So, you know how I sometimes say something like ‘oh, this pattern has a lot of reverse stockinette, you’ll probably want to pick a somewhat more subdued yarn than you might expect.’ I know I’ve mentioned it for Cataphyll and Enchase. Well it occurred to me that the hat I’m working on now is a perfect demonstration of what the heck I mean by that.
So here’s the outside of the hat, the stockinette side.
And here’s the inside of it, the reverse stockinette side.
See how on the front, when you get to the rainbow bits, they’re one row high? But on the back, that same stretch of rainbow bits is broken up into two rows? That’s totally normal and just how knit stitches work.
But it does often mean that yarn that looks only slightly variegated in a solid stretch of stockinette looks ever so much more exuberant if you flip it over. The stretches of color that were confined to a single row on the front are split over two on the back side, so you get more interaction between the different colors.
All of which is a very long way of saying that if you’ve got lots of reverse stockinette, you may want a slightly more mellow yarn (or at least to be ready for a bit more interplay between the colors) than if it were plain stockinette.