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.
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  • 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,



83 thoughts on “Transient – Part 1

  1. There will be an odd number of stitches at the completion of a Right Side row and an even number of stitches after the completion of a Wrong Side row.

  2. Oh, thank you! I’m still on the first section. I finished a row where you kfb in the first stitch and have 45 stitches in that row now

  3. I think I’ve done something wrong. On the rows where you kfb on the first stitch, I end the row with an odd number of stitches. What do I do?

  4. Wow! Thanks for knitting along with me in all of my books. The marker situation in the first lace section of Transient is not very straight forward. The pattern is a multiple of 6 + 3. I have added an additional 2 sts to the beginning of right side rows and one at the end of the right side rows. However, the pattern is staggered and the stitch count is ever changing which makes marker placement difficult. The best strategy is to remove and replace the markers with each row. This could get cumbersome and time consuming, but you may find it worth the effort. Honestly, if you can knit Building With Lace then you can do this!

  5. Dear Michelle,

    I am finally starting and am having troble counting correctly the lace pattern in section one. Is there some way that I could put markers in to help make sure that I am not making mistakes? Where would I put them in? I have undone my knitting several times already. I am also the lace shawl from your third book in a course right now at my local knitting shop and love it – the markers make it so much easier and with them, I don’t make mistakes. I’d like to apply the markers to this transcient shawl. Thanks so much. I have also make your other two blankets and love them!

  6. I am starting this KAL a little late but am excited to get going. I finished the 1st section of part 1 and I have 3 yards and 7 inches until my color change. Do you think that is off enough that I need to undo it and redo it? Or should I break the yarn and skip ahead or just keep knitting as is. I am using a size 8. What would you do? Thanks.

  7. Congrats on making it through the tough parts of the pattern! You can cut the yarn if you like. I would be tempted to try and coax the other strands to stay in tandem with the loose one and possibly avoid the cutting.

  8. Sooooo…really enjoying this kal……luv alpaca….it was a bit of a rocky start, those
    3 togbl were really tricky, but ultimately it’s the yo that get me! Finally made it through the first lace pattern,so proud of myself……when I noticed a drop stitch on the last row of the garter stitch row….ugh! But I did frog it,and the lace section that took me a week to do, I banged it out in an evening….so I did learn a lot……soooo…merrily knitting along….enjoyed the cat paw pattern and now into section 6….loving this pattern too…..however, one strand of yarn has about 3 “ of slack in it…..I don’t know why, don’t see anything weird in the knitting and it happened as the color changed into BBCC, and I am using the yarn from the outside of the cake…’s going along fine,but I need to be aware to smooth out the yarn as I go…..temped to cut it at the end of a row but I dunno about that……any thoughts about this?……looking forward for the rest……✂️

  9. I am woefully behind, still on Section 1. It seems like I’m having to unknit and reknit every RS row in the lace section at least once because of a boo-boo somewhere in the row because my stitch counts are wrong. It is taking forever, but I refuse to give up! 😉

  10. At the end of section 2 ( first lace section) I have 4 yds, 6 inches of AAAB left. Should I cut it to get closer to AABB before I start section 3? Thanks!

  11. Rolling along merrily until I switched to BBBC after row 121. Is this too early?
    I have 123 stitches.

  12. I got a late start and am still working on section 1. I got 19 stiches and 38 rows on my swatch with a size 8 needle, so I continued on. I have just finished section 1 and have almost 5 yards remaining. I’m thinking this means I should redo and switch to a size 9 needle?

  13. I figured out that I was wrapping the yo in the wrong direction… unfortunately, I only figured that out after pulling it out 3-4 times (and before I learned the “lifeline” technique.. But I got it finally, I’m good! All caught up and ready for week 3! 🙂

  14. I am truly sorry that you are not enjoying the stitch. Try putting the needle into the front of the stitches and sliding to the back of all three stitches for the k3togtbl. This may give you a bit more wiggle room to execute the stitch.

