetic yarn that works beautifully in this project.
You can pair two colors of Rainbow Beach, or you can pair it with a self striping sock yarn like Noro Silk Garden Sock, which has a more defined color shift. Either way, Nyphalidea is a great project that works up quickly and will be a go-to accessory in your wardrobe.
We've pulled together some combinations really attractive combinations. Come by the shop and pick your favorite for First Friday.