Coastal Gradient


Coastal Gradient is the fingering-weight version of my worsted-weight On the Horizon pattern and perfect for mini-skein sets. It is knit lengthwise (working back and forth on a circular needle), and features 6 different sections of stripes using 6 gradient colors (although less colors can be used too). Once complete, stitches are picked up on either end to create button bands. The finished piece looks like a scarf (and can be worn that way too if you prefer), but you can also wrap it around your neck and then button to secure in place to wear as a cowl.

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Gauge: approx. 5.5 sts = 1” in St st (although it’s fingering-weight yarn, it is knit on a US 5 for a looser gauge)

Yarn: Fingering-weight yarn, broken out as follows: 

Main Color (MC): Approx 360 yds, shown in Victory Fingering by Knitted Wit (100% Superwash Merino; 113g = 380 yds), 1 skein, Naked). 

Contrasting Colors (CC): Approx 30 yds for each of 6 contrasting colors, shown in Gumballs Fingering by Knitted Wit (100% Superwash Merino; 45 yds per skein), shown in colors: Prussian Blue [CC1] 

  • Blue [CC2]
  • Royal Blue [CC3]
  • Birdie Blue [CC4]
  • Glacial Pace [CC5]
  • Icebreak [CC6] 

Note: You can also use a 5-pack of mini skeins if you don’t have a 6-pack. When making such a substitution, simply work 1 extra repeat in each of the stripe sections (and omit section 6). 

Because the suggested gumballs yarn has been discontinued, here are some other  great options (or check with your LYS!):

  • Dirty Water Dyeworks Gradient Bundle using her Lillian yarn. Click here and scroll all the way to the bottom to the “Gradient Bundle” section.
  • Manos del Uruguay Fino Mini Skeins. Click here for details.
  • Wonderland Yarns Chesire Cat Mini Skein pack. Click here for details.

Needles and other supplies:

  • US 5/3.75 mm 32”/80 cm circ, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • US 4/3.5 mm 24”/60 cm circ, or 1 needle size smaller than that used to obtain gauge.
  • 6 removable stitch markers (for buttonhole placement)
  • 6 buttons, 5/8” in size
  • Tapestry needle or crochet hook to weave in ends