We're happy to be coming back to our Monday Gradient Yarn Ideas series, especially now that fall weather is coming back here in the Pacific Northwest. We've had an unusually hot and dry summer, with forest fires that have raged hotter and longer than in previous years and have taken their toll on air quality and forest resources at unprecedented levels. The rain is very welcome this year, on so many fronts.
Road Trip to Monterey was originally published in February of 2017, right before we headed off to Stitches West. I have one of my own at home, knit in a Mallow Gradient & Siren's Song, that has been finished for some time and really needs a few great photos to show it off. Kirsten chose to work with an Ice Gradient and Charcoal, both in our fabulous 5-ply merino & silk yarn called Lilt.
If you plan to make one of these wonderful shawls, I would suggest working with two highly contrasting colors. Kirsten and I both tend to prefer low-contrast, but the fact is that you will see more of the lovely (and easily memorized) stitch pattern if you go for something like Moonshadow or Dark Matter and a bright gradient like Vivid, Xenon, or Fluoro. Make sure you're ready to wet block this baby to within an inch of its life as well - I don't know of a knitting project I've ever finished that didn't benefit from a good soak and a little smoothing out to dry.
photos courtesy Pom Pom Quarterly
Welcome to another installment of our Monday Gradient Yarn Ideas posts! We've been away for a while, so we'll have lots of new things to share with you over the next few weeks. This week, we'd like to start with Fragmentation by Kiyomi Burgin. This hat pattern was originally published in the Winter 2016 (#19) issue of PomPom Quarterly and is also available digitally on Ravelry.
When you're getting ready to knit this pattern, be sure to read all the way through the color notes and yardage recommendations. This is a somewhat spicy pattern, as it requires a tubular cast-on, colorwork carrying up to 3 colors at once, and the largest size has specific thoughts on how to work the pattern with either one or two gradient yarn kits.
The designer's original is seen here in a Fern Pebble Sock Gradient Yarn kit. Our Lilt Gradients would have suitable yardage for the hat as well, and if you're lucky enough to have gotten your hands on some of our past 5-color Limited Edition Gradients in any of our fingering weight bases (Prime, Pebble Sock, Lilt Sock) then you might try your hand at arranging a color progression of your own for the project.
With a deep folded brim and sharp geometric patterning, this hat pattern is clearly on trend (think air plants and faceted bud vases). It's also a great way to learn or sharpen more advanced skills on a smaller project. While you're looking through the magazine, check out Bristol Ivy's essay on the beauty of asymmetry called Through a Cracked Mirror - it's a worthwhile read.
Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see your gradient projects, including Fragmentation, on social media! You can find us on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Ravelry, and we often use the hashtag #blacktrilliumfibres on various platforms. We'll see you soon with another post!
Welcome to our first post of 2017!
There are many wonderful gradient yarn pattern ideas in Carol Feller's book, Knitting With Rainbows. We don't have a lot of hats knit with our gradient yarns, so thought it would be fun to knit Sunday's Well for our Monday Gradient Yarn Ideas series. I chose to knit with a Pebble Sock Gradient Yarn kit in Sheaf. You could easily knit this pattern using a Lilt Sock Gradient Yarn kit as well, and I would recommend using a more concentrated color than I chose to show of the lovely bias patterning.
When I set out colors for this hat, I decided to go from light to dark though the pattern called for the opposite. I did my pom pom on the large size (the green one) Clover pom pom maker and used the last of my gradient yarn. I would probably have done the medium or small size of pom pom, given how heavy the large one turns out to be.
Here's a quick up-close of the second, third and fourth colors of Sheaf. I love the way the way this yarn makes patterning pop because it is a tight but rounded two-ply.
Thanks for reading along with us on another Gradient Yarn idea! Have a great week and here's to hoping 2017 does more good than 2016 did!