Fade and Flip by Amanda Schwabe

Fade and Flip

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December 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
874 - 1000 yards (799 - 914 m)
Shawl, 26.5" x 56"
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The Fade & Flip shawl is the last in a series of fully reversible, inverse, asymmetrical triangular shawls. You can buy this pattern on its own, OR you can buy the entire Inverse Reverse ebook and get all four shawls for the low, low price of 14.99 CAD.

I’ve had such fun making this series of shawls! They were born from a fascination I have with mosaic knitting, and the question, “But why can’t it be two-sided?” I like my shawls to look pretty no matter which side is showing, don’t you?

I wanted to do something really special for the last shawl, and intertwining, twisting, travelling cables seemed just right. The Celtic-inspired knots travel down both sides of the fabric, like mirror-shadows chasing and twirling around each other but never quite touching.

It may look complex, but the flow is intuitive. And because all the “special” stitches are so easily visible, you’ll soon be able to see what to do next by looking at your knitting, only needing to double check with the pattern at certain key points.

To get the fade, I used two gradient cakes from Wollelfe, starting with the most-contrasting ends at the cast on (black from one ball and white from the other). It was so much fun to watch as each skein gradually changed colour and turned misty and then blue.

You could also get the fade effect with yarn from your stash, if you arrange two groups of yarns from dark to light, or from muted to bright. I used 100 grams for each “colour,” but this shawl could be made larger by using 150 grams for both MC and CC (300 grams total). There are many possible stopping points in the pattern, and you won’t have to do any adapting to make it bigger. It’s all there.

Fade & Flip comes with both written and charted instructions that stand alone so you can choose your favourite. It has a schematic on the last page that explains the stitch pattern placement and how the charts all work together.

The shawl is an asymmetrical triangle, starting at one small point and increasing every row until you run out of yarn. It’s got a slightly different construction than the previous three Inverse Reverse patterns. I like to put it on by wrapping the skinny end first; that way, the largest cable ends up on top and in front, like you see in the pictures.