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It Might Be a Hat

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 01:24
Well, it was quite a wrestling match, but finally it's come to an end. I have what might be a hat ... or possibly a potholder. In this quick (unblocked) shot, it's a bit difficult to tell, isn't it?


I was ready to frog this fiasco, but I decided I might as well see it through to the end. Things began to look a bit more promising when I tacked the seam ends together.


This simple adaptation made a real difference, and revealed a surprising bonus. The hat looks cute worn with the black trim facing front or back.


And for more good news, it also works with the seams tracking straight up the sides and meeting at the crown. 



The slipped stitch fabric is delightfully plush, the yarn is soft, and the color will be heartwarming on a cold winter's day. What can I say? After the frustrations that have plagued this project, it's gratifying to have a finished piece that's actually wearable.


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Still Hatless

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 17:01
As part of the annual month-long Stash Knit Down Hatathon, I committed to making one or two hats. Easy peasy, right?

Well, this low-ball commitment has turned out to be quite a challenge. I don't knit hats often, but I've made more than a few and swatched this simple slip stitch multiple times, so I felt confident things were under control. Wrong! 

In an effort to get a very basic hat underway, I have over the course of the past week or so cast on five times, and somehow, I've managed to make every newbie mistake in the book. Twice, I cast on the wrong number of stitches. I've also chosen the wrong needle size, knit a basic ribbed edge that didn't work, and in one case, cheerfully knit along for some time before I realized I'd miscalculated the finished dimensions.

Between the gnashing of teeth and the croaking of frogs as I ripped, ripped, ripped one false start after another, knitting sessions were anything but quiet and peaceful. 

More than a week after I started, I'm still hatless. There's yet another attempt on the needles now, and while I very much hope this version will work, that remains to be seen!


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FO | Colsie Lake Gradient Mitts

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 21:39
Over the holidays, I managed to finish another quick pair of  Colsie fingerless mitts, worked in a simple three-stage tonal gradient. I delayed this FO post, hoping to get better photos. But between cloudy skies and the demands of life and work, it just may not happen, so let's work with what we've got.

The mitts feature the super-delectable Grignasco Champagne in shades of lake, which is more green, and teal, which has decided blue tones. The colors are so closely related, it's a challenge to spot the transition, but the swatch below shows it best: 



The first section is lake, the last is teal, and the center portion features alternating stripes of both. This creates a subtle ombre effect that flows imperceptibly from green to blue-green to teal. As a result, the mitts go nicely with the Colsie Mirror Gradient Cowl-Scarf, which expands my wearing options.


Colsie Lake Gradient Mitts
Pattern: In development
Yarn: Champagne (Grignasco)
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)
Yardage: ~90 yards

This yarn is one of my favorites. It knits up beautifully and thanks to the superfine merino and silk blend, the fabric has a soft sheen and feels like a dream. Technically, the yarn hasn't been discontinued, but it's difficult to track down, so if you find some, grab it. 






With one afghan on the needles, another in the finishing stage and multiple patterns in the pipeline, there's plenty of knitting-related tasks clamoring for attention, so I'm off to see if I can make some headway on these other fronts.



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Clean Slate

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 16:12
I very much wanted to start this year with as close to a clean slate as possible. So with that goal in mind, I made a difficult but logical decision to allow Herlacyn to hibernate while I cranked out a handful of quick holiday knits and focused on finishing a cluster of scarves, cowls and mitts.

Now, the time has come to wake Herlacyn from its winter slumber and bring this project to completion. When last you saw it, it was seamed and ready for a border.




That work is now well underway, and with a bit of time and attention, the border will soon be completed. 

To minimize the amount of finishing required, I've been weaving most (but not all) ends as I go. 



The bad news? This tends to slow down my already slow knitting speed. The good news? In theory, once the borders are worked there will be just a few remaining ends to tackle. Then I'll have my first major finished project for the new year, and that will be a very good feeling, indeed.


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Close Call

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 23:19
As a fiber fanatic of the first order, I had a close call this week.

A friend contacted me with a nearly irresistible opportunity. A friend of hers had discovered 30 or more skeins of yarn that had belonged to her mother. The friend knew I was a knitter, so if I was interested, I could have it all, no strings attached.

This was a truly generous offer, and as an added bonus, the yarn appeared to be wool and featured some of my favorite colors.


Frankly, the timing couldn't have been better. I'd just reorganized my stash cupboards (more on that another day) and wouldn't you know it? The reorg was so effective, I had plenty of empty containers and clear shelf space ready for an infusion of new yarn. 



