FO: I Found My Fade

Well it took a few weeks and there were several mistakes but I found my fade in the Find Your Fade shawl. Sorry for the grainy pic but I wanted to take a panoramic photo on phone so I could get it all in. This baby is HUGE.
Part of what drew me in to the Find Your Fade shawl was the ability to really go crazy with color. Clearly color is my wheelhouse and I was excited to give it a try. In addition, I got gauge on the project using size 6 needles and not the suggested size 4’s. Anything below a 5 really gets uncomfortable to me so I was even happier to try it when I could use at least a size 6 needle. I had an idea of what I wanted but kind of threw it out the window and popped over to Fibre Space to see what color combos I could create on the fly. I knew I had a skein of highlighter yellow that I’d had for a long time that I wanted to use and the bright sapphire blue from my Mom’s sweater I wanted to incorporate. Everything else was up for grabs. In the end my finals colors were (from right to left):

  • Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Edison Bulb
  • Hedgehog Fibres in Genie
  • Hedgehog Fibres in Fly
  • The Lemonade Shop Mighty Sock in Charm Bomb
  • Periwinkle Sheep Watercolor Sock in Sapphire
  • Hedgehog Fibres in Dragonfly
  • Hedgehog Fibres in Sorry Not Sorry

Find Your Fade finished
I should note that I was not perfect at all with this pattern but it’s super forgiving (…and yes I got new glasses). My numbers were typically off on my stitch count due to the double yarnovers in the lace pattern but it was easy to adjust or do a different row in the lace depending on the amount of stitches I had at the end. I also didn’t do as many repeats because I didn’t have as much of the sapphire blue as I needed to I adjusted and made some places bigger and by the time I got to my last color I was ready to just bind-off. I’ve also noticed where some have a smooth check style I have a little bit of a hard turn near the end by the middle spine. I don’t care. You can’t see all that little mistakes when it’s wrapped up around you. And man, you can really wrap yourself up in this bad boy.
Find Your Fade finished
It’s also so big I didn’t have to hide Jellybean’s crate when I was snapping quick pics before work. LOL
I finished it on Friday and it was dry and ready to wear on Saturday so I did! I was able to snag tickets to the Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshorn and wore it there. What an awesome exhibit. Mistakes and all I’m really happy about this piece. It’s a light weight wrap that’s kind of perfect for this time of year when the morning’s are chilly and my office is freezing. I will happily wear this and show of all my hard work.

Has anyone else knit a Find Your Fade shawl? If you did share a link to your blog post or Ravelry post so I can see yours too!

22 Replies to “FO: I Found My Fade”

  1. wow!! absolutely beautiful! I have been looking at all the people knitting these, one of my fav knitting shops had a knit along at beginning of year on them.. I was a little intimidated on them but I think I will give it a go and try to use some of my stash on it!! great job

    1. Don’t be intimidated. It’s such a simple knit. It’s a lot of garter stitch and then a simple lace pattern that you’ll memorize. I just suck sometimes at dropping the second half of a double yarnover, otherwise it might’ve been perfect. But the mistakes I made aren’t noticeable at all.

  2. Now, you’re making me want to knit this!! 🙂

    1. I’m all about peer pressure. LOL Do it! Do it!! I honestly saw so many good ones that I decided I wanted one for myself. It’s a good mindless knit in between projects.

  3. I’m really short, and have been wondering if this pattern would simply engulf me. What do you think? Am I right that you’re not a tall person? It’s really gorgeous… Peer pressure works!

    1. I’m not tall, barely 5ft 4 inches and this is big but it’s also easy enough that you could stop it and not do all the repeats or make it as long.

  4. What great pics DWJ!!! I especially love the pic of you and ‘your Fade’ in the color bubble room! What an explosion of color!!! Totally you! 😉

  5. Shawl looks great! But I will resist the urge, at least for now. I’ve got a couple of big projects on the needles, and it’s the end of the term, which means work, work, work. I’m hoping that soon enough I’ll have more time to knit, knit, knit. Glasses are sharp!

    1. I was a little worried at first that the glasses might be too much and then I said to myself, when have I ever worried about anything being too much? LOL

  6. Holy Hannah that thing is huge! Way to go on finishing it – love the colours and how it turned out!

    Heh, I’m new around here. Hi! Love your polka-dot room? So amazingly colourful!!!

  7. So glad I found your blog while I searched through the FYF pattern stuff. Yours is a doozy! Love it. And I love that you adjusted as you went. That gives me confidence.

    1. Yay! And welcome! And don’t let the fade intimidate you. It’s big in size but really just a lot of garter stitch. You can do it!

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