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Dúha

A gentle breeze blows across the lake. Deep steel blue. Puffy white clouds. Warm shades of greens. A touch of golden yellow. And wonderfully illuminated droplets taking hundreds of hues as the rainbow gradient shifts from red to violet. Truly mesmerizing. Witnessing all those gorgeous shimmering colors is a real wonder. After a shower, the sky can be beautifully dark too, and at the same time, sunbeams color the landscape with a warm glow.

Dúha means rainbow in Slovak. The Dúha shawl is an elegant lace shawlette sporting two delicate lace patterns reminiscent of birds in flight and flowers opening to the sky after the rain. The shawl curls asymmetrically, enhancing the playful effect of the gradient yarn.

Come join the colorful fun and hypnotize your friends in style with your own Dúha!

For best effect, use a round yarn with good stitch definition. Yarn weights ranging from fingering to DK would be suitable. As for colorways, I would recommend a smooth gradient, solid, semi-solid, speckled, or gradient set.

Please check at the bottom of the page for tips on yarn substitution and customization options.

Yarn
Katia Harmonia (Sport, 100% Cotton, 540 meters / 590 yards per 150 grams); 1 skein; sample uses 127 grams in color 201 Orange-Yellow-Green-Blue.

Needles
3 mm (US size 2.5) circular needles or size to obtain gauge with two cable lengths as follows: (1) 80 cm / 32 inches; (2) 120 cm / 47 inches. The long circular needles are used to accommodate the large number of stitches.

Gauge
25 stitches and 34 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch, unblocked.
21.5 stitches and 24.5 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Pattern B – Arco Iris, blocked.
21.5 stitches and 24 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Pattern C – Droplets, blocked.
Note: obtaining the gauge given is not crucial but will affect the finished size and the yardage needed.

Notions
Stitch markers (optional): 1 in color A (edge marker), 19 in color B (repeat markers). Tapestry needle. Blocking pins. Blocking wires (optional).

Size
One; easily customizable.

Final measurements
Height (h): 115 cm / 45.25 inches, length (l): 142 cm / 56 inches, wingspan (w): 66 cm / 26 inches.

Skill level
Knit, purl, increases, single and double decreases (knits and purls), twisted stitches. Stitch patterns requiring some attention. Main body pattern with relatively easy patterning on both sides. Edging with lace patterning on both sides. Elastic BO.
Video tutorials are provided for the stitches and techniques used.

Pattern notes
This pattern is worked flat in two Sections plus an Edging to form a curling asymmetrical shawl. See the schematic for an overview of the shawl shape and sections. Suggestions are given to customize the pattern.
Charts and written instructions are provided as well as clear video tutorials for the used stitches and techniques.

Pattern support
For questions about this pattern, please PM me on Ravelry or send me an email. Contact details are provided.

Thank you note
I’d like to send a big thank you to my truly awesome test knitters on Ravelry: carolfitz2, fiberlass.
Thanks a lot for your time and dedication, for helping me make this pattern even better and for showing how the pattern would look like with different yarns!

Yarn ideas
Do you need ideas for gradient yarns? Here you go! (Links going to Ravelry)

Here are some suggestions for a few specific yarns (in no particular order). Choose a round yarn without halo or fluff and good stitch definition. Please plan your substitution and check the put up and fiber content before buying (cotton and alpaca are heavier than wool for example):

  • https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/knit-picks-stroll-gradient
  • https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/lang-yarns-ayumi
  • https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/lang-yarns-puno
  • https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/hikoo-by-skacel-concentric-cotton
  • https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/wendys-wonders-merino-nylon-sportweight-75-25
  • https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/schoppel-wolle-zauberball-cotton
  • https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/schoppel-wolle-zauberball100
  • https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/scheepjes-whirl
  • https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/scheepjes-woolly-whirl
  • https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/lafeefil-merino-nylon-light-fingering-gradient
  • https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/squirrels-yarns-noisette-fing-500
  • https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/squirrels-yarns-tourbillon-noisette-sport

Indie dyers who make a lot of gradient yarns:

  • https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/brands/fierce-fibers
  • https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/brands/knitwhits-freia-handpaints
  • https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/brands/bilum-hand-dyed-yarns
  • And more here: https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/search#ya=gradient+hand-dyed&sort=best&view=thumblist
  • And even more on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/search?q=gradient yarn


More gradient yarns on Ravelry, per weight:

  • Sport: https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/search#ya=gradient&weight=sport&sort=best&view=thumblist
  • Fingering: https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/search#ya=gradient&weight=fingering&sort=best&view=thumblist
  • Lace: https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/search#ya=gradient&weight=lace&sort=best&view=thumblist

 

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