Poppy Toddler Fade
August 18, 2019
August 22, 2019

Poppy Toddler Fade

Project info
Flax sock by tincanknits
2-4 modified
Needles & yarn
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette using larger needles
madelinetosh Unicorn Tails

Flax is such a perfect pattern to fade.

The pattern runs small, or at least it does in the smaller sizes. This is the size 4 for my two year old grandson. Also, the neck opening made as written is large and some of the projects look sloppy to me. To avoid that I cast on for the next smaller size to bring the neck in but still think I could have made it smaller. Next time I will cast on two sizes smaller--it’s knit top-down of course. If you do cast on less stitches to get a smaller neck, you will somehow have to get the stitches back. Here’s how I added the stitches back: after the ribbing was finished, I knit a row, still with the smaller needles, and in this row I added them back by using a M1 at even intervals. It’s easy and as long as you don’t have to add too many, it is not noticeable at all. After the fact, if the neck is loose, you can always crochet an edging and that will tighten it up. I may do that with this sweater although it’s not really that loose.

Here’s how I did the fade: Start by gathering colors and placing them in an order that is pleasing, allowing that you may have to abandon and/or add colors as the knitting progresses. Originally I had quite a few pale and medium pinks in the mix but I had to leave them out because the bolder colors were looking best. With your first color, knit until you are approximately two-thirds finished with it, or until you want to change colors. Then at the BOR, add color #2 alternating every other row with color #1 until color #1 is done. Knit with color #2 until it is two-thirds finished and then introduce color #3. Continue adding colors in this way. I did the sleeves last: take the remaining yarns and weigh each and divide them in half. In this way you’ll be able to have matching sleeves.

There are hot pinks, purples, reds, wines, burgundys, browns and grays. When I ran out of those I added gold at the sleeve cuffs. I think I used at least 18 colors with some having only a few yards. Lots of ends to weave in but I don’t mind that. Fades and stripes are a good way to use up wee bits of sock yarn too and combined with the Flax pattern, let your imagination will soar and you’ll end up with a free sweater!

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by madelinetosh
100% Merino
52 yards

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  1. Great colors
  2. Soft
  3. Pill resistant
  • Project created: August 19, 2019
  • Finished: August 23, 2019
  • Updated: July 27, 2022
  • Progress updates: 2 updates