I've made bunches of disastrous crochet projects in the past, and quite a few of them have involved variegated yarns. Each of these problematic projects has contributed to my current understanding of how to to get the best out of variegated yarn colorways.
I sure don't want any of y'all to experience the same variegated-yarn-disappointments if you can avoid it. I remember how bummed out I was over the wasted time, and wasted yarn...and even worse, frustration at what I thought was my own ineptitude at crochet. Ack. I wouldn't wish those heartaches on anyone.
I've just shared 4 of my best secrets for success with variegated yarn, all of which are based on my past trial-and-error experiences. However, I don't claim to know all the secrets, or even most of them. There are probably bunches of great ideas that I haven't discovered yet.
That's where you, dear readers, can help. Many of you are experienced crocheters with valuable insights to share. If you know of any secrets, tips and hints for getting the best out of variegated yarn, I hope you'll share yours too. The floor is open for comments, and I'll look forward to learning whatever it is that y'all have to share. Thanks in advance to everyone who contributes ideas!