Need I say it? The temptation was strong, because much like nature, stash cupboards abhor a vacuum.


Luckily, a glimmer of common sense began to break through the heady prospect of fresh yarn. Some rather intensive sleuthing revealed several important facts. Produced in Sweden, the yarn was indeed 100% wool with a tight twist and sturdy but prickly hand. It was spun as rug yarn and designed for weaving or tapestry work, not hand knitting.

In the end, it was indeed a close call - like many makers, I find fiber in all its forms is so very tantalizing - but this yarn needs to go to someone who can help it find its proper destiny.


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Is This the One?

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 22:15
It's difficult to believe, but over the course of the past year, I've worked more than 25 swatches in an effort to find The Right Stitch for an afghan design that's been rattling around in my head and portfolio for several years. 


We all know I'm not a flashy knitter, but I can be a bit finicky. For this design, I wanted a stitch that created a fabric that was attractive on both sides (of course!). Something that offered a bit of texture and handled color well, but was still easy to work (naturally). Something that looked good in a wide range of yarn weights from sport to bulky. (Not all stitches handle such variances well.) 

Several times, I thought I'd found The One, but on further experimentation realized it wasn't quite right. I've shared a few of these with you in the past.



For a time, I was particularly enamored with the syncopated effect produced by this stitch combo.
In the end, it wasn't the best match for this project, but it will eventually find its way into another.

To date, I've knit way more than 200 yards in pursuit of that elusive creature, The Right Stitch, and it's possible I've finally landed on one that could work. The right side is attractive ...



and the back is, too.




Is this the one? Let me know what you think.



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FO | Nearly Neutral Kintra Cowl-Scarf

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 11:30
Clearly, it's impossible to have too many handknits this winter. There's snow on the ground, more is on the way, and it's so cold here, we've been breaking temperature records (some of which date back to the 1800s) almost daily.
Between the frigid temps and my vow to make better use of the many shrine-of-precious yarns that reside in my stash, I've been diligently transforming sumptuous skeins into cowls, scarves or a mix of both (cowl-scarf).


At the same time, I've been striving to create pieces that coordinate with my favorite fingerless mitts in order to build coordinating sets.


Last week, therefore, I focused on finishing this cowl. It features a five-stage gradient, so colorwise, it mimics the mitts on a grander scale:
  • Section 1: Black
  • Section 2: Black and grey
  • Section 3: Grey
  • Section 4: Grey and cream
  • Section 5: Cream
I know all-enveloping scarves and cowls are the trend, but I prefer a narrow profile, which for me is less overwhelming and more versatile. Much like the Colsie cowl, therefore, I chose to work this flat with small buttonholes so it can be worn closed like a cowl, open like a scarf, or twisted and draped in different configurations. 


Kintra Reversible Cowl / Scarf
Pattern: In development
Yarn: Tajmahal (Filatura Cervinia & GGH), Charlemont (Valley Yarns)
Needles: US 8 (5 mm)
Yardage: ~400 yards
Dimensions: 4 x 45 ins

This blend of superfine merino, silk and cashmere is delightfully soft, knits up beautifully, and looks good even in its unblocked state, as it is here. The reversible rounded rib is plush and stretchy, and the finished fabric offers the perfect balance of warmth without excessive weight. Plus, the neutral shades blend seamlessly with my equally neutral wardrobe, while the small band of red adds a spark of color.
In other words, I'm so enamored with this cowl right now, I'm ready to make another. All I need to do is spend some quality time with my stash, choose the right yarn and cast on.


Looking for the Kintra Cowl pattern? It's in development and will soon be ready to send to the tech editor.


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FOs | 2017 in Review

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 11:30
Whew! This year has been a whirlwind of activity on the work-life front. Knitting and designing often took a back seat, so days and sometimes weeks passed with little or no knitting at all. 

As a result, I often focused on smaller projects like cowls, mitts and shawls, but I somehow managed to complete three lap-sized afghans as well. Here's a quick roundup of my 2017 FOs. (Just click the links to see the related project post, but some FOs are so fresh, they've not yet been featured.)


