Mara Bryner of orangeknits has just released her stunning Santa Clara sweater that features an eye-catching colourwork yoke knit in my CLASSIC self-striping yarn. It's shown here in All Together Now, with the sweater body in YOTH Big Sister in Peach .
The pattern calls for about half a skein of self-striping yarn and it is worked held double. All Together Now a great choice because it has a long pattern repeat that works its way through the rainbow just once over the entire yoke.
However, this stitch pattern also shines in a more traditional striping pattern, and Mara has her own version pairing Cathedral Grove with YOTH's Saffron.
It would even be a great way to use up your self-striping leftovers - two different colourways held together would be stunning!
I'm so happy to share my collaboration with Laura Nelkin: Tesserae! This is the January shipment for her fantastic N Club, and will be exclusive to the club for one year.
I've worked with Laura before, and so I knew she was going to push me in new directions. She had some solid ideas of what she wanted: an earthy colour palette and a concept for a "poncho yarn" with lots of colours near the top, drawing attention to the face, and a more subtle body. (Or as I came to think of it, a stripey "pon" and a gradient "cho".)
Laura even did all the math for me, so really my main job was just putting the colours where she told me to. The results are so lovely and different from anything I've ever done before.
Plus, because designing a poncho wasn't enough for her, Laura wrote up a pattern for a shawl too. So, here it is in all its glory: the Flowsaic shawl and poncho!
I've gotten a few emails recently asking how to divide the CLASSIC All Together Now colourway for matching socks. The important thing to notice is that the colourway is not a continuous gradient and instead does have stripes (24 total). Once you can see them it's much simpler to find the colour you're looking for!
Here's a little sketch to help you plan for your next project:
It's club time again! Come join us for a collection of cozy, colourful self-striping yarn.
We're offering a three-month yarn club subscription, with a new, exclusive colourway shipped to you each month. This photo shows the mood (but not the actual yarn) of this collection: a rainbow of deep, complex tones.
You're probably here because you saw the yarnharlot's post. (And if you're not, go read that one first...)
To answer your questions:
1. Self-striping sweater yarn is a thing now. Starting with baby sweaters - a single skein gets you a nice striped yoke plus enough of a solid colour for the body and sleeves.
2. When I say "is a thing now" I mean that I dyed a single skein and then handed it to the most famous knitter in the world who then knit with it and wrote a glowing post about it.
3. Current mental state: *OMG! ...play it cool... WHAAAAAAAT! ...super cool... HURRAY! ...so chill... YAY! repeat from * until basically forever.
4. So obviously I'm going to be making more of this yarn ASAP.
5. Even the skein pictured above is not the sweater yarn - it's the SHAWL version of the same colours.
6. I'll let you know as soon as I've made more yarn. The best way to make sure you hear about it is to sign up for my mailing list. (Thank you!)
7. Thank you for all the enthusiasm!
I have these new colourways that I sent off to test knitters to play with. One intrepid tester, Tammy aka Tante Ehm, sent me a few pictures of a gorgeous shawl and casually mentioned that she had designed in on the fly and was thinking of writing it up as a pattern (which was just published last week, go take a look!)
The construction begins with an arrowhead-shaped increase section and then begins shifting and decreasing to create an overall triangle.
Tammy mentioned that she switched from one section to the other when she had used half of the yarn. Which is cool and also WHY DOES THAT WORK? It that a fluke that is approximately true when you're using the exact amount of yarn Tammy was using (about 170 g)? Or is that always true no matter what size? And anyway, WHY?
I'm a lot of fun at parties, can you tell?
Right. So. I drew some pictures and I've got an answer.
First of all two notes: The shawl doesn't use the entire skein of yarn. In this colourway the final two stripes aren't used (so good news, there's no worry of running out of yarn during the bind off).
Second, note that the picture I drew doesn't look like it's the same shape as the shawl - the first section is a triangle rather than an arrowhead, but the geometry is the same. Each row in my sketch is a row in the shawl, even though the actual knitted fabric will be distorted by the placement of the increases and decreases and look much cooler.
The cast on is at the top of the shawl I've sketched, and increases symmetrically for a while before decreasing asymmetrically. The bind off is the final row of stitches at the bottom. I treated each box in the grid as being X stitches wide and X rows tall, so I can easily draw lines at the appropriate angles to represent, for example, increasing one stitch every second row. It also means this works regardless of how big or small I do my sketch.
Once I'd drawn the two halves of the shawl, all that's left to do is calculate the areas. If that makes your palms sweat, don't worry. You just have to find the cosine of the length of the hypotenuse divided by the shortest line segment and...I kid, I kid. Just count the squares.
72 squares in the first section and 63 squares in the second section means that my sketch matches reality and the first section uses just slightly more yarn than the second. By following the pattern and starting the decrease section when you've used half your yarn, you'll end up with about 6% of a skein remaining. Tadaah!
UPDATE: My excitement about this whole thing was to be able to take advantage of the self-striping yarn and use as much of the skein as possible. You could, of course, also make a smaller shawl by starting the section section at any time before you've used half the yarn. Or if you want to use much more than half the yarn for the first section you'll need a second skein.
Oh, and since someone is bound to ask, my notebook is a Kyokuto Expedient notebook with 5 mm dot grid and it is perfection.