  15. I always love your KALs. and I love the softness of this yarn, but I am hating this project so far. With the unplyed yarn and the K3togtbl added to the fact that I am a tight knitter, I am very frustrated. I am using Addi 8s, but I did not have any lace tips. Does this ring true for anyone else? Any suggestions? I want to love it!

  16. You will need the exact number of stitches for the upcoming lace section. Section 3 (found in Part 2’s instructions) is all garter stitch so you can sneak in some decreases there to bring you to the correct number of stitches.

  17. I am knitting on a size 6. Perfect gauge of 20 stitches for 4”. I’m at the end of row 55. I still have 2 yards of AAAA before color change. Should I start over with a 7? Love your KAL’s. I enjoy learning new stitches and totally count on your videos!

  18. michelle, I have 3 extra stitches. Is that ok for the future sections? Or do I need to tink back and get rid of them over the course of several rows? Thanks!

  19. So….if I am reading your notes correctly, you indicate that it is ok to transition to section 2 (aaab) with 2 yards of aaaa remaining after completing section 1?

  20. You should have 78 stitches at the end of Row 76. It is crucial to the upcoming design. You can fudge and tink back a bit on your last row and stick in some increases if you like.

  21. That is quite a bit over the 3 yards I recommend. Several row of Section 2’s lace will be in AAAA. It is up to you if you would prefer to keep going on your #7’s or start over on #8. I purposely left this as a short section so you could reassess your gauge.

  22. This is a first KAL for me and thank goodness for lifelines! I have taken out the lace section about 4 times by now and even added a couple of extra lifelines. I somehow manage to be one stitch short on row 57. The pattern looks right but am about to start another tink! My color change occurred on row 52 so I was happy about that.

  23. Is it ok if I have 6 yards left of AAAA after completing 52 rows of garter stitch, and before moving on to the lace pattern? I am using size 7 needles.

  24. So sorry for your trouble knitting the yarn overs. Think of each of the yarn overs as a regular stitch. The right leg of the yo is in front as in any other knit stitch. Enter the yo from front to back and knit it. I’m not sure if this answers your question. Let me know how you do!

  25. I am having trouble with the lace pattern even pulled it out and tried to knit it twice.. (despite having done lace patterns before).. Specifically, I am having trouble figuring out which yarn to knit on the even/WS following the lace setup.. I don’t know how to specifically ask, but wondering if you can post a video or tip on the way the yo creates multiple options for which strand to knit through…

  26. I have a question. I am on row 75 and the last 30 stitches are in the AABB and I still have row 76 to go. Is this going to cause a problem going forward? I had about 12inches of AAAA left before starting section 2 so I was on target before starting section 2. Thank you.

  27. I must be one of the few who is using No. 6 needles and still ran out of AAAA 2 rows before the lace pattern started. Then the same happened with the lace pattern, I ran out of yarn two rows before the row 76. I am using pastel pop so it is not really noticeable. I think I will continue as is. I was using no. 7 and reknit with No. 6 but same problem. I am not going down to No. 5, I feel it would be too tight.

  28. If you love the fabric on the #7 then stick with it. I would just continue with the 4 yards remaining and it will all work out in Part 3.

  29. I have finished section 1 with a size 7 needle. I still have 4 yards until the color change, however I love the knit/ weight of the piece so far. I am afraid that if I reknit with a larger needle it will seem too loose to me. Suggestions? Cut and “cheat”? Reknit anyway? Thanks for your help.

  30. How does the fabric look on the #9? If it is too loose stick with the #8. You can either cut the yarn or reknit it and leave a longer cast on tail. All of the color changing business will go out the window in Part 3 and everyone will even up the colors at that point. Keep up the good work!

  31. It seems I’m not alone in this issue. I swatched and the US8 was 19inches per 4 inches. On another set of 8s it swatched to about about 19.5 Stitches. So I switched to a size 9 that swatched out to 18 Stitches. With the 8’s I was about 7-9 yards away from the transition. And the US9 it was about 4. Would you suggest going all the way up to a US10? Or maybe the outside of the cake doesn’t transition as quickly as the inside? Not too sure what’s going on.

