Polygrade by Christopher Salas
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Polygrade

Knitting
May 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 24 rows = 2 inches
in Garter Stitch, blocked.
US 5 - 3.75 mm
475 - 525 yards (434 - 480 m)
One size.
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Gradients, fades, color changes are in… MY TURN! I had been planning to make my own shawl using some SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock and a pack of their Party of Five gradients, but I wasn’t sure how. After learning an interesting short row technique from a previous pattern, I took to the drawing board and designed POLYGRADE. The majority of the shawl uses short rows and increases in a unique way to piece together the shawl, from the gradient squares, to the body and striping along the top edge, all
using easy garter stitch. If you need a stashbuster, look through your scraps and find five colors that blend well and match another skein of yarn in your stash. The outcome is a small, but wearable work of geometric art!

MATERIALS:

Sample One:
One skein of SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock (80%
Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon. 425 yards).
Colorway – Silver. (About 250 yards used.)
One set of SweetGeorgia Party of Five mini-skein
set (80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon.
105 yards per skein). Colorway – Wildfire. (About
45-55 yards used per skein.)

Sample Two (same yardage amount was used):
One Skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock (80%
Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon. 430 yards).
Colorway – Dobson.
One set of Lorna’s Laces String Quintet mini-skein
set. (80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon.
107 yards per skein). Colorway – Jimmy Beans
Wool Exclusive: ’16 June – Melting Pot.
US 5 32” circ needle.
Two stitch markers.
Tapestry needle.

GAUGE AND MEASUREMENTS:
76” in wingspan
19” from top of shawl to deepest point.
8 sts and 24 rows every 2” in garter stitch after blocking.
Gauge not critical for this project.

PATTERN NOTES: Read the entire pattern before casting on to familiarize yourself with the project. Arrange your gradients from lightest to darkest (or desired order) and mark them as G1 through G5. Color A is your main skein of yarn. COLOR A IS NEVER BROKEN! Strand color A along the edge of the shawl when using one of the gradient colors. When working the four rows of the striped sections, twist Color A over the contrasting color to secure it. There will be a point where the stitch count is not entirely
crucial other than the Short Row Square section, which should always have 45 sts for that gradient color (the exception is the last section, which will only have 43 sts. This is intentional). After finishing each section, I recommend sewing in all loose ends, as there will be a lot of them! This will save time in finishing.