Accessories

Colsie Mirror Gradient Cowl-Scarf



Colsie Lake Gradient Mitts



Colsie Mirror Gradient Mitts



Colsie Green Gradient Mitts



Colsie Plumberry Gradient Mitts


Colsie Rose Gradient Mitts


Colsie Tonal Gradient Mitts


Grey Daze Mitts & Shawl



Kintra Nearly Neutral Cowl-Scarf



Afghans

Tikkyn Flagstone



Valere Summer Rainbow




Valere Vivid Rainbow


Holidays

Christmas Trees Merry & Bright

Patterns

While the Valere Reversible Afghan was the only pattern released this year, there are several in near-final form. They'll be ready for release once they've been thoroughly tech edited.


Going Forward

In an effort to start the year with a relatively clean slate, I resisted the urge to cast on new projects (with the exception of the last-minute Christmas Trees) and chose instead to finish active WIPs. The two new cowl-scarves will be especially useful, since we're in full deep-freeze with snow on the ground and windchill temps often well below 0 degrees F.

My goals for 2018 are rather straightforward. Once again, I'll be striving to focus and finish, which means limiting myself to roughly three active projects at a time. First on the list is Herlacyn Heatwave, which is almost but not quite done (all it needs is a border). I'm also itching to cast on something new, so I'm waffling between another cowl or shawl. 




As we wrap up the old year and welcome the new one, feel free to share your 2017 accomplishments, your plans for the coming year, or a mix of both. Thank you, as always, for stopping by, sharing your comments and feedback, knitting my designs, and offering your support and encouragement.

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    Merry & Bright

    Sun, 12/24/2017 - 20:55
    This has been one of those years where the demands of work and life have filled every waking moment. Nonetheless over the course of the past week, I've gradually begun pulling out decorations and hand knit items from seasons past, so it's beginning to look a lot more like Christmas around here.

    Meanwhile, in spite of every promise I made to NOT get sucked into a flurry of last-minute knits, I finally succumbed to temptation, and cast on a fresh crop of Christmas trees.

    Destined for my exceptionally knitworthy godkids (ages 14 to 24), they have a decidedly contemporary flair. Between the simple, streamlined design, vivid colors and super-soft bulky merino yarn, these fast, easy last-minute knits have grown from one lonely tree-to-be into a small cluster of WIPs.




    To add a bit of holiday dash, I've made plush pompoms to add as fuzzy, festive tree toppers. 



    Who knew pompoms could create so many tiny little snippets?!



    As you can see, some assembly is still required. There are ends to weave and pompoms to attach ...



    but with a bit of luck, they'll be ready in time for our family celebration tomorrow. With that in mind, I'd better get cracking!


    Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays and a Christmas that's merry and bright!


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    Crunch Time: Last-Minute Knits & Pattern Sale!

    Sat, 12/16/2017 - 18:57
    Crunch Time! Flash Sale
    Save 30% on every pattern through midnight Tuesday, December 19 EST.


    I'm not quite sure how it happened, but all of a sudden, Christmas is just a little more than a week away. If you're at all like me, your to-do list is way too long, so you're scrambling to find fast and easy last-minute gift solutions.

    With that in mind, I'm running a holiday sale and highlighting a handful of patterns that are quick, compact and easy. I'm a slow knitter as you well know, but even I could complete several of the following projects in time for gift-giving. 

    Let's take a look.


    Christmas Trees
    Worked from the top down, these classic reversible Christmas Trees are ideal as ornaments, mug mats, hotpads, table accents and more. As an added plus, they can be knit in any gauge, any yarn weight, and a wide range of sizes from extra small to extra large. 

    To buy the Christmas Tree pattern now, click here.
    To read more about it, click here.


    Graefen Cloth & Towel Set
    This fast and easy pattern produces a set of reversible cloths and towels. They work up quickly in DK weight, but you could speed things along even more by using worsted, aran or bulky weight yarn for a single towel, set of cloths, or both.


    To buy the Graefen pattern now, click here.
    To read more about it, click here.


    Sweet Hearts & Soft Spots
    Designed to function as coasters, hotpads, placemats and decorative accents for your table or tree, Sweet Hearts & Soft Spots are ideal for gifts. Celebrate the season by working them in holiday colors, use rainbow hues for a range of recipients, or get a jumpstart on Valentine's Day using rose, pink and red.


    To buy the Sweet Hearts & Soft Spots pattern now, click here.
    To read more about it, click here.


    Whimsy Owls
    Know someone who loves owls? This design works up quickly, and the pattern includes instructions for three different sizes, so you can create an entire owl family if you wish.
    To buy the Whimsy Owl Family pattern now, click here.
    To read more about it, click here.


