Transient – Part 4

Transient is no longer a free pattern!

The KAL has expired and the pattern may be purchased on Ravelry.  The helpful tips and information will continue to be available.  Just scroll down to the pertinent section.

How quickly the weeks have flown by to bring us to the final clue in Transient.  Before moving on to the instructions, please remember to download all of the instructions before May 31st.  Saving the pattern to your Ravelry library will NOT save the instructions – they must be downloaded!  Beginning June 1st the pattern will be available for purchase only.  The information at the top of each post with its helpful tips will remain on my site indefinitely.

A BIG thank you to Skacel Collection for their continued sponsorship of these knit alongs.  They are free to you due to their commitment to knitting education.  Skacel also offers prizes to participants who complete the project before May 15th.  First prize is a set of addi Clicks!  With no KAL registration, an entry form shows our sponsor the level of participation from all of you.  Please enter the prize drawing as your vote for more KALs!

Final Installment

The last pattern section is an openwork made possible with an elongated stitch.  Because this pattern can be worked over any number of stitches, it can be repeated as often as your unique gauge allows.  Let’s see how this magic works!

Section 8 – CCCD, CCDD, CDDD

Elongated stitches are used to create interesting textures and gauges within a project.  An elongated stitch is considerably larger than its neighboring stitches, making it an excellent choice for openwork or color manipulation.  The elongated stitch is most commonly formed with a method that utilizes multiple wraps.

A normal stitch is worked by inserting the needle tip into the stitch and the working yarn is wrapped once around the needle.  This single strand of yarn is then drawn through the stitch before removing it from the left hand needle.  In an Elongated Stitch, the stitch is worked in the same manner except the yarn is wrapped around the needle two, three or even four times.  These multiple wraps are then drawn through the stitch leaving this group seated on the right hand needle.  On the following row, only one stitch is worked and the extra wraps are dropped off the left hand needle.  In Transient, all of the Elongated Stitches are wrapped twice with the extra wrap dropped off the needle on the following row.  Be sure to watch my video for a complete tutorial on Elongated Stitches.

Before starting Section 8, notice that the six row repeat is numbered 1 – 6.  With every knitter ending Section 7 at their own unique Wrong Side row, I thought this seemed to be a simple solution.  Every knitter should begin Section 8 with Right Side facing.  Non-Concentric knitters will continue to keep the row count as noted in the instructions.

To work Row 1 in Section 8, knit the first stitch of the row in the usual manner, then knit every stitch across the row wrapping the yarn twice around the needle until the last stitch.  Work a kfb into the last stitch.

Our goal is to work the elongated stitch pattern until the appearance of DDDD.  Work Rows 1 – 6, then repeat Rows 1 – 6 as often as possible ending after ANY row except Row 1.  You can end after a Right or Wrong Side row. If you find yourself ready to work Row 1 with the yarn ready to change there, just begin Section 9.

I continued to keep my original row counts with my yarn changing to DDDD midway through Row 190 which is Row 4 of the repeat.  I finished the row and then began Section 9 with DDDD on Row 191.  Remember, this is not an exact science and your yarn will let you know when it is time to switch.  Any stitch count is completely acceptable!

Section 9 – DDDD

Now we get to play yarn chicken!  That is the game where you try to knit as long as possible leaving enough yarn to complete the bind off.

Section 9 has two rows in the garter section – a Right Side row and a Wrong Side row.  If you ended Section 8 after a Wrong Side row, then begin Section 9 with the Right Side row.  Conversely, if you ended Section 8 with a Right Side row, then begin Section 9 with a Wrong Side row.  Alternate the rows until you are left with enough yarn to work the bind off.  At my gauge, I used 6 yards, approximately 3 grams, of yarn to work the bind off.  I am not very brave at yarn chicken and stopped my Section 9 after 4 rows of garter stitch and 6 grams remaining in my skein.

There are several ways to estimate the amount of yarn required for the bind off.

  • As you work Section 9, weigh your yarn before a row and then after completing that row.  Double the weight used and this will give you a nice estimate on how much yarn you will need for the bind off.  For example, if a row uses 2 grams then leave 4-5 grams for the bind off.
  • A no-math solution is to leave about 4 times the length of a row (more if a looser gauge) to work the bind off.  If the top of your shawl measures 48″ (4 feet) across then you will need to leave 16 – 18 feet of yarn for the bind off.  Add a little length to this calculation to be on the safe side.

I recommend placing a lifeline through your second to last row in this section.  This will preserve the stitches below if you happen to run out of yarn during the bind off and need to rip out a row.

Take care not to bind off your stitches too tightly so the shawl can be blocked a bit wider.  I used the Standard Bind Off and had no problem.  If you are prone to tight bind off edges, I recommend the Russian Bind Off worked in all knit stitches.


