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19 Sep '16

Gradient Yarn: New Books!

Gradient yarn has been popular with crafters for a number of years, but in the last few months it also feels like we've hit a happy peak with designers' fabulous new offerings.  Here are just a few of the designers we think you should check out when you're looking for gradient yarn pattern ideas:

Mad Colour by TinCanKnits contains at least 4 patterns - Prism, Undertone, Bounce & Polygon - that I think would be excellent specifically in our Sublime Gradient yarn.  I'm personally casting on Undertone in Lavender Gradient and Dream this week, and I'm planning to use my leftovers to make a matching Rikke hat.  In addition, there are two more patterns in this collection that aren't gauge specific that would work with any of our gradients - Awash & Marley.

Another book we've talked a lot about recently is Knitting with Rainbows by Carol Feller of Stolen Stitches.  Two designs - Anglesea & Fenn's Quay - were designed especially with our yarns.  My surprise in receiving my copy of the book is that quite a number of the book's swatches are also done in our Lilt Gradient in Pine.  The printed copy of this book has a rich quality to it that makes it a joy just to turn pages and drink in the colors.  I do believe every pattern in this book could be made using our yarns!

Aquarelle by Heather Zoppetti is a 6-pattern electronic collection with 4 available and 2 forthcoming pieces.  Thus far, all the patterns have been designed with fingering weight yarns, and so would be great with either our Pebble Sock or Lilt Sock Gradients.  My personal favorite and first on our list of samples to make is Murex, because we can feature one of our gradients alongside our regular skeins of Pebble Sock.

With all of these books, if the pattern does not call for our yarn it will pay off in the long run to read the entire pattern through, consider your yardage, and make a plan for where to change skeins.  This is pretty much your first step for any pattern anyway, but it never hurts to plan ahead.

Thank you so much for joining at the beginning of another week for our Gradient Yarn Ideas posts.  We hope you're enjoying the change of season where-ever you are and have a great week!

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