A most interesting knit by Ursa Major Knits, Switchback is a wonderful way to play with color!
Here is what Chris, the awesome designer, writes:
Switchback is not only the British word for a roller coaster and the American word for a serpentine road, it is also the name of my new design. Waves and curves have always been a huge inspiration in my work. Switchback combines four tiers of rolling bends to create a really cozy shawl.
Switchback can be knitted with all kinds of yarn as long as you are able to distinguish the four different tiers. You can use two solids or two semi solids. You can also use yarns with a color gradient. I knitted two versions with very long gradients, so the tiers are clearly distinguishable. I also knitted one version with a shorter gradient which worked well.
The Yarn and Colorways
We did not put together kits using the same yarn that Chris used in her original. She writes:
Depending on the yarn weight, the tightness of your stitches, and the size you want to knit the amount of yarn you will need will vary. You should have at least 750 yards available. Switchback has a waxing and a waning part. Therefore, it can be knitted with every weight. Simply knit the waxing part until you have reached half of the desired length and then start with the waning part.
So I looked for a gradiently dyed yarn with four colors that are clearly distinguishable and found it in Skacel's Concentric Cotton. Of 100% Pima Cotton, you get 929 yards per 200 gram cake. So one cake of yarn will give you enough for sure.
To make a larger size, you would need two.
1. Aquatic is a lovely colorway that sings of the sea with a pale turquoise going into go into aqua into teal.
2. Pastel Pop starts out deep and rich with teal into wine and then lightens up with sky blue and pink.
The cost of the pattern has not been included in the price of this kit. There are a number of ways you can get the pattern for this.
Many knitters like to get theirs directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Chris via her Ravelry web page. Then you will automatically get any updates and also have a copy saved in your Rav library. In that case, set the Pattern drop-down menu to "No Pattern Needed."
If you decide that you would prefer a printed copy we can do that. Please make sure the drop-down menu is set to that. The pattern has both a charted version and a written version and combined they mean 78 pages. Hence the printed copy in this case is more costly.
We also can email the pattern to you (please 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.