Starting about a year ago we've been working on the best way to get gradients onto sweater; but it presents its own challenges. How do we make it size-inclusive? What if someone prefers to knit in pieces and then seam? What about sideways or unusual construction? How to we handle colour-work? We've been plugging away on it, and I think we've arrived at the winner.
The new sweater kits come with two gradients, for the sleeves, and a set of tonal skeins for the body, matched to one end of the gradient. We definitely recommend that you alternate skeins while working; both when creating the body and when changing over to the sleeves for the smoothest possible transition. This approach allows knitters to access the full range of sweater options, without being restricted to top-down in-the-round patterns.
The tonal body skeins provide a neutral canvas, for colourwork yokes. The sleeves add that pop of colour that is contemporary without being overwhelming. Spending lots of time on sleeves island? There's nothing like a constantly shifting colourway to keep you going :) If you prefer to use customfit or seamed projects you no longer need to worry about the gradient breaking up as you work. If you want to work bottom up you don't need to guess at where in the gradient the sleeves need to start. It takes the calculations out of how to use your kit and allows you to just pick a pattern and go.
All information on this page is gleaned from the pattern pages on Ravelry. Please visit the original pattern page via the links below for reference photos of the project and more information about each of these wonderful and talented designers!
We hope this helps clarify what's included in each kit, how the kits work, and how to figure out the best size for your project! We definitely recommend having a pattern in mind first to assist with knowing which kit to get, but as you can see each kit covers a fairly broad range of sizes depending on the pattern chosen :)