Not every gradient or color blocked project must be completed using multiple yarns and color ways. The reverse is ALSO true. Below we have featured two projects we dearly love and a few options for customization. Our recommendations incur NO waste, proving once again that both size and color matters.
Glacier Sweep is a top down shawl by Stephen West. It is shaped with yarn overs to create a semi-circular shape. Garter stitch short rows are worked to add length to the wingspan and they form sleek wedges that increase in size. An I-cord bind off is worked for a smooth finished edge.
Stephen’s photo (above left) and description encourages the maker to use a “solid” or tonal yarn for this project to show off the short rows and the eyelets. It is true that a lot of this detail would be lost if a speckled, variegated or striping yarn were used. Not so with a gradient, however, because a gradient IS a tonal yarn with very slow color changes.
Glacier Sweep is a great project for a 7-ounce cake (approx 980 yards) of our Fifty Shades of Gradient. Our shop sample (above right) was completed in color way Glenda of the East by our very own Glenda T. of the southeast. (Did you see what I just did right there?! Haha!) The maker can also go for that classic tonal shawl with an 8-ounce skein (approx 980 yards) of our Walkabout – Fingering yarn so there’s very little yarn remaining. As makers, we LOVE that!
Another featured project is Streetscape by Jana Huck. It is a garter stitch triangular shawl worked from tip to end, with a quirky zig-zag element that adds a touch of challenge to the otherwise soothing garter stitch. Wide blocks of stripes are visually striking, and when knit in the lovely grey and neutral shades, it is reminiscent of the German Autobahn, which inspired the designer.
There are a lot of graphic or color-block shawls and projects out there, however, most of them require “odd” yardage. This can mean that when you free or find that fade, you’d better free or find that wallet! Streetscape is NOT one of those. It uses almost all of three skeins of SW Merino – Sport, and we have created a few Streetscape Kit suggestions here.
As always, if you don’t see a “kit” option on the kit “page” that calls out your name, visit the appropriate yarn pages (we always include the names of our recommended yarn bases in the kit) and build your own OR use our yarn to complement fibers you already have in your stash. We LOVE seeing our yarns mixed with other fibers to achieve truly unique results and endeavor to share them on our social media pages to inspire other makers.
Happy stitching and stashing, y’all!