Rainbow Ripples: Kits: Zauberball 100 + Mohair-Silk

Price: $71.00
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Mittelland + Skydive : Kit A will have one ball of Mittelland and 3 balls of Skydive.
Mittelland + Skydive : Kit A will have one ball of Mittelland and 3 balls of Skydive.
Fruhbluher + Eggplant Shades: Kit B will have one ball of Fruhbluher and 2 of Eggplant Shades.
Fruhbluher + Eggplant Shades: Kit B will have one ball of Fruhbluher and 2 of Eggplant Shades.
Ute's original piece
Ute's original piece

Two of my favorite things combine here: brioche knitting + colors!  And add a third: the very clear pattern-writing of Ute Nawratil

Here we have put together kits for knitting her new Rainbow Ripples.

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Be sure to get the pattern directly from Ute's Ravelry page here.  Our kits are composed of yarn only ..... ah, but such yarn....

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The Design

Here is what the designer writes:

’Rainbow Ripples’ starts as a circle and then becomes a not-entirely-triangular scarf by adding the side wings.

The construction eliminates the need to bind off endless long rows at the end. Instead, you always have a relatively small number of stitches on the needles, and they keep getting less and less.

The pattern itself is an alternation of two-color stockinette brioche and short rows.

The Yarn and Colorways

We did not duplicate exactly the yarns that Ute used in her original. 

She wrote: For the optical “wow” impression, one of the two yarns should, of course, have a color gradient. In the original sample shawl I used two fingering weight yarns (400 m / 100 g). For a more summery variant of the shawl you can work with different yarn weights; beautiful effects can be achieved when using mohair or lace yarn for the solid color.

So what we put together is two different weight yarns, one the loooooong color runs of Zauberball 100 and the other a delicious mohair/silk blend.  You can see them in the inset photo top picture and again below that.

Both kits use Zauberball 100, which is composed of 100% superwash merino, and has 437 yards(400 meters)  per 100g ball.  The colors are rich and deep and give long stretches of a hue before gradually changing into the next.  In fact, two balls of the same colorway can look dramatically different than another depending simply on where in the color run it starts. 

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Kit A:

1. One ball of Zauberball 100 : Mittelland (translates as Midland), a strikingly beautiful combination of colors.  I see purple and violet and fuchsia, green and olive and spring green,

2.  Three balls of Ella Rae Silky Kid, 76% super kid mohair + 24% silk, with 219 yards (200m)/ 25g ball. This colorway is called Skydive and is a pale sky-ish blue, sort of the color of sky-plus-clouds on a sunny summer day. 

Three balls will give you more than enough for the contrast yarn in a color that does not repeat in the Zauberball while still looking very fine together.

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Kit B:

1.    The one ball of Zauberball 100 is called Fruhbluher (translates to Early Bloomer) with deep Capri blue that blends into violetand then magenta and fuchsia.  Rich and cool.

2. The silk/mohair blend is a new one from Lana Grossa, Silkhair Haze Degrade, with 460 yards (425m)/ 50g. The colorway is called Eggplant Shades, a colorway with very gradually changing depths of a lovely red-violet.  In order to have enough yardage, we are including two balls of this yarn in each kit.

Note that Kit B is more expensive than Kit A.  The additional cost can be seen on the drop-down menu where you choose your kit.

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Do be sure to look at the Project Pages to get an idea of how different colors and textures of yarn come together.  Interestingly, this one also used Silkhair Haze Degrade as the contrast yarn though in different color.

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