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Variegated Yarn Knitting Patterns

by | Mar 26, 2016 | Featured, Multi-Colored Yarn, Yarn Specific

Knitting patterns for multi-color, variegated, ombre, and self-striping yarn. Most patterns are free.

Knitting patterns for multi-color, variegated, ombre, and self-striping yarn. Most patterns are free.

To get the knitting patterns scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to the pattern.

Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Berries Blast Beanie

Berries Blast Beanie

Cathy Payson designed this stylish beanie with cable band for Red Heart Yarn. Stitches are picked up from the band to knit the garter stitch body. Red Heart sent me a free sample of the bulky Medley yarn used for this hat. Although I haven’t had a chance to knit with it yet, it’s very soft and the colors are striking.

Free knitting pattern for Cowl Neck Slouchy Sweater

Cowl Neck Slouchy Sweater

I love cowl necks! Cathy Payson’s sweater knits up quickly in broken rib pattern with Red Heart’s bulky Medley yarn. Stitches are picked up from the neckline to knit the cowl. Red Heart sent me a free sample of the bulky Medley yarn used for this hat. Although I haven’t had a chance to knit with it yet, it’s very soft and the colors are striking.

Free knitting pattern for Flutterwheel Poncho

Flutterwheel Poncho

Berroco designed this split cowl neck poncho that is knit in two pieces.

Free knitting pattern for Slip Stitch Beret

Slip Stitch Beret

Easier than it looks! Lisa Gentry designed this easy beret for Caron. Mixing multi-color yarn and solid color yarn with an easy slipped stitch colorwork pattern gives a look like complicated stranded colorwork. Three sizes.

Free knitting pattern for WesterWaldWaves lace scarf

WesterWaldWaves Scarf

kaeidschie’s lace scarf combines two feather and fan lace patterns to showcase the colors of variegated yarn.

Free knitting pattern for Rivera Shawl with Brioche Border

La Riviera Shawl with Brioche Border

This design by Elaine Phillips uses a solid color brioche stitch to set off the gradient colors of the yarn.

Free knitting pattern for baby pinafore jumper

Pinafore Jumper

This baby jumper features a pretty eyelet lace hem and button straps. Sized for 6, 12, 18 months. Recommended yarn available on pattern page.

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Free knitting pattern for Swirled Ski Cap

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Swirled Ski Hat

Designed by Caps for Kids, this cap comes in 2 sizes. Knit flat from side to side, increases on one side and decreases on the other turn vertical stripes into swirls when the cap is seamed.

Free knitting pattern for Sugar Stick Infinity Scarf

Sugar Stick Infinity Scarf

Kristine Byrnes designed this scarf with a modified sugar stick rib that is easy to memorize and showcases that special hand-painted yarn.

Free knitting pattern for Basketweave Lace Shawlette

Basketweave Lace Shawlette

Riin Gill designed this pattern that’s easy to memorize and knit while watching TV. Full size shawl version also available. One skein of the recommended yarn is enough for the shawlette. Two skeins for the shawl.

Free knitting pattern for Chrysantheme Shawl

Chrysantheme Shawl

Sabine Naumann designed this double knit shawl with floral pattern.

Free knitting pattern for Be Kind Hat

Be Kind Hat

Multi-color yarn adds interest to this easy gender neutral 3 by 2 ribbed beanie designed by Melissa Simpson. You might want to try a tubular cast on to keep the bottom stretchy.

Free knitting pattern for Favorite Scarf Ever

Favorite Scarf Ever

Lisa Bruce designed this chevron lace specifically to show off variegated yarn.

Free knitting pattern for Honey Cowl


Honey Cowl

Antonia Shankland designed this slip stitch cowl that looks beautiful in this multi-color yarn project by knittedblissJC

Free knitting pattern for Stripes and Short Rows Scarf

Stripes and Short Rows Scarf

Colorful boomerang shaped scarf made by using variegated yarn and short row shaping.

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free knitting pattern for cordillera scarf

Cordillera Scarf

Knitting and So On created this scarf that is knit completely in garter stitch with an intarsia zigzag pattern.

Knitting pattern for Autumn Throw

Autumn Leaves or Tulip Lace Throw

Use fall colors to create a blanket of autumn leaves, pastel colors for a field of tulips, or greens for summer foliage. Comes in two sizes 40″ x 50″ or 48″ x 60″.