    Kintra Mitts
    Kintra is not only fast and easy, it features a versatile unisex design. Choose soft and sumptuous yarn for a woman, or something sturdy and tweedy for a man. As an added plus, the pattern is written for sport weight but readily adapts to any yarn weight, so opt for heavier weight yarns to quickly work up several pairs. 

    To buy the Kintra Mitt pattern now, click here.
    To read more about it, click here.


    Wyndfael Mitts
    A combination of classic two-stitch mock cables and ribs make Wyndfael fast, easy and versatile. Because the pattern is written for worsted weight yarn, these mitts work up very quickly. Simply follow the pattern as written, or use the tips, tricks and easy modifications to tailor each pair to suit its recipient.



    To buy the Wyndfael Mitt pattern now, click here.
    To read more about it, click here.


    Dojeling Shawl
    This is a bit more ambitious, but if you choose to use large-ish needles, you could easily create this reversible triangular shawl or scarf in time for gift-giving or holiday wear. The pattern readily adapts to any gauge and yarn weight from fingering to bulky, while the innovative construction keeps work in progress manageable for knitting on the go.


    To buy the Dojeling pattern now, click here.
    To read more about it, click here.


    From afghans and accessories to holiday and home accents, the sale applies to every pattern in the lineup. Each pattern includes a range of sizes, detailed yardage breakouts, and handy tips, tricks and easy modifications. For many of you, this means you can dip into stash to make the most of yarn in hand, which will save you time, money and headaches.

    It's crunch time, fellow knitters, so let's get busy. Christmas is coming!


    Crunch Time! Flash Sale 
    Save 30% on every pattern through midnight Tuesday, December 19 EST.
    Want to buy several patterns? Click here to go straight to my Ravelry pattern store.


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    FO | Colsie Mirror Gradient Cowl/Scarf

    Sun, 12/10/2017 - 11:30
    Long ago, we agreed there's no such thing as too many mitts, and with temps plummeting and snow on the ground, the same is clearly true for coordinating shawls, scarves and cowls. With this in mind, I've been diligently plugging away on several cowls knit in luxe yarn to accompany some of my favorite fingerless mitts.




    This past week, I focused on finishing the Colsie cowl worked as a modified mirror gradient. The strategy was similar to the mirror gradient mitts, but instead of two colors, I used three:

    • Section 1: Teal
    • Section 2: Teal and cloud
    • Section 3: Cloud
    • Section 4: Lake and cloud
    • Section 5: Lake

    I'm fond of skinny scarves that can be worn multiple ways, so that part was a no-brainer. The reversible ribbed slip stitch is extremely elastic, which means it could be stretched or blocked wider, but in its relaxed state, it's just the right width and length to wrap twice around my neck without becoming overwhelming.


    For maximum flexibility, I chose to work it flat with small buttonholes at both ends so it can be worn closed like a cowl, open like a scarf, or twisted and draped in a variety of configurations. With buttons from stash, I made simple barbell or cufflink closures that can be removed when I want to wear Colsie as a scarf.


    Colsie Reversible Cowl / Scarf
    Pattern: In development
    Yarn: Champagne (Grignasco)
    Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)
    Yardage: ~230 yards
    Dimensions: 3.5 x 45 ins

    I've said it before, but it bears repeating: This yarn is luscious. It knits up beautifully and looks good even in its unblocked state, as shown. The blue undertones in the teal and lake accentuate the hint of blue in the icy cloud shade. Plus, the combination of superfine merino blended with silk means the fabric has a soft sheen and feels like a dream next to the skin. 




    Between life, work and the holidays, things are complicated enough. This simple knit offered just enough challenge and interest to be motivating and manageable, with the added bonus that I now have a soft, cozy cowl (or scarf) with which to welcome the winter season.


    Looking for the pattern? If all goes well (fingers crossed), it should be ready to send to the tech editor this week.


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    Hand Knits to the Rescue

    Thu, 12/07/2017 - 17:55
    In this household, hand knit items see plenty of daily use, but last weekend they truly came to the rescue.

    With no fanfare whatsoever, my old but highly reliable furnace quietly gave up the ghost. This unanticipated event started a mad scramble to find a reliable HVAC contractor to assess the furnace, fix it if possible, and replace it if it wasn't fixable.

    The weekend timing slowed progress a bit, so the house was without heat for four days. Luckily, the weather was comparatively mild for December, so a few strategically placed portable heaters managed to keep the interior at a fairly steady 60 degrees F even when nighttime temps plummeted into the 30s. 

