Flicker & Fade by Elizabeth Smith

Flicker & Fade

December 2018
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in pattern
US 13 - 9.0 mm
160 - 336 yards (146 - 307 m)
short (long)
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Flicker & Fade is a fun and easy cowl knit in the round with 2 different size options (short or long) and features 4 colors of Malabrigo Chunky yarn - each color blends into the next, creating a beautiful ombre affect, and the linen stitch pattern in this bulky-weight yarn looks great on either side - I actually prefer the inside fabric, but both look beautiful in this yarn!

There is something so inspiring about the mix of these colors together (list of colors I used is below). I immediately thought of the setting sun when I saw them together - and so the name of this cowl was inspired by a sunset-inspired song I was reminded of lately (U2’s Indian Summer Sky): “To lose along the way, The spark that set the flame, To flicker and to fade, On this, the longest day…”

For my video tutorial on the linen stitch in the round, click here!

Pattern Information:

Sizes: short (long)

Circumference: 26”/66 (53”/134.5 cm)

Gauge: 15 sts & 27 rnds = 4”/10 cm in pattern

Yarn: 4 colors of bulky-weight yarn, each approx 40 (84) yds - for a total of 160 (336) yds - shown in Chunky by Malabrigo (100% Merino; 100g = 100 yds), 1 skein for each color:
• Color A: Sunset #96
• Color B: Rhodesian #123
• Color C: Sealing Wax #102
• Color D: Geranio #44

note: you can make 2 short-versions with just 1 skein of each of the 4 colors.

Needles & Other Supplies:
• Short Version: US 13/9 mm 24”/60 cm circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge.
• Long Version: US 13/9 mm 32”/80 cm circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge.
• 1 stitch marker.
• Tapestry needle to weave in ends.

Note: for other pattern tips and info about using a thinner yarn for this project, check out my blog post here