Abingdon with Gradients
According to my Ravelry page, I've been working on my second Abingdon since January of this year. Somewhere around the beginning of March, I started wondering what was taking me so long, considering my first one took about two weeks. I measured how much yarn I was using so I could get the final lace repeats just right, and it wasn't as if each row was using more than a couple grams even toward the end. There wasn't a logical indication that I could discern that said my shawl was abnormally large.
I wet blocked it over a weekend, using my blocking wires for the first time so I could really get the lace and edging opened up. It was a bit large even for the diagonal on my king-sized bed, so I'm estimating the wingspan is at least 80 inches.
Yarn: 1 each Quartz and Amethyst Pebble Sock Gradient
Needles: US 4
Notes: The pattern calls for DK weight yarn and appropriately sized needles, so obviously I didn't follow that portion of the instructions. Instead, I chose a needle appropriate to the yarn's suggested gauge and cast on with the two lightest shades. I knit until the was about 6 grams left of the two alternating yarns before switching shades on the right side of the project. I continued that way through the second-to-darkest shade, making sure to measure at the end of the ball (with my awesome new pocket scale that I'm overly enthusiastic about) how many grams per shade per garter ridge was being used. For the lace edging, I did one garter ridge of each color in between the actual lace, and alternated colors from one lace repeat to the next.
I could happily make a solid version of this with just one gradient - maybe Undine? - or one gradient plus one solid skein in Natural for the lace and bind off. I'm partial to garter stitch, which makes excellent car knitting. Regardless, this will not be the last Through the Loops pattern that I knit.