Simply Gradient Kerchief
Designed by our very own Kristen for this extra special Big Beanie Bag, the Gradient Kerchief is knit with 2 strands of yarn held together for a thicker fabric (and quicker knit!). Switching out strands of colors as you knit softens the transition from yarn to yarn, resulting in an ombre-like effect.
This pattern is for an advanced/adventurous beginner and can be worked up in an evening or two! If you like this pattern, be sure to check out other patterns by Kristen - you can find her complete catalog of fabulous knit patterns online in her Marinade Designs Ravelry Store
You can click on the image to download the pattern, or get it here:
Gradient Kerchief .PDF file
Hand-dyed Sock Yarns
We chose some of our favorite hand dyed sock yarns to share with you in this extra special Big Beanie Bag! Sock yarns (also called fingering weight yarns) can be used for all kinds of projects from socks and shawls, to sweaters and baby blankets! A go-to for one-skein projects, gift knitting, and accessories, hand dyed sock yarn most often comes in 100 gram hanks which is enough for an average pair of adult socks, a smaller shawl or scarf, or other extremity covers like gloves and hats!
The perks? Fingering weight yarn knits up into a thin, lightweight fabric that often resembles machine-knit fabrics you might find at a department store.
The catch? Fingering weight yarn is thin! Which means you need to use smaller diameter needles if you want a solid fabric (i.e., not sheer or loosely stitched). It may take longer to knit the same amount of fabric than a thicker yarn, but the finished product is totally worth it!
Knitting Lore: A pair of hand knit socks is rumored to have about the same number of stitches as a sweater knit in a heavier gauge yarn!
Tosh Merino Light (often referred to as TML) is a squishy single ply yarn from the hand dyeing rock stars at Madelinetosh. One full hank of TML has 420 yards of soft superwash merino. This popular yarn base is also available in 52 yard mini hanks called Unicorn Tails and comes in dozens of Tosh's bestselling colorways - this is what you've got in your Big Beanie Bag!
To try colors not available in Unicorn Tails, we also have TML Samples, which are hand wound 20 yard mini-balls we wind here at the shop!
What to knit with Tosh Merino Light:
One of the first yarns we ever carried at Jimmy Beans Wool, Shepherd Sock is a classic blend of superwash merino and nylon which makes it sturdy, soft, and machine washable! Hand dyed in tonal and variegated colorways by our friends at Lorna's Laces, this yarn comes with 435 yards per 100g skein.
Make something amazing with Shepherd Sock:
Hand painted in Canada, KPPPM stands for Koigu Premium Painter's Palette Merino. Koigu is known for their unique hand painting dye process which results in stunning colorways. The KPPPM yarn base is a bouncy plied merino that comes in 50 gram hanks of 175 yards. The Demi Skein in your Big Beanie Bag is half the size of a normal hank of of KPPPM and was specially made just for this bag!
If semi-solids are more your jam, or you're looking for something to balance one of the wilder KPPPM colorways for your next project, check out the tonal tones of KPM! We also have Mini Skeinette Grab Bags which contain twenty 11 yard mini skeins of KPPPM and KPM.
Knit or crochet something truly one-of-a-kind from one of Koigu's Magazines and Books: