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07 Oct '16

Beacon Rock Cowl - Our Final KAL of 2016

Posted by Melanie Dilworth in Black Trillium, gradient yarn, gradient yarns, KAL

We're coming to the end of another year, much to the cheer of my children who eternally look forward to Christmas and my chagrin because I can't shake the feeling I didn't get enough done yet again.  This means our final knit-along of 2016 is coming up, and to go out with a bang I invited Debbi Stone back again to design something wonderful for us.

Beacon Rock Cowl is a harmonious blending of an easy-to-memorize four-row-repeat stitch pattern, working in the round, and the subtle color changes of our Sublime DK Gradient Yarn.  Debbi knit her's in Ursa, our most recent addition to the selection of browns in our gradient yarn line-up.  This pattern is written out, as there's no real reason to chart it, and we're sure you'll find it easy to follow.

Since this is one of our knit-alongs, we encourage you to check out the pattern PDF and the requisite gradient yarn, and then swing by Ravelry to read our chat thread about participation and prize eligibility.  For the first time ever we're making the pattern immediately available to everyone rather than only as part of a kit.  We welcome everyone to participate in the KAL, although only knitters who use a Sublime DK Gradient are eligible for the finisher's prize selection.

As always, we hope to see lots of folks having fun knitting up this project.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at service [at] blacktrilliumfibres [dot] com.  We really appreciate it when you read through the entire product page before purchasing, because we answer lots of important questions there first.  With regards to colors, we've made sure ample stock is available in the Sublime Gradient Yarns but we may not get to restocking if things sell out until much later in October.  First come, first served, and all that.

05 Jun '16

Sunlit Glass Exclusive Knit-along

Posted by Melanie Dilworth in exclusive, hand dyed yarn, KAL, pattern

Our third KAL of the year is here, and we hope you'll be as excited as we are about it:

Sunlit Glass is an asymmetrical shawl designed especially for us by the lovely and talented Kirsten Kapur of Through The Loops.  We've worked many of her designs over the years, so having one made just for our yarns is a real treat!

This piece is a lovely combination of stitch patterns including some alternating garter and slipped stitches, as well as a lace section worked only in the main color.  All of the instructions are offered in both written and charted form, and you'll need one 32" or larger circular needle as well as a few stitch markers.  You can buy your kits now right here.

 

Kirsten's original sample is worked up in Falconer and Sugar Flowers, and we've knit up a couple more combinations so you can see how this shawl will work with a speckle painted yarn as well as a lower-contrast color pairing.  Above left is Graphene and Super Happy Fun, and right is Robin's Egg and Silverlight.  Here they are up close:

So go get your kit ordered, and join us for another fun knit-along!  We've selected about 22 interesting combinations.  As usual, it was touch picking from our 300+ repeatable colors, and we tried to go with some unusual and fun pairings to shake things up a bit.

As always, we're conducting the majority of our KAL via Ravlery, and have started a thread so you can post pictures, questions, etc.  Here are some important notes about the KAL and kit:

  • This KAL runs July 1 through August 31, 2016. Prizes are offered, please review eligibility in the Ravelry discussion thread header.
  • The pattern, Sunlit Glass, is exclusively available in the kit until the end of the KAL, after which time it will be available a la carte on Blacktrilliumfibres.com until the end of November 2016.
  • If you have further questions, please check out our FAQ page, and if you can't find what you need there you can email us at service@blacktrilliumfibres.com.
  • All photos featuring Sunlit Glass in Falconer & Sugar Flowers are courtesy the designer, Kirsten Kapur, and may not be reproduced in any form without her written permission.
  • The pattern PDF is copyright Black Trillium Fibres and may not be distributed or reproduced in any way without written permission.
07 Mar '16

Pretty Maids - Exclusive Knit-along Kit

If you're ready for a little spring weather knitting, we have just the yarn and pattern for you!

Pretty Maids

We're very pleased to be getting ready to launch our next exclusive knit-along kit, Pretty Maids.  The pattern is the brainchild of Fiona Ellis, and with nearly two hundred published patterns under her belt in the Ravelry catalog you know this one is going to be awesome!

In putting together kit color ideas we asked the designer for her suggestions.  A fresh floral theme carried the day (we made sure there were a couple neutrals as well), so you can choose one of the seventeen gradient colors we selected right here.  These kits are a pre-order, so make sure you read the full details about shipping times, etc, to ensure your kit arrives in time to cast on by April 1st!

Pretty Maids

Fiona designed for us using a Trifle Pebble Sock Gradient, if you'd like to make yours in the same color.  You can also read more about our Pebble Sock 165g gradient kits right here and see a full selection of all 60 colors.  I have a feeling this project will be such a fun, fast knit that a few of you will have to make a second pair!

