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24 Apr '17

Gradient Yarn: Fragmentation Hat

photos courtesy Pom Pom Quarterly

Welcome to another installment of our Monday Gradient Yarn Ideas posts!  We've been away for a while, so we'll have lots of new things to share with you over the next few weeks.  This week, we'd like to start with Fragmentation by Kiyomi Burgin.  This hat pattern was originally published in the Winter 2016 (#19) issue of PomPom Quarterly and is also available digitally on Ravelry.

When you're getting ready to knit this pattern, be sure to read all the way through the color notes and yardage recommendations.  This is a somewhat spicy pattern, as it requires a tubular cast-on, colorwork carrying up to 3 colors at once, and the largest size has specific thoughts on how to work the pattern with either one or two gradient yarn kits.

 

The designer's original is seen here in a Fern Pebble Sock Gradient Yarn kit.  Our Lilt Gradients would have suitable yardage for the hat as well, and if you're lucky enough to have gotten your hands on some of our past 5-color Limited Edition Gradients in any of our fingering weight bases (Prime, Pebble Sock, Lilt Sock) then you might try your hand at arranging a color progression of your own for the project.

With a deep folded brim and sharp geometric patterning, this hat pattern is clearly on trend (think air plants and faceted bud vases).  It's also a great way to learn or sharpen more advanced skills on a smaller project.  While you're looking through the magazine, check out Bristol Ivy's essay on the beauty of asymmetry called Through a Cracked Mirror - it's a worthwhile read.

Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see your gradient projects, including Fragmentation, on social media!  You can find us on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Ravelry, and we often use the hashtag #blacktrilliumfibres on various platforms.  We'll see you soon with another post!

16 Feb '17

February Limited Edition Descrioptions

Posted by Melanie Dilworth in limited edition

Agapanthus: this orchid pink to deep royal blue spectrum gradient kit is on Prime, and you get 8 - 33g skeins of our ultra luxurious SW Merino and silk fingering weight single.  This yarn has 425 yards per 100 grams with a suggested gauge of 28 to 32 sts per four inches on US 0 to 2 needle.  Each color is approximately 145 yards, and total kit size is 264 grams and 1160 yards. 

All My Heart: This six-skein collection features Baroness, Portland Rose, Peach Blossom, Heather, Candy Baby & African Violet. This kit is our Pebble Sock base yarn, which means you get 6 - 33g skeins of our bouncy 2 ply SW Merino fingering weight.  This yarn has 380 yards per 100 grams with a suggested gauge of 28 to 32 sts per four inches on US 0 to 2 needle.  Each color is 126 yards, and total kit size is 198 grams and 756 yards.

Hibiscus: this coral to raspberry spectrum gradient kit is on Prime, and you get 8 - 33g skeins of our ultra luxurious SW Merino and silk fingering weight single.  This yarn has 425 yards per 100 grams with a suggested gauge of 28 to 32 sts per four inches on US 0 to 2 needle.  Each color is approximately 145 yards, and total kit size is 264 grams and 1160 yards. 

Modern Love: inspired by modern fashion and the neon 80's, we put together Bright Rose, 14 Karat, Bright Lime, Kells & Snapdragon. This kit is on Prime, which means you get 5 - 33g skeins of our ultra luxurious SW Merino and silk fingering weight single.  This yarn has 425 yards per 100 grams with a suggested gauge of 28 to 32 sts per four inches on US 0 to 2 needle.  Each color is approximately 145 yards, and total kit size is 165 grams and 725 yards. 

Singin' The Blues: This six-skein collection features Cobalt, Wonderland, Indigo, Poseidon, Marcia & Siren's Song. This kit is our Pebble Sock base yarn, which means you get 6 - 33g skeins of our bouncy 2 ply SW Merino fingering weight.  This yarn has 380 yards per 100 grams with a suggested gauge of 28 to 32 sts per four inches on US 0 to 2 needle.  Each color is 126 yards, and total kit size is 198 grams and 756 yards.

