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Summer Club signups open May 1!

Posted on April 30, 2018 by Gauge Dye Works

Gauge Dye Works subscription yarn club with knitting patterns from Andrea Rangel
Andrea Rangel and I have teamed up again this year to bring you a collection of three summer knitting projects. Each month we will send you an exclusive colourway and a perfectly coordinating pattern that lets the yarn shine. 

The details are here, and signups open tomorrow, May 1, at 8 am PST

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Trunk Show at Beehive!

Posted on April 25, 2018 by Gauge Dye Works

Gauge Dye Works trunk show at Beehive Wool Shop Victoria BC samples yarn for sale
I'm happy to announce I'll be doing a trunk show at my LYS, Beehive, on May 11 & 12! I'll be there all day on Friday and Saturday to say hi and answer any questions. There will be yarn for sale and samples to try on. If you're going to be in Victoria on the Mother's Day weekend, please come say hi! 

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5 Tips for Working with Kinda Magic Sock Yarn from Wool and the Gang

Posted on March 26, 2018 by Gauge Dye Works

5 tips for working with Kinda Magic Sock Yarn from Wool and the Gang

Having trouble getting your Kinda Magic Sock Yarn to knit up like it shows in the pictures? Here are five tips for how to adjust the pattern and fit to get the most out of your socks!

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Santa Clara is here!

Posted on February 26, 2018 by Gauge Dye Works

Santa Clara hand knit sweater pattern

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! 

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January N Club Yarn: Tesserae

Posted on January 29, 2018 by Gauge Dye Works

N Club Flowsaic self-striping shawl knitting yarn tesserae laura nelkin Gauge

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

N Club Flowsaic self-striping poncho knitting yarn tesserae laura nelkin Gauge

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Dividing a colourway in two: All Together Now

Posted on January 23, 2018 by Booth Helpers

All Together Now Rainbow self striping socks CLASSIC

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:

all together now self striping sock yarn 

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One skein = one self-striping rainbow baby sweater

Posted on January 13, 2018 by Gauge Dye Works

Self-striping rainbow baby sweater knitting | Gauge Dye Works
Right?!?

You're probably here because of this post of this one. (And if you're not, definitely go look there first. You'll be rewarded with photos cutie-patootie baby in an adorable sweater giving his candid opinion of his stuffed rabbit.)

So here's the deal: it's a sweater-in-a-skein. Self-striping sweater yarn. When the Yarn Harlot tells you to make some yarn, you make some yarn. (Well, first you quietly freak out, and then you make some yarn.)

So to knit this thing, you cast on at the neck and just keep knitting - the colour changes happen on their own, each stripe the same width, until you reach the solid blue body section. I also included a little green at the end of the skein in case you want to add in a little flair at the bottom ribbing like I did, or you decide to add ADORABLE BABY POCKETS and want to line them in green.

We knit up a Flax Light sweater, but any top-down raglan sweater or cardigan pattern would do the trick. Gauge isn't super critical; the colour changes just happen when they happen and you don't have to worry about it. 

I added a batch to the shop a couple days ago and they sold in a flash, so to answer your question, YES, there will definitely be more! (There's a signup form for my mailing list at the bottom of the page if you want to hear from me as soon as there's more sweater yarn in the shop.)

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