    What's a knitter to do? The answer is obvious.

    Each day I piled on the layers, opting for some combination of a basic turtleneck, heavy vest and bulky knit sweater capped with a shawl for warmth rather than sartorial flair.




    A rotating array of fingerless mitts helped keep my hands warm, but thanks to my recent efforts to build coordinated sets, I was (for the most part) able to avoid looking like a hapless hobo.



    Mid-weight afghans worked in wool-cotton blends were abandoned, and the bulky weight wool versions of Angletyn and Flashpoint were pulled from storage and immediately put into action.



    Tikkyn Flagstone with its woolly fiber and waffle-like texture is light, lofty and wonderfully cozy, so it too emerged from storage.



    The result? By the time heat was restored, nearly every chair in the house sported an afghan at the ready, a daunting array of sweaters, vests, shawls and mitts had been pressed into service, and I'd learned an invaluable lesson.

    From afghans and blankets to sweaters, shawls and mitts, there's simply no such thing as too many hand knits. 


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    WIP | Colsie Mirror Gradient Cowl

    Sun, 11/26/2017 - 11:30
    Since last we spoke, some progress has occurred, and the skinny Colsie cowl worked in a mirror gradient has grown.



    I love this simple slipped rib stitch. It produces a lush, corrugated fabric that's reversible, and as an added plus it's a breeze to work, so it's been the ideal project for knitting on the go. 


    The goal is to create a cowl-scarf long enough to button and wear as a single long loop, wrap twice for a cozier neck-hugging cowl, or wear unbuttoned as a short scarf.


    The original plan was to work the cowl so it was a precise match to my Colsie mirror gradient mitts which featured just two colors (teal, cloud), but plans change. 



    My fondness for accessories that complement rather than exactly match meant I simply couldn't resist the opportunity to introduce the lake green shade. That offers a bonus, since this single cowl will coordinate with a pair of tonal mitts I have yet to share as well as the mitts shown above.

    With that in mind, I opted for a high-contrast gradient approach that features three colors (teal, cloud and lake) worked across five sections. Each of the three solid sections is separated by a striped transitional stage that blends one color into the next. Here, I've just started the fourth section, which introduces the lake shade alternated with cloud.


    This cowl has in one week progressed from the most modest of starts to the point where it's well over halfway done. With luck and a little concentrated knitting time, it may be finished before the weekend is over.

    I'm highly motivated, because I'm eager to get this off the needles and into the wearing rotation, and once it's done I can tackle the next hover craft item on the list.


    Here in the US we're celebrating Thanksgiving. I have much to be thankful for, including all of you. Wherever you are, I hope the same is true for you.

    To read more about ombres, gradients and fades, click here.


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    Hover Craft

    Sun, 11/19/2017 - 11:30
    I've begun describing my growing pile of WIPs as hover craft, because frankly, they've hovered way too long in that twilight zone known as almost-but-not-quite-done.

    Several were started in spring, but now Thanksgiving is just a few days away, winter and Christmas are right around the corner, and the end of the year is in sight. Just the prospect of this rapid march of events means I'm torn between the desire to cast on all the things, finish all the things, or tackle some combination of both.

    One way or another, it's clearly time to come up with a plan.






    Colsie Mitts
    I kid you not, these supremely simple tone-on-tone mitts have been on the needles since March. Initially, I planned to do a three-stage gradient using two shades (lake and teal), but then I got distracted. First I added turquoise but the effect wasn't quite right, so I shifted to jade green. This worked a bit better, but in the end, I frogged the experiments and returned to my original plan. With both mitts now off the needles, I could have the ends woven and mitts seamed in one evening if I just buckled down, so that's my top priority.




    Colsie Cowl
    This cowl was put on hold while I figured out exactly what strategy I wanted to pursue. I'd planned to do something similar to the mirror gradient mitts, but I'm finding the subtle tone-on-tone look appealing, so I've decided to work a five-stage tonal fade to complement the mitts above. With that decision in place, I can quit fussing with colors and get on with the knitting.



    Kintra Cowl
    I'd hoped to have this ready to share today, but time was not on my side. The last section is nearly finished, so I just need to work a few buttonholes, bind off, weave ends and attach some buttons. With luck and a little attention, it might be ready to wear along with my Kintra mitts on Thanksgiving Day. (My goddaughters, who are learning to knit, love it when I wear hand knits.)



