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I Found My Fade

Posted by Andi on November 12, 2017

While I’m still in catch-up mode, I’m taking us back to the spring/summer. The Find Your Fade shawl seemed to be the most popular pattern during that time. Bloggers were knitting it. Podcasters were knitting it. Friends were knitting it. Indie dyers made kits. And, of course, I made it.

The original pattern was made with 7 colors, and although the pattern description on Ravelry said it would be easy to adjust the pattern to use however many colors one wanted, I was going to stick with 7 so I wouldn’t have to do that much thinking. I really wanted this to be a stash busting project, so I went through my stash several times to determine which yarns I had that would go well together. I took notes. I had narrowed it down to a few color families. Ultimately I decided on this color family.

I'm almost ready to start my Find Your Fade shawl. I will cast on today or tomorrow. #knitting #findyourfadeshawl

Of these 7 yarns, 5 came out of my stash, and I bought two. From left to right:

  • Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stealer in Spritely Endeavors (.15 skein, 65.3 yards). The first color in the shawl requires less than 100 yards, once I chose four other skeins from my stash, I went through my leftovers to see if anything would work with those yarns, and found this one. It’s great when I can use my leftovers as part of another project, and not just make hexipuffs out of them.
  • Fresh From the Cauldron Freyr Sock in Always Keep Fighting (.38 skein, 299.9 yards). This was one of the two skeins of yarn I bought specifically for this project. This was another part of the shawl that required much less than a full skein of sock yarn, but I didn’t have any leftovers with enough yardage, nor a full skein of yarn, that I thought would connect the light green of the LMFA yarn to the next color.
  • Undead Yarn Vampire Strong in Zombified (.62 skein, 260.4 yards). This skein was in my stash for a long time. I planned to make a scarf out of it, but when I noticed I had so many green/yellow/black yarns in my stash, this became the anchor – I planned the rest of the shawl around this skein.
  • Another Craft Girl Strong Sock in Night Fury (.84 skein, 336 yards). I originally bought this yarn to make a pair of socks. Thankfully that never happened.
  • Succulent Fiber MCN Fingering in Lemon Pepper (.66 skein, 287.1 yards). I had such a light bulb moment when I realized I had this skein of yellow yarn with bits of black in it, and also had a black skein of yarn with bits of yellow in it (ACG above). Perfect!
  • Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering in City Lights Speckle (.84 skein, 299.9 yards). This was the second skein of yarn I purchased specifically for this project. I had nothing to transition from the mostly yellow Succulent Fiber yarn to the white I was going to finish with.
  • Knit Picks Stroll in White (.8 skein, 184.8 yards). This last color did not require a full skein of sock yarn either. Full skeins are typically 100 grams. I bought a bunch of Stroll, which comes in 50 gram skeins, a while back to use as toes/cuffs/heels for socks. I figured I could use one skein for this.

I posted two WIP pics to my Instagram account. Here was the first one, showing the transition from light green to black.

Almost fine with section 8 #findyourfadeshawl #knitting #knittersofinstagram

The second was the transition from black to yellow.

Finished with section 9 #knittersofinstagram #knitting #findyourfadeshawl

For the most part the colors faded well. The Another Crafty Girl yarn (black with flecks of yellow) had the greatest contrast with the colors around it. As I was knitting it, I wondered if I would be okay with that. The colors went well together, but the transition wasn’t as seemless there. So I went onto Ravelry to look at what other knitters were doing. Some were making shawls with perfect fades. Others used solid color yarns, so the color transitions appeared as stripes. Both looked great, so I decided to continue.

I’m so happy with how it turned out.

It's done! #findyourfadeshawl #knitting

Look at it! It’s huge! I haven’t measured it, but I’m guessing it’s 9 feet wide. I worried that it was too big to be useful, but that’s so not true. It’s gotten colder this week, so I started wearing it regularly. It’s my new go-two accessory for my neck. I’ve worn it in a kerchief style with an open jacket. I’ve worn it with the point on my left shoulder and both ends hanging down in front and back of my right shoulder, which was perfect for keeping my right arm’s range of motion while keeping my entire upper body warm. I love it! I’m almost tempted to make another!

I cast on on April 25, 2017, and bound off on July 19, 2017. It took almost 2 months. Part of that is the sheer size of the thing. It’s a large shawl made out of fingering weight yarn (1,585 yards to be exact – that was a fun project to enter into my yards in/yards out calculations!). It was going to take some time. For the most part, it was a fun knit. Much of it is garter stitch, so it was easy to do while watching television. It was so much fun to get to a fade part, then starting another color in full, to see how it will turn out.

Two things stalled me a bit. First, around midway through I started to feel like it was slog, so I put it down for a while. It wasn’t boring, it was just a lot of time to spend knitting one thing. The other was the lace portion. I had to pay more attention to those sections, so if I got to a lace portion when I wasn’t in the mood to concentrate, I had to set it aside for a bit. I should say, before I started each lace section I was off by a stitch. Every time. I made an easy adjustment (an extra increase or decrease, I can’t remember if I had one extra stitch or one stitch too few). It wasn’t a big deal, but I never figured out what I was doing wrong.

Anyway, I highly recommend this pattern. It’s great for stash busting, and using fun colors. It’s pretty easy. It would be a perfect shawl for someone who wants to get into lace knitting because the lace portions are pretty intuitive while not being a basic yo k2tog, and it’s only in certain sections of the shawl.

Not only do I love this garment, it inspired two other projects. I will discuss those in the next post.


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