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Colour Play – The Magic of Amitola

March 06, 2015


This yarn is really special, each ball of Amitola creates a beautiful ombre colour effect as you knit. Whether you choose one of the bold colourways or opt for something more muted you are guaranteed to create a project that turns heads.
A luxurious blend of wool and silk, this fine yarn knits to a double knit gauge and creates a stunning airy fabric, with beautiful drape. Each 50g skein contains a generous 250m and Tangled Yarn stocks sixteen glorious colourways. The pattern choices for this yarn are plentiful and when combined with other yarns the effects that can be achieved are spectacular.


Looking for some inspiration? Here is a selection of jaw dropping designs and projects created by knitters from around the world.


The fibre content and colours available make this yarn perfect for accessories. Smaller items are also great for using brighter colours that we might not usually opt for when knitting larger garments. Here is a selection of my favourite projects and designs (it is a long list, there were so many amazing designs and projects to choose from).


Fancy something bold? This cowl, Inspira by Graphica is a free pattern on Ravelry and can be made using two different colourways of Amitola. The results are simply stunning.


This is the original design version by Graphica


I also love these two created by knitters Debob and Missynel.



Looking for a simple shawl to showcase the colour shifts. Dorothy by Zsuzsa Kiss is worked sideways and maximises the long colour repeats of this beautiful yarn. 



Short rows and clever shaping arrange the colours in a completely different way without loosing the beautiful long colour repeats in this example of the popular Aranami Shawl, by Olga Buraya-Kefelian, knitted by Sandeelee. 

 Combining Amitola with a solid coloured yarn can yield some exception results and many shawl designs available lend themselves to this way of working with long colour repeat yarns.
I love this version of the very popular Daybreak by Stephen West, knitted by PinkFrogs. The black contrast really sets of the colours making a bold statement shawl. This shawl would also be really pretty in one of the more muted colourways teamed with a cream, natural or pale grey. 


The bright yarns really combine well with the dark contrast and the unusual construction of this shawl creates a particularly interesting effect. Mawie created this stunning shawl using the Universal Kite Shawldesign by Tanja Fleischer. 


Another perfect shawl for this yarn is Dreambird by Nadita Swings. The ‘feathers’ look incredible in Amitola as demonstrated by these wonderful projects by Ravelries Catnach, Wollrest, Hotshoes, Knitz and Okiesarah.  

Catnach's Dreambird   




If you are a fan of garter stitch, clever construction and clearly written patterns Martina Behm should definitely be on your radar, if she isn’t already. This very popular designer has the perfect project for a skein of Amitola too, Leftie. A clever shawl that is easy and fun to knit. 
These knitters used different yarns to create their shawls but I loved the examples and thought they really show how great this shawl would look with Amitola.



Sometimes a knitter takes a design and with a simple twist creates something magical. This version of Spectra, a Stephen West pattern, created by Georgk2872 is a striking take on the original. By reversing the main colour and the contrast colour he has created a different look, and I love it. It really works with the long colour repeats of Amitola.


Looking for some added warmth? This double layer cowl makes excellent use of the long colour repeats and its flower motifs really compliment many of the pretty colourways available in this yarn. 

I love this version of the Britta Cowl, a pattern by JohanneLandin, knitted by AMVS.



This fabulous little number is one of my favourites in the neckwear department. Foolproof is a clever garter cowl designed by Louise Zass-Bangham and knitted by Knittywench in two balls of Amitola. I love how the shades work so beautifully together.



Finally on the accessories front a designer who really has nailed it when it comes to variegated and long colour repeat yarns. Susan Ashcroft’s designs are simple to knit, the patterns are beautifully written and the end results are spectacular.
Radient Gradient, New Caesar, Paintbox Cowl and Brain Freize would all make excellent projects for this stunning yarn.

Radient Gradient New Caesar

Paintboxes Cowl Brain Freize 


This example of Brain Freize by Fruitbat is particularly lovely too. 


You would be forgiven for thinking that this yarn is only suitable for accessories given the long list of gorgeous projects I have just given you to choose from. I do think that sometimes a yarn like this lends itself more to smaller items as the colour is easier to manage but it really works beautifully for garments too. Although it is listed as a DK, the light and airy fabric created means it can be substituted for some lighter weight patterns too. Always remember to swatch! If you want some hints and tips on substituting yarn check out this blog post I wrote for Rachel last week.

This example of the Arc en Ciel sweater, knitted by Adoralenore, shows how wonderful the long colour repeats of this yarn are when worked in a garment. 



If all over colour is too much for your tastes, why not consider using a skein of Amitola for some stripes in designs like Stripes Gone Crazyby Atelier Alfa or the Funky Grandpaby La MaisonRililie.

Stripes Gone Crazy 

Stripes Gone Crazyby Atelier Alfa

Funky Grandpa

 Funky Grandpa by La MaisonRililie

Feeling very adventurous, you could modify a pattern like NatalieSt did to really showcase Amitola. I just could not resist sharing this one.


Last but certainly not least is a Tunisian Crochet design that I had to include because it is both a stunning use of this magical yarn and something a little different. Color Therapyby Elena Fedotovais a splendid design and the pattern is suitable for beginners too, with lots of extra instructions.I’m very tempted to give it a try – and luckily Rachel even stocks Tunisian Crochet Hooks in the shop. Go on, give it a whirl, you know you want to! 

A huge thank you to all the knitters and designers whom have kindly given us permission to use their images.  

About the Author 

Clare Devine is a writer and designer. Originally from South Africa she has nomadic tendencies and is currently knitting her way around the UK. She is passionate about all things fibre related (especially if it’s grey), knitting, travel and sunshine in equal measures.

She regularly blogs at www.yarnandpointysticks.com. You can find her on Ravelry as Knitsforklipskaap, Twitter as @_ClareDevine and Instagram as @Clare.Devine.


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