As always, we're conducting the majority of our KAL via Ravlery, and have started a thread so you can post pictures, questions, etc.  Here are some important notes about the KAL and kit:

  • This KAL runs April 1 through June 30, 2016. Prizes are offered, please review eligibility in the Ravelry discussion thread header.
  • The pattern, Pretty Maids, is exclusively available in the kit until the end of the KAL, after which time it will be available a la carte on Blacktrilliumfibres.com until the end of August 2016.
  • If you have further questions, please check out our FAQ page, and if you can't find what you need there you can email us at service@blacktrilliumfibres.com.
  • All photos are courtesy the designer, Fiona Ellis, and may not be reproduced in any form without her written permission.
  • The pattern PDF is copyright Black Trillium Fibres and may not be distributed or reproduced in any way without written permission.

 

11 Jan '16

Gradient Yarn: Mixed Medium

Mixed Medium

Colors shown: Edelweiss gradient and Silverlight

This Monday we're talking about the pattern we just finished our KAL for, the final pattern of 2015, Mixed Medium.  We finally have the pattern available on it's own as a PDF download and we still have some of our KAL bundle available with preselected colors and the pattern.  You can check out some of the finished projects here on Ravelry.  You can also see more of what our fabulous designer, Marcy Vandale, is up to over at her website, Stepping Stone Creations.

Colors shown: Kir gradient & Nautilus

Mixed Medium is the kind of cowl that you start with a provisional cast on, work flat, then fold over and pick up the cast on, and finally finish by kitchenering or grafting shut.  The design was created to use one Pebble Sock Gradient pack, and one 100g skein of Pebble Sock.  There are two size options listed in the pattern, which is great because your finished cowl is already double thickness because of its construction.  The smaller size, with a 30" circumference, is perfectly wearable and cozy.  The longer size is 50" and great for doubling up, or wearing long.

Colors shown: Water gradient and Portland Rose

Now that knitters aren't limited to the choices we were able to offer for the KAL, we're looking forward to seeing what other lovely color combos people come up with.  We don't recommend you use a multi-colored skein for the background color, as it may tend to mute the ombre effect of the gradient yarn, unless you use a really high contrast like Thundercloud or Black Trillium and Smoke.

That pretty much wraps up today's Monday Gradient Yarn Ideas post.  We hope you are enjoying our little blog series, and we always welcome your requests!

10 Dec '15

Twin Leaf Crescent - Exclusive Knit-along

Posted by Melanie Dilworth in exclusive, gradient yarn, gradient yarns, KAL, knitting

Many of us have finished and are wearing our Mixed Medium Cowl, just in time for it to turn cold and wet in various parts of the Northern Hemisphere.  Here in Portland, we've been enduring three times the normal precipitation that historically comes with December - in the space of four days.  My feet are wearing handknits, my head is wearing a handknit, my neck is wearing a handknit, my bed (and my children's beds) are wearing handknits....you get the idea.  I'm looking forward to our next knit-along kit because it is beautiful knitting that will carry us through until spring!

The first quarter of the year is secretly my favorite, still cool enough to knit all the things, but I no longer feel like knitting for myself or work is selfishly avoiding holiday gifts.  Cut to Twin Leaf Crescent, a pattern brought to us by Michele Lee Bernstein of PDXKnitterati.  Two years ago she knocked my socks off with her designs for the RCYC and For Yarn's Sake, so I knew I needed to get in touch and see what brilliant things she could create with a gradient yarn set.

Twin Leaf Crescent

We're offering this beautiful pattern as part of a kit - the pattern will be available on it's own after the KAL is over - along with our shiny and drapey Lilt Sock Gradient Yarn.  It is important to read through the entirety of the pattern's description before you check out.  We wanted very much to give knitters a wealth of color choices, so we're trying a new system where the kit is in two parts and you pick the color you want from the Lilt Gradients page, and then you add a copy of the pattern.  Or vice versa, but you can't just do the pattern.  I don't like to spend a lot of time on this "do, don't, be good listeners" stuff, but this is new and it's a hard and fast rule.

So I bet you're wondering what else you need to know about the pattern and knit-along?  You'll definitely need some circular needles, a pair of US 4 in 30 or 32 inch cable is suggested in the pattern.  Michele tried to make the most of the yarn by knitting from the bottom up, so we don't suggest trying to change sizing and we do recommend checking your gauge.  You will also want beads (550 6/0 or Miyuki Delicas 8/0) and a means of affixing them.  A minuscule (.9mm) crochet hook is my tool of choice, but Michele uses a Bead Aid.  I will probably be using clear beads, but I haven't picked my gradient color yet.  If you really don't want to do the beads, they're considered optional.  A tapestry needle for weaving ends and some locking stitch markers, and you're all set.

From here, let's bullet point a few more important things:

  • Ravelry chat thread is here.
  • Finishers will be eligible for prizes, see chat thread header for guidelines.
  • The KAL starts Jan 1 2016 and ends March 31 2016.
  • Skills used: placing beads, short rows, lace knitting
  • If you use Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, tag #twinleafKAL2016

That's all for now, hope to see you all on Ravelry posting cast on pictures in just a few weeks!


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