Choosing a project for Gradient style yarn.

An Evolution is a beautiful thing.  The colors have been carefully chosen to work beautifully together.  Each transition has been meticulously blended to create an entirely new section of color that seamlessly fades from one to the next.  This work of art should be kept together at all costs!  

Use all the yarn!

If you choose a pattern that uses only part of an evolution, you miss out on an entire color and transition leaving your project feeling incomplete EVEN IF you followed  the instructions to a tee.  

Choose a pattern that requires approximately the same yardage as the cake of yarn that you have in order to use the entire colorway.

Hint: Don’t be afraid to experiment with your edging to either extend or shorten the pattern to suit your yardage.  

Find a pattern with a repeatable stitch pattern!

Sometimes you know that your cake of yarn is destined to become something ginormous!  An XL cake of yarn can be daunting when it arrives but fear not gentle readers, I have some tips that can help you find the perfect pattern.  

If the yardage for your cake is greater than that required by the pattern, choose a project with a repeatable stitch pattern or edging. Simply continue on in the established pattern creating a larger garment.   Notice in particular how repetitive the edging of the shawl below is. It could easily be adapted to be longer or shorter depending on the amount of yarn you have in reserve.

Another option is to look for patterns that are adaptable to suit any amount of yardage that you have.  For instance, I wrote a pattern (see above) that is written using a ratio to accommodate not only any amount of yarn, but also different yarn weights.  

Hint: If you have a petite coordinating solid you should be in great shape!  This little insurance policy will make sure that you don’t end up playing yarn chicken and loosing! 

Needle size is matter of preference!

Unless you are knitting a fitted garment like a sweater or hat, gauge is really all about how you want your fabric to drape! For instance, I prefer a more open fabric when knitting a shawl, and will often size up my needles a bit to get this look.

A looser, more open gauge will give your shawl bounce and life. A tighter gauge may be appropriate if your intention is warmth or to keep out the wind or a draft. Size your needles down to achieve a more solid fabric. Size your needles up for a more open look.

Play a little with your knitting and don’t be afraid to FROG! (In other words Rip it back!)

The author – Beth Gorishek is twistedbee5 on Ravelry

Published by twistedfiberart

Twisted was started in 2005 as a way to help support my family while I was a stay-at-home mom until I went back to work. Eventually I realized I was at work. I think it's safe to say that Twisted is going to be around for a while! I was lucky to start selling my handspun around the time Etsy was catching on. I learned a lot about yarn and knit fabrics and what I wanted them to look like. This information was crucial to the development of my current process. Soon I was selling lots of striping sock yarn (mostly Arial and Duchess). Demand grew and so did Twisted. Aggie came to work with me. She could skein so precisely and measure dyes so accurately! (I still miss her. But she is now a stay-at-home mom and volunteer for animal rescue and I wish her well!) While she was here we moved to our current studio space and switched to our own website. My mother, Anne, is even more experienced with computers than she is with knitting (very!). She helped a ton with the new site which allows for more options, customization and flexibility. She also does our sample knitting and lots of random yarn and computer tasks. My husband does the books and washes the yarn. Both of our kids help out as their busy schedules permit. I love having a family business! I was lucky to start selling from my own site about the time Ravelry was catching on. I think that might be the magic ingredient to my small business success! Thank you Casey and Jess! As much as I love striping sock yarn, I was longing to move in a new direction: Evolutions. This had been part of my master plan from the beginning, but sock yarn kept me busy until I couldn't hold it in any longer. Then I really needed more help! Anne Bohl joined the team and added her style and skills to the mix. She quickly became indispensable and is now a partner in the business. We are both so grateful for the opportunity to be able to put our families first while helping support our families and interact with the lovely yarn community! Thanks to all of you for making this possible! The Twisted Studio was housed in the servant's quarters of my 150 year old Italianate home for seven years until we were bursting at the seams. We are now located around the corner in a great store called Kean's - a crafter's paradise that has been run by the same family for nearly 100 years. It is the cutest store around and we are lucky to have enough space there to do the dyeing for our webstore as well as a small but beautiful retail spot. So come see us, we'd love to meet you face to face! See store hours, address and contact info here. Cheers! Meg

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