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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!

26 Dec '16

Gradient Yarn: Pretty Maids Gauntlets

all photos courtesy Fiona Ellis
This week's Gradient Yarn Idea comes to us from Fiona Ellis and her design for our exclusive knit-along in that ran from April to June of 2016.  Pretty Maids are gauntlets, rather than mitts, which means they lack a thumb tube.  This means you are simply knitting in the round the entire way through.  Shown here in Trifle, this pattern is great for using one Pebble Sock gradient yarn kit.
One of the features I love most about this pattern is the way Fiona orchestrates the transitions.  For each section you are using 2 gradient yarn shades, making the movement of color more seamless to the eye.  At the same time, the designer put together some lovely (if a little complicated) lace patterns.  The end result is a stunning pair of gorgeous near-mitts that are great dressed up or down.
Thanks so much for checking out another Monday Gradient Yarn Ideas post!  Have a great week!
15 Dec '16

December Limited Edition Gradients

We're here again with another installment of our limited edition gradient and color packs, and this time we've gone all-out with four of what we call Spectrum Gradients.  These fine kits are 10 - 33g skeins each and especially for December we've chosen to feature Prime as our kit base yarn (we've never done this before).  Check out our special colors and let us know what you think!

Ice Queen - A ten skein (33g each) Spectrum Gradient that ranges from pure turquoise to cobalt blue, with significant lightening in the middle.  Some have noted an unintentional resemblance to a certain sub-zero children's movie.

Poison Ivy - A ten skein (33g each) Spectrum Gradient that runs for bright acid green to deep forest green.  The color changes in this kit are very subtle and are best observed in daylight for sequencing.

Trilliums - a ten skein (33g each) Spectrum Gradient that inspired by the beautiful color range of trilliums in the wild. The kit begins in lighter Ivy greens and continues with pale pink and darkens into plum burgundy.

And last but not least, as I've been planning the dyeing sequence for this kit since we started the Limited series in September:

Winter Solstice - A ten skein (33g each) Spectrum Gradient that is all about winter's reversal and coming back into the light. Beginning with the deepest inky black, this kit lightens up through several shades of charcoal and silver, then switches to pale yellow and continues through layered fiery orange-reds.

14 Nov '16

Gradient Yarn: Undertone Cowl

We're back this week with another Gradient Yarn idea!  As you may have noticed if you scroll back through all our posts under the tag Monday Gradient Yarn Ideas, we don't post every week or even every other week.  While I'd love to have more scheduled consistency, my job within Black Trillium Fibres right now consists of being the one and only dyer, the social media guru, photographer (that explains a lot, right?), accountant, shipper, supply manager, etc.  Both Wendy & Becky are constantly busy processing either gradient yarn kits or wholesale orders and those two things take up their entire schedule.  I'm considering hiring another person whose only job it would be to dye yarns, but that requires experience and a desire to work a really physically taxing job, so I'm weighing how to go about this.  In the meantime, the blog and social media will continue as they has always done with occasional radio silence.

This week I want to show you a fantastically quick knit, the Undertone Cowl by TinCanKnits.  This pattern hails from a book we've already talked about, Mad Colour, that has a whole series of really super ideas for various weights of yarn.  Another pattern from this book, Polygon, is being knit up by Gigi from Knitmore Girls in a really stunning combination of Coral, Ursa & Tidewater.

I decided to do Undertone in a Lavender Sublime DK Gradient Yarn kit, with a skein of Sublime in Natural to contrast.  The pattern is ultimately a piece of cake, with easy directions that will allow you alter sizes if you aren't satisfied with the four provided.  I decided to do four repeats of the pattern per gradient yarn shade, and was left with a huge amount to do other things with.  We wind each Sublime DK Gradient Yarn shade to 50g, so naturally a 250g kit will give you lots of project choices.

I was pleased by the finished texture of the cowl, even though US 7 needles seemed to give a bit of a loose fabric for our lighter-than-typical-DK Sublime.  The largest size asks for less than 200 stitches cast on, which made this cowl fast knitting in addition to being fun.

I hope you'll give this lovely cowl pattern a try, experiment with colors.  It would be just as easy to use your gradient yarn for the main color rather than the contrast color stripes, and you could also combine two gradient yarn sets by designating one the MC and the second the CC.  Another fabulous possibility, if you managed to get your hands on one, are our November Limited Edition sets in Royals & Back To Basics.

Enjoy your week and we'll see you back again soon!