Staff Projects: Bright and Gradient Color

The KP gang has been busy knitting these days. The staff projects completed lately have been bright and colorful, with a great mix of favorite patterns made in new ways, and new yarns tried out for the first time. Check it out, and maybe you’ll get inspired by one of us!


Our Hue Shift Afghan Pattern never disappoints. When we started carrying Mighty Stitch Yarn, Stacey had the idea to try it for this pattern! She used about a skein and a half of each color for the blocks, and about 3 skeins for the border and her blanket ended up being 60 inches square. It took her a long time, but she agreed that it was worth it. Just look at this cheerful creation! It sits on her couch to keep her warm and cozy when she reads or watches TV.


Mighty Stitch Yarn is a great substitute for Brava, the blanket’s original yarn suggestion. Look at that great stitch definition and because it’s 20% wool, it’s so, so warm! Plus, it comes in the bright pink colorway we call “Pucker” for an unmistakable color pop. If you’re interested in making a Hue Shift Afghan, our Mitered Square Tutorial is sure to get you on your way quickly!


When Stacey isn’t working on larger projects, she always (always!) has a pair of socks on her needles, almost always in Hawthorne Yarn. These are the Raversi Socks (Ravelry link) which she made in less than 1 skein of Hawthorne in Parkrose, even though she has size 10 feet. Great value! Raversi is one of Stacey’s favorite sock patterns, and this pair took her through some plane and train knitting throughout Europe. Planning a Spring trip of your own? Maybe a pair of Hawthorne socks can accompany you along the way!


Emily is modeling Stacey’s most recent hat creation. A variation of the Sockhead pattern (Ravelry link), she made it in Hawthorne Sport, colorway Happy Valley. She wanted more of a beanie style, so she cast on a few less stitches, and knit about 8 inches total, before she started the decreases. Perfect!


Emily has also been busy with Hawthorne Yarn. Here she’s modeling a Cait Shawl (Ravelry link) she made in the colorways Abernathy and Buckman. She reports that she went very off-pattern, just purling instead of doing the modified stockinette stitch suggested. Instead of shawl, her project became a cowl, as she joined to knit in the round after about 8 or 9 inches. Both Hawthorne colorways have a bright pop of turquoise, yet blended really well together, don’t you think?


Speaking of color, check out this adorable kid sweater made by Alison. She made up her own pattern, and used Alpaca Cloud Fingering Yarn in colors Sir Walter, Jo, Juliet, Mary, and Rebecca. Less than 1 skein of each color resulted in a size 3 sweater, where she changed colors by knitting one row of the new color, one row of the old color, and then continuing the new color, finishing it off with ribbing on the collar, cuffs, and hem. Though it was a tricky knit (on size 1 needles-whhhaattt), the sweater’s fabric is so gorgeous that Alison now wants to make one in a green/blue transition, and maybe another in purples and blues. With all the colors of Alpaca Cloud Fingering Yarn, the possibilities are endless.

What have you made in our yarn recently? Leave us a comment. We’d love to hear!


  1. Fuego Azul / March 17, 2016

    I made the Dream King as a doll using Palette yarn. Annette Heford’s book on how to knit fairytale dolls is amazing & is what I used as a template to make him. I’m using the leftover black yarn for my own Fortune’s Shawlette by Moogly as a great stash busting project. And I’m still knitting away on my friend’s cowl using Preciosa in Tadpole. You guys make great yarn! 🙂

  2. Alison / March 17, 2016

    Hi Jenn! I don’t have a pattern written up for this one (I only made it in a single size) but my notes are on Ravelry here:

  3. Jenn / March 16, 2016

    Will Alison be sharing her pattern for the kid sweater? Adorable!

  4. EmilyVictoria / March 15, 2016

    I’m working on a baby sweater in Palette held double and a pair of socks in Stroll tonal. I made a shawl out of Hawthorne and really can’t wait to get my hands on more of it, especially for more baby items for my daughter!

  5. Laura / March 15, 2016

    I’ve made two pairs of slippers, a vest, a hat and mittens recently, all in Palette! I <3 Palette 😀