Saturate by Mara Catherine Bryner
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Saturate

Knitting
April 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Garter
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1400 - 1600 yards (1280 - 1463 m)
One size
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Saturate is a half pi shaped garter stitch shawl with an abundance of fringe that adds a gorgeous weight and drape. This shawl utilizes the unique color blending technique that I developed for my socks to give it a painterly, customizable, one-of-a-kind look. Saturate calls for five skeins of fingering weight yarn that form a color progression (or gradient), you will need 60-70g of each colorway. The sample shown is knit with Boon Classic from Woolen Boon in the following colorways:

Color A: So Ranunculus
Color B: Ambrosia Salad
Color C: Giant Jawbreaker
Color D: A Skein Has No Name
Color E: Purple People Eater

Some tips for choosing colors:

  • If you aren’t comfortable choosing colors that blend well, try using five colorways from the same dyer. Dyers often use the same or similar colors in a variety of colorways, so you are more likely to find a combination that flows well. Many dyers are also offering color kits that take the guesswork out of the equation (although choosing colors is half the fun in my opinion).
  • I recommend choosing colors that have good tonal (light/dark) contrast, this adds drama and interest to the color progression. If you have a difficult time determining if there is good tonal contrast between colorways, line them up and take a black and white picture of them, the picture should show a variety of grey tones. If your picture shows five skeins of the same grey, you need to mix it up a bit.
  • Color blends that use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel (like green-blue-purple), or opposite each other on the color wheel (complimentary colors like yellow-purple or blue-orange) are often most successful and pleasing to the eye.
  • Unless you are specifically going for a rainbow look, I recommend avoiding using every single color of the spectrum in your color progression, and avoid using all true primary/secondary colors (for example instead of using a bright yellow, green and blue, use a mustard, mint and navy combination).
  • When in doubt, ask for help! Many indie dyers, and the awesome people at your LYS, welcome color questions and are happy to help you find the right combination. I am also happy to help, picking colors is one of my favorite things! You can email me (orangeknitsdesigns@gmail.com) or send me a DM on Instagram (orangeknits) and I’ll do my best to help you find a combination that brings you joy.