19 Jan '17

January Limited Edition Descriptions

Posted by Melanie Dilworth

Dark Matter: This six-skein collection features some of our favorite super-dark regular colors. Cypress, Loggerhead, Zaffre, Moonshadow, Purple Reign and Toad Lily make up a fabulous "dark rainbow" that will be great together, or as small accents in other pieces. This kit is our Lilt Sock base yarn, which means you get 6 - 33g skeins of our ultra luxurious 5 ply SW Merino and Mulberry silk fingering weight.  This yarn has 405 yards per 100 grams with a suggested gauge of 28 to 32 sts per four inches on US 0 to 2 needle.  Each color is 135 yards, and total kit size is 198 grams and 810 yards.

Dreamscape: This eight-skein collection is inspired by one of my favorite regular colors, Dream.  This gradient runs from emerald through teal, royal blue and ends in violet. This kit is our Lilt Sock base yarn, which means you get 8 - 33g skeins of our ultra luxurious 5 ply SW Merino and Mulberry silk fingering weight.  This yarn has 405 yards per 100 grams with a suggested gauge of 28 to 32 sts per four inches on US 0 to 2 needle.  Each color is 135 yards, and total kit size is 264 grams and 1080 yards.

First Light: A ten skein (33g each) Spectrum Gradient that begins in bright yellow, pales and turns pink, then lavender, and ends with a deepening cobalt blue. This kit is our Lilt Sock base yarn, which means you get 10 - 33g skeins of our ultra luxurious 5 ply SW Merino and Mulberry silk fingering weight.  This yarn has 405 yards per 100 grams with a suggested gauge of 28 to 32 sts per four inches on US 0 to 2 needle.  Each color is 135 yards, and total kit size is 330 grams and 1350 yards.

Yozakura: Inspired by Cherry Blossom Festival parties (Hanami) held at night, we put together Robin's Egg, Cherry Blossom Rain, Neon Fuchsia, and Peach Blossom with a one-of-a-kind pale aqua. This kit is on Prime, which means you get 5 - 33g skeins of our ultra luxurious SW Merino and silk fingering weight single.  This yarn has 425 yards per 100 grams with a suggested gauge of 28 to 32 sts per four inches on US 0 to 2 needle.  Each color is approximately 145 yards, and total kit size is 165 grams and 725 yards. 

02 Jan '17

Gradient Yarn: Sunday's Well Hat

Welcome to our first post of 2017!

There are many wonderful gradient yarn pattern ideas in Carol Feller's book, Knitting With Rainbows.  We don't have a lot of hats knit with our gradient yarns, so thought it would be fun to knit Sunday's Well for our Monday Gradient Yarn Ideas series.  I chose to knit with a Pebble Sock Gradient Yarn kit in Sheaf.  You could easily knit this pattern using a Lilt Sock Gradient Yarn kit as well, and I would recommend using a more concentrated color than I chose to show of the lovely bias patterning.

When I set out colors for this hat, I decided to go from light to dark though the pattern called for the opposite.  I did my pom pom on the large size (the green one) Clover pom pom maker and used the last of my gradient yarn.  I would probably have done the medium or small size of pom pom, given how heavy the large one turns out to be.

Here's a quick up-close of the second, third and fourth colors of Sheaf.  I love the way the way this yarn makes patterning pop because it is a tight but rounded two-ply.

Thanks for reading along with us on another Gradient Yarn idea! Have a great week and here's to hoping 2017 does more good than 2016 did!

26 Dec '16

Gradient Yarn: Pretty Maids Gauntlets

all photos courtesy Fiona Ellis
This week's Gradient Yarn Idea comes to us from Fiona Ellis and her design for our exclusive knit-along in that ran from April to June of 2016.  Pretty Maids are gauntlets, rather than mitts, which means they lack a thumb tube.  This means you are simply knitting in the round the entire way through.  Shown here in Trifle, this pattern is great for using one Pebble Sock gradient yarn kit.
One of the features I love most about this pattern is the way Fiona orchestrates the transitions.  For each section you are using 2 gradient yarn shades, making the movement of color more seamless to the eye.  At the same time, the designer put together some lovely (if a little complicated) lace patterns.  The end result is a stunning pair of gorgeous near-mitts that are great dressed up or down.
Thanks so much for checking out another Monday Gradient Yarn Ideas post!  Have a great week!

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