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16 Oct '17

Gradient Yarn: Toolbox Cowl

All photos property of Black Trillium Fibres
Hi again!  We're back with another installment of Monday Gradient Yarn Ideas, and this time we're spotlighting a very flexible pattern that is suitable for not only our regular gradients, but many of our Limited Edition monthly specials.  We're talking about the Tool Box Cowl, which we chose to knit with a kit we called Frank-It-Up.
Now, it's no secret that we're huge fans of Debbi and Marcy from Adventure du Jour Designs.  Their patterns are super flexible and great for just about any yarn.  Of course, we wouldn't be recommending them if their patterns were clear and well-written also.  In the case of the Tool Box Cowl, you can make work the circumference and depth of the piece quite easily to suit your yarn, so we took the Frank-It-Up kit and went to town.
The yarn kit we used originally contained Cerise, Tang, Good Egg, Lightning Bug, Marcia, Wonderland and Inkwell, and was formulated to make a Poly Chevron Cowl with the Inkwell as the contrast between stripes.  For Tool Box, obviously we omitted the Inkwell (anyone need 33g of black Lilt Sock?) and did four repeats across the middle of the cowl.  If you were to use a regular gradient yarn of ours, you'd want to only do 3 repeats between edgings.
We hope you're making fun things with all those Limited Edition gradients we've been sending out!  If you need to get on the mailing list to get advanced notice of Limited Edition releases, please sign up here.  Thanks for reading along with us this week and come back soon!
09 Oct '17

Gradient Yarn: Rose Gold

We're back again with another beautiful Monday Gradient Yarn idea, this time from the incredibly kind and creative Andrea Mowry.  Going by the name DreaReneeKnits online, Andrea has a prolific following and spectacular catalog of patterns, and frequently makes use of brioche stitch.  One of my favorite parts of perusing projects worked up from Andrea's patterns is the way she's encouraged use of color and experimentation in her designs and how that manifests in the finished pieces.

photo courtesy Andrea Mowry

This week we want to show you Rose Gold, an asymmetrical brioche shawl that is made using two contrasting colors of gradient yarn.  There's great flexibility of color and yarn choice for this pattern, because the way it's written the shawl is two-sided and can be made with either Pebble Sock Gradients or Lilt Sock Gradients.  To make the shawl precisely as shown in Andrea's photos, you will need 1 Lilt Gradient in Sheaf and 1 Lilt Gradient in Jam.

photo courtesy Bonnie Donaghy

For our own version of Rose Gold, we chose to go muted neutral - Zinc - on one side, and bright, bright, bright - Fluoro - on the other.  As you can see, the stitch pattern is such that you get an impression of the bright color through the neutral on the Zinc-facing side.  When you flip the piece over, you have the opposite effect.

photo courtesy Bonnie Donaghy

I love this detail shot of the lacier edging of Rose Gold.  This part of the pattern makes it a bit of a skill builder if you're new to brioche, but well worth it for the added visual interest.  Below, you can see the reverse side, with Andrea's version with the Sheaf side showing, and the impression you get of Jam peeking through.

photo courtesy Andrea Mowry

Thank you for reading along with us this week.  Take care and come back soon!

25 Sep '17

Gradient Yarn: Road Trip to Monterey

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.

all photos courtesy Kirsten Kapur & Chris Barry
For our first return post, we're going to revisit a designer we've worked with frequently on various projects over the years, Kirsten Kapur.  Kirsten is how I picture the epitome of professional pattern designers because she always knows what she wants and has many other craft interests outside knitting.  She's always been a pleasure to work with, so you can be sure we'll have many more collaborations with her in the future.  (Hint: you need to be subscribed to our newsletter if you want to hear about the special thing we're doing with Kirsten and several other wonderful people coming late this fall.)  Her brand, Through the Loops, is all about beautiful and well-written designs that are versatile and wearable.  No blanket shawls here, I guarantee. 

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.

Thank you for stopping by!  Check us out on Facebook and Instagram as well to find out what we're doing in the studio and where you can find our yarns!

24 Apr '17

Gradient Yarn: Fragmentation Hat

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!

02 Jan '17

Gradient Yarn: Sunday's Well Hat

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!

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