November 20, 2013

Pigment: a shawl pattern from Coloring Book

Pigment

Next design up in the Coloring Book collection is Pigment!  (here on ravelry)  It’s an asymmetrical triangle shawl in squishy garter stitch, with a dot pattern meant to be worked in lots of different colors:

Pigment!

The dots are made with slipped stitches, so there’s no stranded colorwork, and the construction is extremely simple, compared to most of my designs ;)  Just cast on, knit with lots of decreases and a few increases, to make the wavy edge lines, until it comes to a point, and you’re done!  The rows get shorter and shorter as you work, making it grow faster and faster as you go, which is fun.

(Funny thing – I was actually originally planning this piece as a complicated multi-section weirdly shaped shawl, but once I started working up the first sample, I saw how great the stitch pattern stood out on its own, and I decided to scrap the whole plan and SIMPLIFY, which is a hard thing for me to do!  Ohmygosh I am SO GLAD I made that decision!!)

Something you may be excited to learn about this pattern:  Weaving in the ends of the contrasting yarns as you knit is written into the knitting pattern itself, so you do what it says and you end your piece with almost no ends to weave in!

Pigment!

Pigment can be knit in any weight yarn, to make any size shawl.  The pattern gives measurements for small{medium, large} sizes, but you can make any size in between, or go even bigger than the large!  The bright dot first sample up above is a large size shawl in bulky weight, above here is a medium size shawl in sport weight, and below is a small size shawl in worsted weight.  See how your dots will be different sizes in different yarn weights, so you can get really different looks in this piece depending on your yarn choice.  And, of course, depending on your color choices.

Pigment!

The large sample is in Malabrigo Chunky, a neutral (Pearl Ten) as the main color, and five different bright solids as the contrasting colors, rotating in a basic repeating pattern.  (The dot colors are: Frank Ochre, Bobby Blue, Glazed Carrot, Water Green, Cactus Flower.)

Pigment!

The large size is a big shawl no matter what weight you use, but in the bulky weight it is a seriously cozy item!  It’s like draping a big squishy blanket around my neck and shoulders!

Pigment!

The medium size shawl in sport weight Arroyo is my personal favorite, I think (it’s so close though – I really love the large one too!).  I don’t often work in sport weight, or any weights lighter than worsted, so this project felt overwhelming, but the yarn was so beautiful that I loved watching it grow and it didn’t feel tedious to make.  Arroyo was my big yarn discovery of this collection – I’d never used it before and I completely fell in love with it!

Pigment!

The colors here are Sand Bank for the main color, and four variegated/semi-solid contrasting: Glitter, Piedras, Fresco y Seco, Arco Iris.  They are used in a repeating pattern which is meant to seem kind of random at first glance (details are in the pattern).

Pigment!

This shawl drapes wonderfully at the loose gauge (it was knit on size 7 /4.5mm needles) and the size is perfect for everyday wear.  I have a feeling this will be my most-worn item of the whole collection; I’ve already worn it out a few times in the last week.  Love it so so so much!!

Pigment!

For the small sample, in worsted weight Rios, I decided to break away from the neutral main colors and go for Glazed Carrot as the main!  And then I rotated between the five contrasting colors (Teal Feather, Lettuce, Sunset, Ravelry Red, Niebla) in a kind of rainbow-esque pattern, blending from one to the next.

Pigment!

You can see what I mean by looking at the whole thing lying flat – the “rainbow” thing would be better if my purple was more purple-y, but I still like the effect:

Pigment

The size of a small is just a little neck warmer type thing, not exactly a warm winter wrap, but it’s cute for adding a pop of color to your outfit!

Pigment!

Want to see what the back side looks like?  It’s pretty cool looking!

Pigment - back side

And I love the way the garter stitch waves around the dots:

Pigment shawl

I was reading through my old tweets (you know, like you do) from when I started designing this shawl, back in late July / early August – tweets like “Totally in love with this new project I’ve been obsessively working on.” and “one of the best feelings in the world: you think of a PERFECT pattern name, look it up on ravelry, there’s not a single pattern w/it already”.  I’m still so happily surprised that the name Pigment was not taken!

Pigment shawl

This shawl is obviously a fantastic way to use up a pile of leftover scraps in the same weight – no need to rotate between the same colors throughout the whole thing, you can use little leftover mini-balls for just one or two stripes of dots.  I can’t wait to start seeing Pigment projects popping up on ravelry, in all different colors and styles!

Pigment shawl Pigment shawl

(This pattern is from the Coloring Book collection – here on ravelry – which is an assortment of accessory patterns designed to make the most of your colors, using basic stripes and easy slipped stitches!)

Filed under: Coloring Book,knitting,yarn — leethal @ 5:25 pm
  • Alicia Landi

    I am totally going to make one of these. I love that you kept the design simple for this one!

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