Faded Featherweight

If you’re at all plugged in to the fiber world, you’ve no doubt seen the explosion of the fading trend popularized by Andrea Mowry, designer of the Find Your Fade Shawl. I myself have completed both a Fade Shawl and a So Faded Sweater by Miss Mowry.



fade shawl
My enormous Find Your Fade Shawl.

The new fading trend is wonderful in that you can use the technique in essentially any other knitting project. What I love about fading is that it allows me to use my stash of single skeins of gorgeous colorways from indie dyers in a single project. Rather than needing a sweater quantity of just one colorway, you can mix and match and enjoy a variety of colors in a larger project.

Faded Featherweight blocking, before cutting the steek.

This is what I have done with my Featherweight Cardigan, a pattern by Hannah Fettig. I was able to use four different colorways: three from Yarn Cafe Creations, and one from Everyday Yarnworks, both on Etsy (affiliate links).

After steeking.

I did modify the pattern by adding a steek, which allowed me to knit in the round for the body, rather than knitting flat. I’m not the worlds biggest fan of purling long rows, truth be told. I also knit the body a few inches longer than is called for by the pattern, just for personal preference. As an exceedingly short person, I believe (possibly incorrectly) that longer garments elongate my petite figure.

Finished, steeked cardigan.

Overall, this was a joy to knit. I find that fading multiple colorways can be very motivating. Whereas with a plain stockinette pattern in one color may become monotonous, this project was exciting. I was always eager to get to the next color and see how they played together.

I highly recommend all three patterns: the Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, the Find Your Fade Shawl and the So Faded Sweater by Andrea Mowry.

I hope you have enjoyed this entry in the diary of HalesBee Handmade. For more details on the yarns and needles I used, see my project page on Ravelry.

Love from HalesBee

Hi Friends!


I’m Haleigh, the dyer and maker behind HalesBee Handmade on Etsy. I’m a lover of yarn, an obsessed knitter, and I’m starting this little blog as a way to continue exploring my creative ambitions.

I live in North Carolina near Raleigh with my husband and our tiny dogs. I dye my yarn in my very own little kitchen and dry it in the North Carolina sunshine on the front porch. My craft room and home office is bursting with yarn, beads, cross stitch supplies and my many various crafting exploits. It is from here that I begin my blog, a diary of yarny goodness and hand making.

Part of my intent in this blog is to find a way to be more connected to the knitting and crafting community. I’ve always been amazed by how supportive and kind the members of this wide crafting community are, particularly in a virtual world that is often ugly and unwelcoming. My hope is to provide content that will entertain, inform, and most importantly, enable fellow knitters, crafters and makers wherever you may be.

So thank you to all who give my little knitty dream a look. Happy knitting and crafting!

Love from HalesBee



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