Gradient Yarn: Inara & Migee
In today’s picture-heavy Monday Gradients post we wanted to feature one designer because she works so frequently in gradient yarns. Ambah O’Brien is the designer behind popular works such as Migee, Inara, Sea Dragon and very recently from the Chroma Collection, Myndie. All of these designs are suitable for our Pebble Sock and Lilt Sock Gradient yarns, so let’s get started with the two we’ve knit up.
Smoke Migee photos courtesy Ambah O'Brien
Migee is essentially a very long scarf with an eyelet border. The pattern calls for one gradient and one contrast skein and was originally designed with our Pebble Sock. Our sample shown below was knit with Daffodil Pebble Sock & the natural we had left from designing Rainfall.
If you’re planning to knit this one, we recommend two things: read the whole pattern and plot your color changes before you begin, and use a removable stitch marker on the right side of the work so that you always know when and where to do your increases and decreases. We chose to always change colors at the end of a garter ridge so that the right side of our scarf had garter ridges that were only one gradient shade.
The second design of Ambah's we (I mean, TheBon) knit, Inara, is a wrap that calls for two gradient yarns, and the beauty of this design is that it is meant to allow for gradients from various dyers. Obviously, we prefer our own yarns (can you name another company with as wide a color selection?) but we really like when designers allow knitters as much flexibility as possible in their designs.
Since all our gradients are 5 shades, you should look for the instructions in the pattern that call for a 5 skein gradient. Shown here in Bark and Bubblegum Pebble Sock Gradients, our Inara shows how a neutral gradient can really showcase another, brighter gradient color.
Just a note for those of you (like us) that are a bit OCD: the lace arrows don’t stack up across the pattern repeats, so do not frog anything unless you’ve read the pattern very thoroughly.
You can find more posts like this one if you read back through our Gradient Yarn Ideas series. Come back next Monday for another suggestion. Have a great week!