I love gradient yarns, and am always looking for a way to showcase them – my most recent attempt is the Pendulum Shawl by Amy Miller. I used five 135-yd skeins of Pebble Sock from Black Trillium in color Blush, knit on the recommended US 6s. For the MC, I used The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze Peppino in color Purl; one skein wasn’t enough and I ran out before it was finished, but luckily I had Koigu KPM in my stash, and the color (0000) was a dead match – amazing!
My feelings about this project are mixed:
* I’m not crazy about the yarn for a shawl – it would be a great sock yarn, but as a 100% superwash merino wool, and no cashmere or silk, it doesn’t have the soft, draping feel and look that I’d prefer for something around my neck.
* The yarn’s texture is heightened by the garter stitch – it makes the shawl feel bouncy and springy, as opposed to a soft drape. And, I think I’d prefer a shawl that had a smoother look, instead of the pebbly look of garter stitch (at least, garter stitch in this yarn).
* When I got the yarn, it read a lot more blush to me, but I see now how red it turns in the end, and because I used the red colors toward the end of the shawl, where they show a lot more, I’m afraid that the shawl ends up looking a little too much like a red and white striped barber pole. If I was to do it again, I would start with the red, where it’s minimized closer to the neck, and end with the blush.
* Changing colors gives some variety to this project, but the unceasing garter stitch, coupled with the fact that each row is running 250 – 300 stitches by the time you get near the end, really made the project seem drawn out and I was so relieved to be finished!
I still think that striping with a neutral main color is a good way to show off gradient yarn, but I’m not sure that I’m happy with this one – back to the drawing board before I start my next gradient project
I have enough left in my gradient skeins to make another Pendulum, if you reversed the colors (starting with the darkest first), or for another gradient project. I hate to see yarn left to sit around all lonely and unused, so if anyone out there is interested in giving these gradients a good home, just leave me a comment and I’ll be happy to send them to you as a “gradient gift”!