FO Friday – Gradient Triangle with pattern recipe

triangle shawl fogknits top down garter stripe shawl

My latest shawl is done!  I couldn’t be more pleased.  It’s exactly what I envisioned!  I wanted to showcase the yarn and it’s subtle gradient.

It’s a Bugga Ombre remnant kit from Cephalopod Yarns.   The color shift is so slight, in low light it’s easy to miss.  Sometimes it looks like mismatched dye lots rather than an actual gradient.  I paired it with the grey yarn (Neighborhood Fiber Co. Cobblestone Sock, I picked up at Rhinebeck!) to stretch my yardage and hopefully improve the gradient effect/lessen the mismatched dye lot effect.

And it worked!  This shawl drapes beautifully and it wraps for days!  There are so many different ways to wear it.  I love the drama and the functionality of long tails.

As if that weren’t enough, it was super easy!  This was knit, almost entirely, on public transit!  Yeah Garter Stitch!!  Here’s my shawl ‘formula’:

400 yards each,  two colors fingering weight

US6 (4 mm) needle (or an appropriate size to give a loose, drapey gauge)

CO 6 sts

set up row: KFB, K2, PM, K2, KFB

row 1: KFB, knit to 1 st before marker, KFB, SM, KFB, knit to last stitch, KFB

row 2: KFB, knit to last stitch, KFB

repeat rows 1 & 2 alternating two rows per color, until just enough yarn remains to bind off.  I recommend any stretchy bind off you like.  I used the Icelandic Bind Off, my new favorite!

Viola!  Easiest shawl ever!  I love it !

top down gradient shawl garter stitch two color stripes

Simple & understated, it’s garter stitch at it’s finest!

And now, with this finished, I feel a cast on bonanza coming on!  It’s time to knit ALL THE THINGS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something New

Time for casting on.  Sure, I could finish a project that’s been languishing for months like the Southern Skies shawl.

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It’s going to be gorgeous when it’s finished and it’s not going to finish itself.  It’s just such a pain, beads and 19 pages of charts…not today, thank you.

I did manage one mitten on the ride to Lake Tahoe.  I could whip up it’s mate but I’m not going to need mittens until next year when we do it again.

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I’m actually thinking of frogging this one and doing something else with the yarn.  There are still hats to be knit, if you can believe that!

Maybe it’s time to swatch for a sweater.  I want a summer sweater, something light and cottony.

pima splash swatch

Meh.  Nice yarn, just not feeling it.  Let’s try a shawl, I always want to knit shawls!  That’s the ticket…

cephalopod gradient kit

This is a Cephalopod Bugga gradient set from 3 Stitches ago and a grey Neighborhood Fiber Company skein from Rhinebeck.  Definitely time for these lovelies to hit the needles!  Not doing anything crazy, I want this yarn to speak for itself.  It’s just a basic top down triangle with two row stripes and an i-cord edge.

It meets all the bus knitting requirements.

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Something is still off though.  Apparently this isn’t ‘just’ a basic triangle.  It’s more of an irregular polygon at the moment.  Even that may be a stretch.

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This may get a frogging, not because it’s a bad idea, but the initial execution has been pretty sloppy.  A restart may be in order.  Then again, blocking can work that out.

Either way, I need to be on the bus in an hour.  That’s not much time for a logical, well thought out decision.  Oh the pressure, I hope I make it!  ;)