Table of contents:
- Melange yarn
- Melange DIY
- Modern technologies
- Knitting Patterns
- Crochet patterns
- Gradient: thread melange technique
Creative imagination is limitless, craftswomen are always looking for new ideas and materials. Melange yarn provides the greatest scope for fantasy and experimentation. Using ready-made melange or creating your own, you can get an unpredictable effect. What impression will the finished item make? You can get an intriguing transition of shades, a tweed effect or a motley hodgepodge, similar to socks knitted from the remnants. In order not to waste time and energy, you need to learn some of the subtleties of creating and using melange.
The French word "melange" refers to any mixture. In terminology, this concept is used everywhere: from cooking to geology. With regard to yarn, it means mixing several colors in one thread. In industrial melange, mixing occurs at the level of the fibers. It does not matter what material the thread is spun from. Melange are synthetic, woolen and cotton yarns. Colors are combined different: contrasting and shades of the same tone. But not moretwo or three in one thread.
Melange is used by all needlewomen. Beginners can successfully hide errors in the quality of knitting against a colorful background. Experienced craftswomen use the effect of this yarn to visually adjust the silhouette. A motley thing visually reduces the volume, and an insert from such yarn, on the contrary, increases it. For example, a coquette made of bright melange always looks good.
The use of mixed color threads for children's clothing is very popular. It turns out funny and original things.
Adult accessories are always good too. Knitted from melange yarn, a hat, mittens and a scarf will decorate any look. The work does not require complex patterns and accessories. It is enough to choose the main tone that suits the face, and two or three additional ones to dilute the plain canvas. Below you can see a hat knitted with gray melange English ribbing.
Slight turn-up and decrease in six segments. No frills. The color palette of the yarn gives a stylish look to a simple piece.
At home, you can twist several threads of different colors or just knit from two or three balls at the same time. Threads are mixed in texture, composition and quality. A simple addition of lurex to the main yarn is melange. Often, needlewomen use leftovers from different balls to get a colorful mixture. It is important to choose such components so that the knitted fabric is smooth and soft enough. Overall effectfrom a melange thing should be harmonious. It is easier to mix shades of the same color. Flashy contrasts can spoil the impression. If dark and light tones are combined, they should not be repainted when washing the product. Knitting a sample and its subsequent washing will help to avoid unpleasant surprises. Factory melange yarn will save the needlewoman from unnecessary trouble.
Interesting novelty - sectional yarn. It is created by dyeing sections of the finished thread in different colors in a certain sequence. The color range in one thread is much larger than in melange. Several basic tones and transitions between them alternate successively. The product is obtained with uniform stripes or spots. To make monochromatic sections more pronounced, you can knit from two balls in turn, using sections of the same color. A knitted fabric made from such threads can be called melange, but yarn, in the strict sense of the word, is not. However, in many sources and master classes, both types of yarn are usually confused, combining them into the general concept of colorful yarn.
Working with a sectional is interesting and not easy. Knitting from melange yarn of the classic type is much easier. Sometimes the combined use of both types gives an interesting result. Using sectionally dyed threads, even a beginner can create a piece with an intricate jacquard effect. Diagonal knitting from the corner of the fabric is a very popular technique - it is best obtained from sectional yarn. Its use in the patchwork technique is successful. Fantasy stripes giveproducts with a special color. When knitting things with symmetrical details (sleeves, shelves, and so on), you need to be especially careful. Each detail should be knitted so that the stripes and spots are also symmetrical. With all the diversity of the product, the violation of symmetry will give it an untidy look. Usually, each large detail is knitted from a new ball.
Yarn with mixed colors is quite decorative in itself. The pattern for knitting with melange yarn should be chosen very carefully. Complex openwork and arana can be lost on a colorful canvas. It is easiest to make the product with the front or wrong side, a simple or English elastic band. This option is suitable even for beginners. Patterns with dropped loops will look good.
Another openwork pattern with bias knitting elements creates an impressive effect.
Always a different effect is obtained when working with the same yarn with knitting needles and crochet. For crocheting, a thread is used that is more elastic, stronger twisted. The crochet technique itself gives a denser fabric than knitting. If you know this nuance and use the melange of natural shades of undyed yarn, you can get the effect of tweed.
It is good to crochet a “fluffy column” with melange yarn. Even contrasting colors will look good in this knit.
Gradient: thread melange technique
Gradient toknitting is called a smooth transition from one color to another. Colors can be brightly contrasting or similar shades. The task of the knitter is to make several transitions between them so that a clear boundary is blurred. Blurring of color occurs in several stages. The stronger the contrast, the more stripes (mixing steps) will have to be knitted.
Knitting begins with a thin thread of the same color in several additions (up to five or six). After a certain number of rows, one thread is torn off and replaced with a contrasting one. A new color is mixed into a monochromatic canvas. Further, at regular intervals, the original thread is replaced one by one with a new one. The reception is repeated until the canvas becomes monophonic, but of a different color.
With today's we alth of yarn choices, you can make your work easier by choosing the right two colors and a few transitional melange grades.
When using melange yarn, the most attention should be paid to the preparation stage. For the result to please, the craftswoman will have to knit more than one pattern and think through many little things.