Dyeing, Knitting

Featured Pattern: Find Your Fade

I am finishing out the “fade” series today with the original fade pattern by Andrea Mowry–Find Your Fade. This is a big, comfy shawl pattern that uses 7 skeins of yarn. The pattern can be found at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/find-your-fade. All her amazing and very popular patterns can be found on Ravelry at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/drea-renee-knits

Here are a few sets of my yarn that would work beautifully with the Find Your Fade pattern. Each of these is available for sale in my shop individually, and all of these sets use my Sparkly Merino Sock base, which is made of 92% superwash merino and 8% lurex. These really sparkle, especially with the darker colors.

I’ll include the links for each skein of yarn below the photos.

I’ll start with my personal favorite.

From left to right, there’s Eggplant, Anachronism, Burgundy Rose, Speckles & Sparkles, Irish Moss, Snapdragons, and Lilac.

Eggplant, Burgundy Rose, and Irish Moss are all tonal/semi-solid yarns while Speckles & Sparkles and Lilac feature lots of speckles in multiple colors, and Anachronism and Snapdragons are variegated. You will certainly never get bored knitting this set between the wonderful variations in Andrea’s pattern and the variations in color as you knit.

This next set would look really elegant for an evening out.

From left to right, there’s Margarita, Greenery, Jade, Black Butterfly, Burgundy Rose, Irish Moss, and Lilac

Each skein shares a color with the one next to it. Margarita, Burgundy Rose, and Irish Moss are all semi solids or tonal yarns while Jade sort of skirts the edge between tonal and variegated just because it has so much variation. Lilac has lots of speckles and color variation, and Greenery and Black Butterfly are variegated with color variation within each color as well. Everything in this set is repeatable except maybe Jade, so if you’re interested in it, you should probably get it while you can.


This next one will make you smile every time you wear it because of the bright, cheerful colors. If you are worried that they may be too bright, don’t worry too much because the colors will look a little softer once they are knit up.

From left to right, there’s Margarita, Sunflower, Scandinavia, Boysenberry, Speckles & Sparkles. Sky Blue, and Mithril

Margarita, Sky Blue, Boysenberry, and Mithril are all tonal yarns while Sunflower and Sparkles & Speckles are very speckled, and Scandinavia is the sole variegated yarn in this set. If you want to make it even more cheerful, one of the colors could be substituted with Persimmon, which is the same orange as the one in Scandinavia.

This last combo features my personal favorite colorway, Bouquet, along with some tonal yarns and speckled yarns.

From left to right, there’s Burgundy Rose, Sunflower, Jade, Bouquet, Sky Blue, Lilac, and Eggplant.

Burgundy Rose and Eggplant are semi-solids/tonal yarns while Sunflower, Lilac, and Sky Blue all have speckles. Jade is still tonal but almost variegated by virtue of how much variation there is, and Bouquet is the one true variegated yarn in the group. These colors would be wonderful for early spring!

These are far from the only combinations you can find in my shop. I use the same color formulations for the same colors, so you can count on the fact that Sky Blue and Eggplant and Burgundy Rose will match the same colors in my variegated yarn even if there is a bit of variation from one “dye lot” to the next.

You could definitely create your own Find Your Fade combo using more different variegated yarns at the same time. If you need help coming up with a combination you will love or would like me to dye up some custom colors for you, just convo me on Etsy at www.purplelamb.etsy.com. I’m always happy to help!