The Joker and the Thief/ Gradiance Sets Dyed by TUS

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Twilight Set: Galaxy Light Gradiance plus Twilight Purple
Twilight Set: Galaxy Light Gradiance plus Twilight Purple
Wyvern Set: Wyvern Special Gradiance plus Wyvern Green
Wyvern Set: Wyvern Special Gradiance plus Wyvern Green
Melanie's original shawl
Melanie's original shawl

This design was truly love at first sight. 

There is something about the way the color bands come together and the shape forms which to my eye makes Melanie Berg's The Joker and the Thief really sing to me. 

The Design

Here is how Melanie (aka Mairlynd) describes the shawl: 

Broad bands of gradient color dance with moody gray across this asymmetrical triangular shawl, creating soft transitions between mystery and mirth.

The narrow stripes are a sinuously woven stitch that sends its ripples out through the wider garter stripes.

Oh yum!


The Yarn

The yarn we offer for our kits is not the same as what Melanie used in her original.  Nor are the colorways the same.  You can see our kits in the inset photos on the top picture and again right below that.

The other photos are of Melanie's original piece and are there so you can see the design.  This pattern as knit by others in different yarns and colorways can be seen on these Project Pages and are very worthwhile perusing. 

The kits are hand-dyed by Kelly of The Unique Sheep.  The yarn is Verve, a 100% superwash merino, which takes dye colors quite vividly and shows stitch work beautifully. 

Each kit will consist of a set of 6 "skeinettes", each 130 yards/ 32 grams, dyed in a gradually changing Gradiance colorway. Plus a fatter 400 yard/100 gram skein of a solid yarn, chosen to contrast dramatically with the others and serve as the transition bands. 

The Colorways

Kelly and I worked together to come up with striking color mixes in Gradiance sets for this design and I am delighted with these:

  • Based on our signature Twilight colorway plus a bit of TUS's Galaxy, the six skeins gradually change from a soft pale gray into deeper and deepr shades of charcoal until the last skein mixes with an almost-black.  The contrast solid color skein is a rich deep royal purple. 
  • This is a variation on our Wyvern's Lair with the striking peacock colors forming the Gradiance 6-skein set: green to teal to blue to purple.  And the contrast solid color skein is a vivid spring green.   (Sorry, sold out)


The Pattern

This pattern is totally written out; no charts at all.

The kit will not automatically include the pattern. I know some knitters prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Melanie via her Ravelry web page. In that case, set the Pattern drop-down menu to "No Pattern Needed."

Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy, please make sure the drop-down menu is set to that.

We also can email the pattern to you via email (just be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you and generally do that right before shipping your kit). Just make sure that drop-down menu is set as you would like before you check out.

So make your color choices and settle down to a stunning knitting experience.