A few weeks ago I wrote a post about hand-dyed yarns, it is now time to see what exactly you can use them for.
What is a semisolid?
It is almost impossible to produce a completely solid colour at home, but this is not a problem: semisolids are made with a single colour too, but the pigments do not dye the yarn evenly and it has slightly darker and lighter parts. The shade difference is very small. Sometimes the base colour is overdyed with a very similar colour. Semisolids are the best choice for textured patterns: they are not too colourful to overpower the pattern yet produce a much nicer result than solid yarns (the standard, commercial ones).
Semisolids look great with the plain stockinette pattern as they add interest – I used these in my Hug of the Ocean shawl.
Next time we will take a closer look at variegated yarns.