Once the shawl is off of the needles, blocking it will open up the lace work and showcase the stitches nicely.  I like to block my shawl using blocking wires, but the pin method works as well.  If you are new to blocking, my Blocking and Blocking With Wires videos will guide you.

I prefer to weave in my ends after the blocking process.  Weaving in tails on reversible garter stitch can be tricky.  I have a great video that will show you how to weave in your ends invisibly in garter.  Watch my Weaving in Ends (Garter Stitch) for a truly reversible fabric.

Thank you!

As always, I am thrilled to lead these KALs and have enjoyed hearing from you all!  I will return in October with a new project to expand your knitting skills.  The pattern is currently in development and I will have the information ready soon.  Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter for all of the details.

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Happy knitting,






Transient – Part 3

I hope you enjoyed last week’s knitting.  This week brings us to the end of worrying over stopping points at the color changes, stitch counts and yardage.  From now on, the yarn is the boss!

Section 6 – BBBC, BBCC, BCCC

We begin Section 6 with 126 stitches on the needle.  This is the required amount needed for our upcoming lace section.  It doesn’t matter if you have some of BBBB remaining or if you started knitting with BBBC in the last section.  126 stitches is all you need and you can toss the other worries aside.

Section 6 is a simple lace repeat that is pivotal to the design.  In this section, three color ways are worked through to showcase the lace and the interesting gradient nature of the changes.  The beauty of this lace pattern is that it can be stopped after ANY wrong side row.  Everyone will stop Section 6 once CCCC emerges.

Begin by working Rows 125 – 136.  While the repeat (stitches after the *) is the same in every Right Side row, be careful to knit the correct number of stitches before and after the repeat in each row to establish the pattern.  After Row 136, repeat each of the rows until the appearance of CCCC in your work ending after working a Wrong Side row.  If your yarn changed to CCCC on a Right Side row, no worries;  just knit one more Wrong Side row.  It is completely fine if your yarn in this last row is all CCCC.

I knit several sample shawls and my yarn changed at different points somewhere in Rows 156-158.  It is completely fine if yours changes in a different row!  Just remember to finish after a Wrong Side row and you are good to go.  In the instructions I list my stitch count and rows for the sample seen pictured here.

I still like to keep track of my row numbers even though it doesn’t really matter where the section ends. My brain just feels more comfortable with marking the rows as seen in the photo below.  You can also use hash marks or a sticky note to keep track as well.

If you are unable to knit with Concentric, follow the row directions for Section 6 ending after Row 158.  Due to the absence of precise color changes, non – Concentric knitters will need to keep track of the row numbers to complete each section.

Section 7

This section is another garter stitch buffer and is knit in CCCC.  Just like the previous section, it doesn’t matter how many rows or stitches you have at its conclusion.  All that is necessary is to stop once the yarn changes to CCCD, ending after a Wrong Side row.  At the completion of the final Wrong Side row, there should be an even number of stitches on the needle – that is all you need.  Next week’s Section 8 will bring us a fun pattern to work over these even numbered stitches.

As noted below, my yarn changed to CCCD mid-row on Row 167, and I finished Section 7 after Row 168. (170 sts) It is perfectly fine if you ended on a different row and stitch count!

Non-Concentric knitters will work through Row 168 (170 sts).

I loved this section and I hope you have fun with it, too!

Happy knitting,



Transient – Part 2

This week’s knitting brings another garter stitch lace pattern nestled between two bands of garter stitch.  I think you will love the charm it adds to our reversible shawl.  I recommend inserting a lifeline into your knitting before continuing on with the following sections.  I don’t want you to lose last week’s hard work.

Section 3 – AABB

We begin at Section 3 which is knit with Color AABB in all garter stitch.  Depending on how much remained in your run of Color AAAB, your yarn should change to AABB in short order.  For your reference, all of my samples changed to AABB somewhere in Row 77.  It is OK if your color change is a bit different – the gradient nature of the yarn is very forgiving!

At the end of Section 3 you will likely be knitting with ABBB or pretty close to it.  My samples changed to ABBB somewhere between Row 94 and 95.  You must continue through Row 96 to reach the required 98 stitches for the upcoming lace in Section 4.

Section 4 – ABBB

This section is worked in the lovely Cat’s Paw pattern.  Often used in Shetland lace fabrics, which are garter stitch-based, this is one of the rare circular motifs in knitting.  A few carefully arranged pairs of simple increases and decreases are all that are needed for this little charmer.  They really do resemble their namesake:)

Section 4 is the shortest one so far and you will find yourself left with a good length of ABBB remaining after Row 108.  I had approximately 40 – 45″ of ABBB remaining after Row 108 in my samples.  Have no fear if yours is different – we are almost to the end of row concerns in the shawl!

