October 13, 2015
I feel like I’m seeing gradients everywhere just now, in new yarns, designs and in knitters yarn choices. I love them, and they’re a great way to introduce different colours into a project that might be a little too patterned to work with a variegated yarn but where you want something more subtle than striping. Its even possible to make your own, this tutorial from Laura Nelkin is something I’m looking forward to trying! So for today, here a few of my favourite Ysolda projects, using gradients.
Margotchien’s Hap Blanket is so striking. Her colour choices are wonderful and changing the centre to a single colour shows off the gradient even more.
Aaaaah! Here is Peridragon’s little one, delightfully modelling a wee Liesl, which I promise you, may be one of the fastest baby sweaters to knit of all time. She also knit a matching adult version that you can admire here!
There are some really stunning versions of Little Birds and its a great pattern for playing around with colour combinations. Camounjazz’s version with gradient birds is amazing!
The colour shifts in the gradient mstephanie2 used for her Pear Drop work so well with the pattern, giving a dramatic centre and a subtly changing border.
Saterdalen’s Marin shows how well a gradient can work on a side-to-side shawl, so beautiful and cheery!
We love to see your knits, both newly finished and out in the wild, so feel free to use the #ysolda on twitter and instagram so we can admire your work! And the Amazing FOs Pinterest board is a great place to look if you’re searching for even more inspiration.
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Learn brioche with the free Daniel's Hat pattern
Tombreck - a free chevron beanie pattern
Working the brioche neck detail on the Polwarth sweater
Decorative Channel Island Cast-on
3 Easy Stretchy Bind-offs (p2tog bind-off; k2togtbl, k1 bind-off; Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind-off)
Tubular Bind-off for brioche stitch
Paired increase methods compared
How to work into double yarn overs
Brioche stitch double decreases
How to Knit in the round using Magic Loop
How to Knit in the round using DPNs
Avoiding ears when binding off
Tighter purl stitches for neater cables and ribbing
Cabling without a cable needle
Understanding "continue in pattern"
Joining the body and sleeves on a seamless bottom up sweater
How to pick a garment without a model for you (specifically addresses finding garment patterns when your gender identity isn't represented and the styles you want to knit might not be sized to fit your body)
How does ease affect inclusive size ranges?
Identifying and fixing mistakes in lace knitting
Getting started with stranded colourwork
Understanding colour dominance
Working stranded colourwork over small circumferences
Decreases in stranded colourwork
Holding the yarn for stranded colourwork
Ladderback Jacquard (a neat way to deal with long floats)
Cabling without a cable needle
Cabling without a cable needle on the wrong side
How to knit cabled decreases
Closed ring cable increases and decreases
How to work brioche stitch in the round
How to begin your first large cross stitch project
How to finish a cross stitch project with an embroidery hoop frame
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