Free knitting pattern for Metalouse Shawl by Stephen West

Metalouse Shawl

This free pattern is designed by the amazing Stephen West for It is knit top down in corrugated rib and slip stitch colorwork.

Free knitting pattern for Chickadee Cowl

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Chickadee Cowl

Linen stitch gives this design by Kristen Kapur a woven fabric look.

Free knitting pattern for Dentado Scarf

Dentado Scarf

Lisa R. Myers designed this sophisticated scarf with two ombre yarns in a chevron lace pattern.

Free knitting pattern for Scalloped Fingerless Gloves

Scalloped Fingerless Gloves

These lace wristwarmers are knit flat and seamed. Though I’m not fond of the sample colorway, I think this would look great in ombre yarn.

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Free knitting pattern for Esquina Cowl

Esquina Cowl

Lisa R. Myers designed this mitered cowl to avoid striping or pooling of multiculor yarn. Features eyelet lace for interest. Made for multi-colored yarn!

Free knitting pattern for Eyelet Textured Baby Throw

Textured Baby Throw

The combination of eyelet lace and ombre or self-striping yarn brighten this baby blanket by Plymouth Yarn.

Free knitting pattern for Vertigo Hat


Vertigo Hat

Kerstin Michler designed this garter stitch multi-directional beanie that showcases variegated or self-striping yarn.

Free knitting pattern for Exploring Stripes Bag

Exploring Stripes Bag

Holly Webb designed this multi-color beaded bag that is 14.5″ around and 7.25″ tall

Free knitting pattern for Lace Edge Garter Stitch Shawl

Lace Edge Garter Stitch Shawl

Michael Del Vecchio designed this easy shawl for Universal Yarns that has a garter stitch body and a lace edging that is knit on.

Free knitting pattern for Brioche Cowl

Brioche in Montreaux

This reversible cowl by Knitting And So is knit with three cabling strands.

Free knitting pattern for Thinking of You Shrug by Drops Design

Thinking of You Bolero

Knit a rectangle in Indian Cross Stitch and seam to get this stunning shrug by DROPS Design. Size: S – M/L – XL – XXL – XXXL

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Bias Stripe Afghan

Bias Stripe Afghan

This stunning throw is knit in strips with contrasting diagonal stripes and multi-color yarn and then seamed. Designed by Karen King Garlinghouse for Noro. One of the 35 patterns in Noro Knitting Magazine, Fall/Winter 2013, Issue 3

Knitting Pattern for Quick Sibilla Cardigan

Sibilla Cardigan

Flattering cropped cardigan with short sleeves made with a simple, modular construction. Quick knit in super bulky yarn. Great with multi-color yarn! XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL). Designed by Amy Christoffers

Knitting pattern for Rhythm Kimono cardigan

Rhythm Kimono

Self-striping yarn adds style to this kimono style cardigan. Finished bust is 40 1/2 (44)”.

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Knitting pattern for Al Mare Oversized Pullover Sweater

Al Mare Pullover Sweater

Cristina T. Ghirlanda’s oversized pullover sweater features an asymmetric hemline and a lovely drape. XS (S, M, L, 1X)

Knitting pattern for Mitered Obsession Cowl

Mitered Obsession

A combination of mitered squares and ombre yarn make a stunning cowl.

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Knitting pattern for Costanza Cardigan

Costanza Cardigan

Cristina T. Ghirlanda’s fitted cardigan features lace sleeves and shoulders and is knit in pieces. XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X)

Knitting pattern for Lace on the Edge Hat

Lace on the Edge Hat

The unique lace brim of this hat sets off the self-striping colors. Sizes Adult S/M (L/XL)

Knitting Pepperelle Cardigan

Pepperelle Cardigan

Stripes of hand-painted multi-color yarn brighten Helene Rush’s striped cardigan with peplum. 35(39,43,48,52)”

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Knitting pattern for Colored Diamond Cowl

Colored Diamond Cowl

Audrey Kerchner’s cowl is an easy color change pattern. NO stranding or fair isle color working required.

Knitting pattern for Bella Vita Cardigan

Bella Vita Cardigan

An asymmetric hem adds edge to Cristina T. Ghirlanda’s lightweight oversized cardigan that is worked in one piece from the bottom up.

Free knitting pattern for Spiral Shell

Spiral Shell

Multi-color yarn gives this knitted shell a natural look. It is knitted flat and shaped with short rows that makes the knitting fall into a natural spiral.

Terry Matz

meTerry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!

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