For the newbie lace knitters in the group, rest assured that the upcoming patterns are very simple and relaxing.  Be proud of your progress!

Section 5 – BBBB

Another stretch of relaxing garter stitch awaits you in Section 5.  The yarn changed to BBBB in my samples ranging from Row 109 to 111.  My yarn changed to BBBC in Rows 123 or 124.  Everyone must knit through Row 124 to achieve the required 126 stitches needed for next week’s Section 6.

After Section 5, you will no longer need to worry about the yarn changing at or near a prescribed row.  Next week’s clue uses a new formula that is unique to each knitter.  It’s so much fun!


Happy knitting,



Transient – Part 1

Welcome to the Progressive Needles Knit Along sponsored by Skacel Collection.  Transient is a great new pattern designed to showcase the gradient colors found in HiKoo’s Concentric yarn.  Before we begin, here is an overview of the KAL:

  • A portion of the 4-part mystery pattern is revealed here on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursdays in April at 9am Eastern time.  The weekly pattern, video resources and lots of helpful tips are included in each post.  An abbreviated, pattern-only version is included to download.
  • All techniques are supported with video instruction at
  • All questions and comments are monitored daily both here and in the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry.  It’s like having  your own private knitting tutor!
  • Projects completed by May 15 are eligible for the monthly prize drawing – first prize is a set of addi Clicks!  See for all the info.
  • VERY IMPORTANT:  Transient is a FREE pattern through May 31.  After this date, it will only be available for purchase on Ravelry.  Be sure to download each portion of the pattern prior to this date.  Saving it to your Ravelry page will NOT save the pattern.  The helpful tips and videos for each section will remain on my website indefinitely.

The Yarn

No doubt you have been gazing at your lovely cake of yarn and wondering how it achieves its uniform color gradience.  Concentric is comprised of four, thin plies of yarn that are left untwisted.  All four of these plies are held together while knitting to create a worsted weight yarn.  At the beginning of the skein (whether from the outside or the inside), there are four strands of the same color.  We will name that AAAA – 4 strands of Color A.  At the end of 30 meters (approx. 33 yards), one of the plies will change to the next color (color B).  We will call that AAAB – 3 strands of Color A and 1 strand of Color B.  At the end of the next 30 meters, the plies change to 2 strands of Color A and 2 strands of Color B – AABB (seen below).

After another 30 meters, another strand is changed leaving 1 strand of Color A and 3 strands of Color B – ABBB.  Lastly, the final 30 meters brings the color to all 4 strands in Color B – BBBB.  This exact coloring pattern occurs through 13 changes ending with DDDD.  I have spelled out the sequence in the Pattern Notes below for your reference.

Each section in the pattern will deal with one or more of these colorways.  For those knitters unable to use Concentric, follow the pattern instructions as written unless otherwise indicated in the directions.

Concentric may be knit from the inside or the outside of the skein.  Since the colors change every 30 meters, the direction that the yarn is used has no impact on the the pattern.  If you choose to knit from the inside of the skein, I recommend placing it inside of a ziploc bag and feeding the yarn through the top of the bag to contain the skein as the yardage diminishes.

Shawl Basics

Transient is an asymmetrical triangle that allows it to be worn in many ways.  (See Schematic below)  The triangle gets its shape by increasing one stitch on every row at the same edge.  In other words, on right side rows, an increase is worked into the last stitch of the row.  The worked is then turned and an increase is worked into the first stitch of this wrong side row.  All increases are worked at this edge as a kfb – knit front and back.

The shawl is completely reversible so it is very helpful to hang a marker on the right side of the fabric to avoid confusion.

I found a row counter to be an essential tool in this project.  Many of the stitch patterns are simple and it is easy to cruise along paying no attention to the row number.  Should you lose track of your row count, I have a few tips for you.  After completing a right side row, there will be an odd number of stitches on the needle.  After completing a wrong side row, there will be an even number of stitches on the needle.  If you have lost your row count completely, a little math will get you back on track.  There will be two more stitches on the needle than the number of the last completed row. Example:  If there are 75 stitches on the needle, then the last completed row is Row 73.

Gauge Swatches Are Liars!

While I try to always speak kindly, it is hard to hold my tongue in the face of traitorous gauge swatches.  Many times I have knit a great big swatch, measured diligently several times, only to find that once I start the project my gauge has changed.  What are we knitters to do in the face of these evil liars?

The truth of the matter is that we have human hands that are handcrafting thousands of stitches.  Unlike a machine, each stitch is uniform but not exactly the same.  Stitches change with mood, comfort level, temperature, humidity, stitch familiarity, and needle material.  Once we accept this fact, gauges should be thought of as a first attempt at stitch counts.  A knitter should always check gauge again as the project is underway to once again evaluate the stitches.