  32. I feel it is more important to like the looks of the fabric than having the exact yardage remaining. Use a #7 if you like its looks better. Happy knitting!

  33. I’m excited to see how this all develops. The lacing is pretty. This is my first time doing K3TOG TBL and trying to make sure I basically go through 12 strands is tough, but I’m doing it. Yikes. Will we be doing it again in later portions of the shawl?

  34. This is my first KAL. Love how this lace pattern turned out. Can’t wait for the next clue. Thanks for creating this KAL

  35. I am really close to it all working out however I am using a size 8 needle. I think I would like the tension of a size 7. Is this possible or will it totally throw it all off?

  36. Thanks for knitting with me! I would reknit using #7 needles. You do not need to cut the yarn at the color changes because the yarn is quite strong. Keep up the good work!

  37. I am at the end of Section 1 and still have 7 yards of AAAA. I’m on a size 6 needle but by gauge is 19 stitches for 4 inches. Should I keep going with AAAA, or cut it and start Section 2?

    Also, I’m wondering about the joins on the color changes. Are they strong enough to hold or do we have to cut at the color changes and weave in ends?

    Thanks! Can’t wait to continue on.

  38. Michelle, at the end of section 1 the color changed to AAAB just a few stitches before the end of row 52. At the end of section 2 the color changed to AABB near the end of row 74. Will I have enough yarn if I continue with this needle size 8? My first knit along and I love it so far.

  39. Hi- just finished Section 2;
    I have 105 inch (almost 3 yds) Of AAAB remaining … I’m not shocked, since the color didn’t change til start of Row 55.
    Do I need to cut yarn, or OK to just continue on??
    I Love this yarn!!

  40. I have carefully designed this section to work with this pattern. I’m sure one could be substituted but I haven’t tried it. I suggest putting in a lifeline after Section 1 and then working each row of the stated lace pattern at a time.Count and recount. When you have a successful row, stick in another lifeline. You can do it!!!!!

  41. Skacel generously opens the KAL to all knitters with any yarn. Look for a yarn with similar gauge. Of course it will not stripe exactly as Concentric. Good luck!

  42. I am having a horrible time on this lace. I’ve ripped it out 5times. Is there an easier lace pattern I can substitute?!?

  43. Hi Michelle,

    Finally decided on size 6 needle after 7 swatch was too big – it was more like 5×5 plus. Now I have 18-19 st in 4 in and row gauge spot on. I finished Section 1 just about a yard before the color change. Loving the texture and look so far even tho the yarn is very fiddley with the 4 strands. Getting ready to push thru the lace section! Based on previous comments, I’m think I’m good to continue?

  44. I have finished with sections 1 and 2 on size 8 needles. Love this shawl so far but I do have a concern. The last 2 rows of section 2 were with AABB yarn.! Yikes!! Am I going to have enough yarn to finish the shawl?

  45. Michelle,
    At the end of Section 1 I have 3 yards, 7 inches! I am using size 7 needles because my swatch on 8’s was really big and I often go down one size of needles on most projects. Should I just continue or cut a yard or so off?? I’m excited to do this KAL

  46. Michelle did you start from the inside or outside.
    If I start from the inside it will be dark grey.

  47. After finishing row 52 with 54 st. I have about 66in before color change is that
    O .k my size is 6 in by 14 by14 ? I am using size 7 needle.

  48. I used the addi Rockets for their sharp tip and slick metal surface. Needles are so personal that everyone has their own favorites:)

  49. Love this Concept of Concentric!!❤
    Let the Knitting Fun Begin!!!!❤
    Always a pleasure to Knit Along with you Michelle!!
    Knitting Hugs to you,

  50. Michelle, which needle and tip did you find worked best with this yarn? I’ve tried several and so far the old addi lace tip seems to be working (not splitting the yarn)
    Thanks for this pattern—Melanie

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