Shift Your Knits by Larissa Brown

Shift Your Knits

October 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch, blocked
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
950 - 1100 yards (869 - 1006 m)
Wingspan: 62”/157.5 cm; back depth: 30”/76 cm
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Dragonfly Fibers offers kits in their gorgeous Djinni Sock. Or your own combination of Djinni colors would make an amazing shift.

What is a shift?

I invite you to grab five colors of delicious fingering weight yarn and make your own shift!

It’s a color progression that plays with hue, light and texture.

By cycling through five colorways, each juxtaposed with the next in a series of Garter and Stockinette rows, you will create little optical illusions that shift and change with light and angles.

A shift works because colors look very different depending on what’s around them. What looks like pale lavender in the skein, might appear to be an icy gray when laid against a green background. A color that looks like navy blue in Stockinette, might morph into dark grape when it’s worked in Garter ridges and placed near a hot pink.

Unlike a fade, a shift requires colors that contrast with one another, within an overall pleasing progression.

And unlike many fades, the first and last colors of a shift will be used directly next to each other. For example, a shift might progress from silver-and dark-purple, to a silvery-green sheen, like the shawl shown in the photos.

What’s the collection?

Five designs -- all shawls, wraps and cowls - published through June 2018. Buy today, and you’ll receive:

  • Shift Your Knits
  • Shift Cowl - an easy, squishy endless shifting pattern
  • Shift Shawl - a triangular version of this color technique
  • A fourth pattern in the coming months *** And an MKAL in early 2018!**


To choose colors, place five yarns in a circle, arranging them so that they provide contrasting light and dark or cold and warm elements. The first color should work well with the last, since they will end up together for the final shawl section.

The shawl shown uses 5 colors of Dragonfly Fibers Djinni, a merino, cashmere, nylon, fingering weight mix with 420 yards to 100 grams. Shown in:

A: Silver Fox (100 gr)
B: Heliotrope (80 gr)
C: Jocelyn (75 gr)
D: Icelandic Skies (75 gr)
E: Zombie Apocalypse (50 gr).

When choosing yarns, note that one complete 100-gram skein is needed for color A. When substituting a different fingering weight yarn, note the amounts needed and the yards-to-grams for the yarn you are using.

Color note: The shawl is worked from the bottom up. Think of Color A as the one that will be the bottom edge.