You might ask yourself: "what is a variegated square?" A variegated square is a square made from variegated yarn and Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, has the following explanation:

"Variegated yarn is yarn dyed with more than one colour. It can produce effects that vary depending on the technique of the crafter, the pattern used or the frequency of colour change. These effects include "flashing" (lightning-bolt effects) and "pooling" (patchy or marbleized effects). Some yarns (known as self-striping yarns) are designed to produce stripes when used to knit small items such as socks or mittens."


It is also known as a term that can describe several different types of color variations in yarn:

  • Ombre yarn
  • Space-dyed yarn
  • Dip-dyed yarn
  • Kettle-dyed yarn
  • Self-striping yarn
  • Striated yarn
  • Heathered yarn
  • Tweed yarn


I am fascinated by how many differenct coloured squares you can make from one ball of yarn:


And the colours of yarn available to us KASers today:


If you, like myself, enjoy knitting and crocheting your squares in front of the TV and if you are more of a "Plain Jane" square type of person, then variegated yarn is perfect for you.


Now all you have to do is sit back and relax with our May challenge and let the yarn "do the talking" - enjoy!


Please post photos of your squares here and on the photo page.


A huge Thank You to Mary Kristel Lokken for posting our photos on Flickr - here is the link:


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Thanks for leading this challenge, Gitta! Your squares are gorgeous!!!

Here's my first square...


Here are my first 2 variegated squares

Earthy browns with some pinks mixed in :)


6 stunning and creative variegated squares made by Robin Monsees:


My first batch -

Here is my first batch of Variegated squares for the May Challenge, these are all crocheted, but I am currently working on some knitted ones too.  I have a few of each of these colours.

Purple, pinks and browns :)


What wonderful variegated squares and this is only day 2 of the challenge !!

I've sorted through my stash and found quite a few smaller balls of variegated.  Here's how the first ball crocheted up.

Beautiful variegated hats made by Jenine Nash :)


May '13 Challenge - variegated (& brights)

This yarn is called Escapade "Mystic Tulip" and produced 4 very different squares:

Beautiful cheery variegated squares made by Annette :)

May Squares

Beautiful variegated squares by Mary Anne Fellows :)

May variegated yarn challenge



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