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.

Clockwise from top right, Anne Podlesak’s Waterfall Shawl in Spin Off Spring 2014; Starry Night Shawl by Sheryl Thies; Spirit Lake Shawl by Jessica Anderson. width=

Add Contrast

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).

gradient yarns: Clockwise from top left: Ship That Shawl by Megi Bruci; Buttercream Shawl by Annette Petavy; and Sideways Ripples Shawl by Kyoko Nakayoshi.

Clockwise from top left: Ship That Shawl by Megi Bruci; Buttercream Shawl by Annette Petavy; and Sideways Ripples Shawl by Kyoko Nakayoshi.

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.)

Clockwise from top left: Ananas Shawl by Zsuzsanna Makai; Rainbow Entrelac Cowl by Darla J. Fanton; Little Triangle Scarf by Cecily Glowik MacDonald.

Clockwise from top left: Ananas Shawl by Zsuzsanna Makai; Rainbow Entrelac Cowl by Darla J. Fanton; Little Triangle Scarf by Cecily Glowik MacDonald.

— Kate


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