About a month ago we spotlighted some Fino Mini-Skein projects and we’re happy to report that mini madness continues! For this post, we took one of our Fino Mini-Skein sets and matched it up with another hot trend: the fade.
We decided that a pair of handknit mitts would be the perfect project to showcase a fade, and started with the Augusta Fino Mini-Skein set:
This set contains five 20g skeins in the colorways: 415 – Silver Tea Set, 404 – Watered Silk, 429 – Storm Glass, 405 – Peacock Plume, and 427 – Mourning.
When trying to adapt a pattern to fade between minis, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Pattern: If you’re starting with a pattern that is already written (as we did), consider fairly simple patterns to let the yarn color palette shine. Anything that is busy with pattern stitches might be too jumbled with the addition of color changes.
- Transitions: In the sample shown below we opted to do a 4-round transition. In the case of Colors 1 & 2, we knit a section of the pattern in Color 1, then worked 1 round each with colors 2, 1, 2, 1 for a total of 4 rounds, and then continued on through Color 2. We repeated this process 3 additional times until we had all of our colors in sequence. You may wish to do more or fewer transition rounds, but either way, this is something you’ll want to plan before you start.
You could also consider transitions in linen stitch or by knitting a few rows of stranded 1×1 colorwork (see the Golden Pear Hat for example).
- Sections of Color: The biggest question when adapting a pattern to fading is how long do you want each color section to be? Choosing a pattern may help dictate this, and you may have feelings on whether you want to feature certain colors more than others. Since the Fino Mini-Skeins are all the same yardage it may just be easiest to divide the pattern into 5 roughly equal segments.
After looking through patterns on Ravelry, we chose the Colorblock Handwarmers by Purl Soho, a great free pattern. This was the perfect simple pattern to highlight the color changes and was written for a yarn similar to Fino. The pattern was originally written for four colors, so adding a fifth didn’t prove too difficult; we simply divided the portion below the hand into three roughly equal segments.
Here’s how to knit our fade version of the Colorblock Mitts using the following steps:
Step 1: Swatch to determine gauge on the mitts. Though the pattern recommended using US #3 needles, we found the fabric to be too loose and went down to US #1.5 needles to get a gauge we liked to knit the Small/Medium size (ultimately we ended up with a Small pair of mitts, so if you’re looking for a Medium size you might want to go up a needle size or knit the larger size).
Step 2: Starting with Color #1, in this case, Silver Tea Set, knit per pattern instructions until work measures approximately 2.25” from the cast-on edge.
Step 3: Add in Color #2, Watered Silk, and work 4-round transition as noted above. Cut Silver Tea Set and continue working with Watered Silk until the mitts measure approximately 5.5” from the cast-on edge.
You may see a very slight stripe jog as you work, but you’ll see in the finished mitts that it’s not very noticeable at all. If you’re concerned about that jog, you could simply omit the four-round transition and move directly from Color #1 into Color #2.
Step 4: Add in Color #3, Storm Glass, and work 4-round transition as noted above. Cut Watered Silk, and continue knitting with Storm Glass until the mitts measure 8” from the cast-on edge.
Step 5: Add in Color #4, Peacock Plume, and work 4-round transition as noted above. Cut Storm Glass, and continue working with Peacock Plume (you should be working the thumb opening by now). As a side note, the pattern we chose already had two color sections in the hands, built around the thumb opening, and we chose to use these color breaks as guides.
Step 6: As soon as the thumb opening is complete, knit two additional rounds of Peacock Plume, then add in Color #5, Mourning, and work 4-round transition as noted above. Cut Peacock Plume, and continue on with Mourning.
Step 7: Follow pattern instructions to complete the mitt in Mourning.
Repeat Steps 2-7 to make the second mitt and you’re done!
We hope this project gave you some ideas on how to incorporate our Fino Mini-Skeins into fading projects. We’d love to see your interpretations and fade projects – please share your projects to Facebook, Instagram, or Ravelry!