1. Buy a variegated yarn. Yarn that has been made by the company to have many colors on a single strand is very popular. They now make yarns that even have multiple textures/looks on one strand. People use it as an easy way to make a plain pattern look complex.
2. Make separate solid pieces and then sew them together with yarn.
3. Graph-style crochet creates a pattern by picking up one color and dropping the other as you work back and forth, occasionally having to drop one piece of yarn permanently in order to preserve an even texture. Here is an example of Mom’s graph-style handiwork.
Method 3 leaves some loose thread strands and method 4 can leave clothing looking like it is covered in fringe. To have a structural integrity to the item, each of these strands should be carefully knotted and worked back in with a small needle.
Properly done, you should not be able to even find where they once were. However, doing it properly takes a tremendous amount of time and patience.
The reason we will not be making for sales the stretchy medallion-motif top is that it takes too much time to make it right.
At least we did get to see our design and my mother’s amazing handiwork brought to life. And I got to take some pictures to share with you!