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A Note about ColorShift YarnA number of my patterns were originally knit with ColorShift Yarn gradations and colorbridges. Unfortunately, ColorShift is currently unavailable and would appear to be discontinued. If you are looking for substitute yarns, ColorShift Yarn is described in the Etsy Store as a two-ply jumper weight (fingering) yarn milled from 23.5 micron superwash Merino wool that knits up at about 8 st/in on US1-2 needles (2.25-2.75mm). There is a Gorgeous Gradients group on Ravelry which might be a good starting point for substitute gradient yarns, and you can click on the “yarn ideas” tab at the top of each of the pattern pages on Ravelry to see what yarns have been used in Ravelry projects.
About the Patterns
I use the single cast on - there’s a video here.
For a loose cast off/bind off I change to a bigger needle.
The increases I use are M1R and M1L.
The technique is explained very clearly on KnittingHelp.com.
ktbl means knit through the back loop.
ptbl means purl through the back loop.
kfb means knit into the front and back of the stitch -
increasing by one stitch.
I generally use sl1k1psso (slip1,knit1, pass slipped st over) for left leaning single decreases. You might prefer ssk (slip, slip, knit) or k2togtbl (knit 2 together through the back loop).
Trapping is used to hold in long floats on the back of stranding, or to hold intarsia colors in position where they change direction within a row. It can be worked in different ways depending on how you knit. For example on a RS row I generally lift the CC yarn outside and over the MC, and put back under the MC between the MC and the needle.
The stranded patterns can be used individually and in combination to create scarves, shawls, garments, patchworks, afghans, cushions, bags, socks, etc.
I have used plain yarns for clarity in the images, but you can also use variegated yarns or more creative color combinations. Techniques include stranded knitting and increasing and decreasing. Always strand the main color above the contrast color. Here’s a link to a helpful video about stranding.
There is a knit/lab forum on Ravelry where you can ask questions about patterns and techniques.
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