Gravitating Toward Gradients!

For some reason, I’ve really been into gradients lately. There’s something about watching colors flow from light to dark or vice versa that makes me sigh in satisfaction. And, since it’s summer, I’ve been thinking of how to work gradients into my summer crochet projects.

Last summer, my goal was to make my first crocheted garment, which I accomplished with the Juanita Top by Kathleen Power Johnson. That garment, however, wasn’t fitted, so this summer’s goal is to make a fitted garment. After looking through the archives, I’ve decided on the Sweetgrass Top by Annette Petavy.

Full View of the Sweetgrass Crochet Top by Annette Petavy

The Sweetgrass Crochet Top ranks as a #2 concentration level, so it shouldn’t be too hard to complete over the course of the summer. With the pattern being pretty straightforward I think it would be perfect for experimenting with a gradient color palette! Maybe I’ll use blues, starting with the darkest color at the bottom and working toward the lightest color at the top. Or I might introduce a variegated yarn with a solid to give more visual interest. I haven’t decided yet.

Close up of the stitches of the Sweetgrass Crochet Top

I can’t wait to get started; but in the meantime, here are the pattern details in case you want to make it, too!

Edging Sweetgrass Crochet TopFinished Size: 35 (37, 42, 45¾, 50¾)” bust circumference. Garment shown measures 35″, modeled with 3″ ease.

Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Fingering (75% pima cotton, 25% acrylic; 218 yd [199 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #24829 honeydew, 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) balls. Yarn distributed by Crafts Americana.

Yarn Weight: #1 – Super Fine

HOOK: Size 3 mm. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle.

Gauge: 22 sts = 4″; 10 rows = 3½” in st patt.

Originally Published: Interweave Crochet Spring 2012

What color palette are you into right now? Do you like gradients as much as I do? Please let me know in the comments! I can’t wait to hear from you!

Happy Stitching!
Susanna


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