Gradient Sweater Sets
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 two solutions that cover the gamut.
All-over Gradient Sweater
The sweater that started it for us :) Best used in a top-down, seamless construction, these kits come with one giant gradient for the body, matched gradients for the sleeves and two solid extension skeins; one for the top and one for the bottom of the gradient. We recommend using a solid skein to work until you separate for the sleeves. Attach the giant body skein and work as long as you like, using the second extension if needed. Finally, attach the gradient sleeves and work down for a seamless transition and use the extension if needed for longer sleeves.
Gradient Sleeve/Tonal Body
These 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.
A little housekeeping; we strongly, strongly recommend alternating skeins for the body, and in the transition to the sleeves. While I make every effort for precision there will be variance between skeins and alternating skeins will give you a smoother result. Here's a great resource from a great dyer :)
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 :)