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09 May '16

Gradient Yarn: Abingdon

Abingdon Close-up

Abingdon Lace Edging, shown in darkest shades of Amethyst & Quartz Gradients

We're back again this Monday with another gradient yarn idea!  We'd like to take a look at a Kirsten Kapur pattern that we converted to use two gradient yarns together, so grab a cup of tea and join us for another fun knitting concept.


This week's pattern, Abingdon, is a design that, although it calls for DK weight yarn, was something the designer says she originally conceptualized using a continuous skein gradient.  I've knit Abingdon twice, once in our Sublime DK to get a feel for how the pattern works and a second time using Pebble Sock Gradients in Quartz & Amethyst.  Here are some notes on what I did differently than the pattern calls for:


  • The project was knit on size 4 needles.  If you choose to knit with one or two Lilt Sock Gradients, I'd even go down to a US 3 circular needle.
  • I began with the lightest shade in each gradient, alternating 1 garter ridge of each color, until the individual shades were nearly used up.
  • I knit the main body of the shawl in the first four shades of each gradient.
  • I gave the lace section of the shawl two repeats per gradient color, and only did 1 garter ridge each shade in between.

If you'd like to read my original Abingdon with Gradients post you can get a feel for how long it took me and how large it turned out.

We're glad you've read along with us on another Monday Gradient Yarn Ideas post.  Have a great week!

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