There’s a way to make variegated yarn look like there is more going on just by making the sections of color line up and then by shifting them slightly. Yarn wound on a warping board in the usual fashion makes the colors fall in random order. But if the same yarn is wound in a circle, you can manipulate those colors to fall together.
I like to use the Fibonacci number sequence whenever I set up stripes in a project. So these stripes are 2, 21 or 34 threads wide.
In order to give a little more movement and interest to the piece, the multi-colored stripes are shifted by 5 inches. The weft is two different yarns. One is a rayon chenille and the other a 5/2 perle cotton of the same color. The yarns alternate in plain weave using two shuttles. These two yarns together give the shawl a “hand” that is soft and luxurious (the feel of rayon chenille) and still lets the colors of the warp show through.
The end result is a shawl with a lot of movement in the color. Nothing boring here.