ISO Gradient Yarn Patterns
In my April 18 post about the search for knitting and crochet projects worthy of your handspun gradient yarns, I promised to round up a few pattern suggestions. Sometimes it can be challenging to envision how a gradient yarn will look in a particular pattern, so a great way to get inspired is to start by checking out gradient groups. Two of my favorites are the Fiber Optic Fans group on Ravelry or #gradientyarn on Instagram. I find that a digital stroll through finished gradient projects makes the pattern search for your beautiful skeins easier.
Sometimes a few modifications can help your gradient work for a pattern. I just finished my Aurelia Cowl—such a quick knit! This pattern had stockinette bands between lace sections, so I decided to use a grey Shetland yarn to break up the gradient. This meant that I would end up with too much gradient yardage, so I added a pattern repeat to the body of the cowl, resulting in a capelet shape. I love it!
Use What You Have
Some patterns are easier than others to omit the last pattern repeat or add ten extra rows to use up your gradient skein.
Sometimes a gradient punctuated by stripes of a solid color makes the gradient shifts more alluring. Look for patterns that include stripes—or add them yourself (as I did with the Aurelia Cowl).
This Way Up
Gradient yarns stripe; they might be wide or narrow stripes depending on the length of the rows you are working. (Or change directions and watch the colors shift.)
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