Part One is a very short knit to provide ample time to check your gauge and reknit if necessary.  There is NO danger in running out of yarn.  Everyone will knit the shawl until all of the yarn is used.  (This will make so much more sense as the pattern is revealed – have faith!)  Should you need to reevaluate your gauge, watch my Gauge in Garter Stitch video for an accurate assessment.

Gauge and Section 1

The first section of Transient  is worked in simple garter stitch to anchor this end of the shawl.  The goal is to finish the section at or near the end of Color AAAA.  I knit three shawls and each of them ended with a different amount of AAAA yarn remaining at the end of Section 1.  That’s right – same person, same needles, same yarn and I used a different amount of yarn each time.  I ended up with 1/2 yard to 3 yards of AAAA at the end of Section 1 in each of my samples.  I recommend starting with your swatch needle size or perhaps one larger if you went down two or more sizes.  Work Section 1 and then evaluate how much length you have remaining in AAAA.  If you have less than 3 yards of AAAA then I would just continue with that needle size.  If you have more than 3 yards, I would try again on a larger needle.  Conversely, if you started into AAAB on the last row or two of Section 1 that is fine as well.

Every knitter must stop at the end of Row 52 with 54 stitches to set the stage for the lace in the upcoming section.  If you are not satisfied with the stopping point in your yarn, you can unravel and reknit on a different needle, cut your yarn to “cheat” and hurry up the color change, or merrily ignore all of this business and knit on.

Please know that stitch counts and exact stopping points will only occur in Parts 1 and 2 (weeks 1 & 2) of the KAL.  The larger areas in Parts 3 and 4 (weeks 3 & 4) will have you ignoring stitch counts, letting the colors be the boss.  I will reveal this bit of magic later:)

Section 1 – AAAA

Unravel your gauge swatch as all of the skein is needed for the shawl.  Tie a simple knot near the end of your yarn to corral the four plies and prevent one yarn from scooting ahead of the others.  Cast on 2 stitches, leaving an 8″ tail to weave in later.  Work Rows 1 – 52.  At this point you can compare your yarn usage with the pattern and determine if another needle size is needed.

Section 2 – AAAB

Section 2 features a garter diamond lace pattern that is comprised of simple increases and decreases.  If you are new to lace knitting, rest assured that this small section is as tough as it gets in this shawl.  We have stretches of delightfully relaxing and beautiful stitches ahead in the shawl!

In addition to the single decreases k2tog and ssk, this section uses the double decrease k3tog tbl – knit three together through the back loop.  While this stitch is rather simple to execute, sharp needle tips make this decrease a snap to work.

A few tips for Section 2:

  • In all of my shawls, the yarn changed to AAAB somewhere in Row 54.  Don’t worry if yours is slightly different!
  • To avoid excessive counting, place a removable marker after the first 50 stitches from the beginning of the right side row.  As your shawl grows, add additional markers for each new 50 stitches.  (The markers will need to move in a few of the lace rows, but are easily replaced.)
  • Row 57 – don’t forget the yarn over that precedes the k1, kfb at the end of the row.
  • Row 58 – the yarn overs that flank each side of the k3tog tbl on the previous row like to get all jumbled up.  The order on the needles of these 3 stitches should be yo, k3tog tbl, yo.
  • After Row 76, I had between 12 – 36″ of AAAB remaining.  This is for your reference and not an exact requirement.

Pictured below is Part One completed.  Get ready for three sections of knitting next week!

Happy knitting,



April KAL – Transient


My next knit along will be a shawl knit with the beautiful new yarn, Concentric.  Named after the concentric circles that this cake of yarn so closely resembles, these color gradients were carefully designed by the Skacel color specialists! Concentric is made from four non-plied strands, which create the distinctive color change.  The colors change at a regulated sequence allowing for a wide range of design possibilities.

In Transient, each color change will bring a different stitch pattern in this easy to wear shawl.  You will find yourself racing to the next color change to find out what comes next!

Pictured below is a prototype of the shawl.  This garter stitch example is in the exact shape of the Transient shawl and knit in color #1022 Rainbow’s End.  Imagine how much prettier the real version will be with multiple stitch patterns inserted at the thirteen color changes.  Concentric is made of 100% baby alpaca with each cake containing 220g/437 yds.  One skein is all that is needed for the shawl.

The knit along is FREE.  Simply return here any time after 9am EST on April 5th to view the first set of instructions.


  • Concentric By HiKoo, 100% baby alpaca, 200g / 437 yds, ONE skein
  • US #8 (5mm) needle, 32” circular, or size needed to achieve stated gauge.

Approximately 20 stitches and 40 rows = 4” in garter, unblocked.

53” at widest edge, 27” deep