Gradient Yarn: Fiar
Fiar, a cowl designed by Carrie of Irish Girlie Knits, is the first of what we hope is many patterns we'll be able to share with you to give you ideas for what to knit with Black Trillium Fibres gradient yarn. Originally this pattern was designed to stripe rather than gradate, so our fabulous test knitter Bonnie agreed to work through the pattern and keep notes on how to make the best use of the kit. You can see her test knit here.
Before we give you our notes for Fiar, we should show you the inspiration behind our desire to convert this lovely cowl to use our gradients for one of our first knit-alongs. Sonia of Stash in Corvallis, and Erin of the DoubleKnit Podcast knit their own cowls from yarn purchased from us at the first Vogue Knitting Live Seattle, and after seeing theirs on social media I decided this cowl was an "I-need-it" knit.
So here's what we did to make Fiar using either Pebble Sock or Lilt Sock Gradients (keep in mind these are the notes we used when we started the KAL, and that you will need to have purchased Carrie's pattern in order for this to make sense):
From the KAL: We need to make some slight modifications to the pattern to accommodate the Gradient kits. Please read through the whole Fiar pattern first, then the following will make more sense:
Four important notes:
- You will not need to follow the 5- and 3-color sequences.
- You will be knitting 5 repeats of the Fiar pattern, not 4.
- Work from lightest to darkest across the skeins, lightest being #1 and darkest being #5.
- If you wish to see my excellent test knitter’s notes and how we came to our numbers, please see the following link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/TheBon/fiar
Now, choose your size & cast on.
- For the shorter size: begin with the lightest color and knit rounds 1-18 of the Fiar Pattern, then knit rounds 1 & 2 again. For colors 2 through 4, attach yarn, knit rounds 3-18 then rounds 1 & 2. For the fifth skein, knit rounds 3-18, then 1-4. Bind off and block, pinning the points.
- For the longer size: begin with the lightest color and knit rounds 1-16 of the Fiar Pattern, then knit rounds 1 & 2 again. For colors 2 through 4, attach yarn, knit rounds 3-16 then rounds 1 & 2. For the fifth skein, knit rounds 3-16, then 1-4. Bind off and block, pinning the points.
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We'd like to add one caveat to the above: if you are using a Lilt Sock Gradient yarn kit, you can work rows 1-18 for the longer size because Lilt has slightly more yardage than Pebble Sock.
Since our KAL, there have been many wonderful projects added to Ravelry using our yarn. We've highlighted a few, but you can see them all here.
We hope you've enjoyed the first of our Monday Gradient Yarn Ideas series!