These were all leftovers from previous finishes. I thought I would use them all together in one shawl with a ripple effect style similar to this old gem from my youth:
The pattern I chose is one that I've done several times now. (Ironically, it's called the One Skein Wrap, although this project would be using multiple skeins.) I began crocheting with the first three pink shades, but I decided that there was too much of a jump in hue between the two darker pinks and the light pink.
I went back to look in my leftover yarns, and came up with one more skein in the dark pink/red range, and decided to ditch the pale pink and set aside the teal/aquas for another day.
Then I added in a thick, variegated yarn in the same color family.
The thing I love about this pattern is the stitch called "dc7tog", or "double crochet 7 together". You make 7 double crochet stitches, without pulling the yarn through the last loop, leaving you with a bunch of loops on your hook like this:
Then you pull the yarn through all the loops left on the hook.
Lastly, you gather them all together with a single chain.
The result is a series of gathered shells that create the peak in the ripple pattern:
To make the shawl, I varied the yarns as I went along and this is the way it turned out.
When all was said and done, I still had some yarn leftover, but I had certainly made a dent.
One more photo that shows the color variations. I think they all came together very nicely!