    Herlacyn Afghan
    This blanket has been patiently waiting for time and attention. It's soooo close to completion, all it needs is a border, a few ends woven and a good blocking, so it's close to the top of the list.



    Gradient Shawl-Wrap
    Working this swatch helped me realize I need to move up one needle size and recalculate gauge, then I'll be ready to cast on. The yarn is light, soft and warm, so the end result should be ideal as an extra layer when deep winter arrives. I'm eager to get this project fully underway, but am valiantly waiting until I turn a few of the WIPs above into true FOs.




    Yet Another Gradient Shawl-Wrap
    In spring, I cast on and worked a few rows of this gradient shawl, but knitting time has been so scarce since, it's barely progressed past the skimpy start above. For now it's on hold, while I focus on other things.



    Christmas
    In recent years, I've knit a ton of Christmas trees and holiday items, but this year may be different. I have something fun, fast and easy on the needles, but it's not a gift, so if it's finished in time for the holidays, great! If not, it just means I've gotten a headstart on next year's holiday knitting, right?


    There may be a few more projects skulking around in the background, but for now, these are my top priorities. In a perfect world, all of them would be finished, well underway or frogged before the end of the year, so I can start 2018 with a clean slate and fresh focus.

    Meanwhile, have any of your projects become hover craft that linger in WIP-land but never quite get done?


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    Roundup | 10 Ways to Create DIY Ombres, Gradients & Fades

    Sun, 11/12/2017 - 11:30
    In knit-world, ombres, gradients and fades continue to be a big color story, which is why we've spent much of the past year exploring numerous ways to create your own. 

    The reasoning is simple. Fads come and go, but gradients remain one of the most versatile strategies you can use to maximize a prepackaged kit, leverage a few skeins of newly acquired yarn or transform stash skeins into something fresh and fabulous.




    Whether they fade from light to dark or soft to bright, you can distinguish between ombres, gradients and fades based on the color strategy involved. Briefly, in my world:
    Ombres feature a monochromatic approach using shades from a single color family.
    Gradients typically incorporate multiple shades from two or more color families.
    Fades may do either.These guidelines are open to any interpretation that works for you, but in general, it takes at least two colors and three stages or shifts to achieve a gradient or ombre effect. Anything less, and you're essentially working some variation of stripes or color blocking. With this in mind, let's revisit 10 easy strategies for creating your own DIY gradient and ombre combinations.

    (Click the titles below to see the original posts, each of which highlights five different strategies. Click a bullet item to see how-to directions for that technique.)


    Ombres & Gradients: 5 Ways to Create Your Own




    This post shares strategies for creating:

    Ombres & Gradients: 5 Fresh Ways to Create Your Own




    This post shares strategies for working a:



    As you can see, you can begin creating gradients with as few as two skeins, which makes these different approaches especially useful for stashbusting. By mixing and matching awkward orphans and singletons, it's both fun and easy to create combinations that are uniquely your own.

    With more than 20 posts exploring different facets of ombres, gradients and fades, you'd think we would have exhausted this topic, but au contraire! From useful stitches and techniques to untapped color strategies, several new gradient posts are hovering on the horizon. 

    Meanwhile, I hope these ideas will inspire you to experiment, because the possibilities are endless where ombres, gradients and fades are concerned.


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    10 Terrific Fall Color Combos

    Sun, 11/05/2017 - 11:30
    Now that autumn has arrived and the leaves are turning, fall color combinations are on my mind. After a slow start, the trees are now ablaze with color and the ground is lightly coated so every footstep is accompanied by a satisfying rustle and crunch.

    Twegen Harvest
    To mark this transition, the summer-weight afghans have been stowed and their autumnal siblings have been released from captivity. There's at least one afghan draped on a couch or chair in every room (including my office), so something cozy is at hand as the days grow shorter and the temps grow cooler.

     Twegen Coffee
    I love neutrals, but as the temps fall, I become ever more enamored with rich, hearty colors to offset the growing grey and gloom. Mother nature seems to feel the same, since she pulls out the stops this time of year, delivering a true visual feast of heartwarming colors.


    While I work to finish up Herlacyn with its warm, vibrant hues, I've been entertaining myself thinking about various color combinations particularly well-suited to fall. If your thoughts have been traveling in the same vein, you might find some of these options useful.

    Here are 10 terrific fall color combos:

    Classic I
    Coffee, currant, squash



    Spice
    Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg




    Warmth
    Bark, olive, pumpkin




    Greenery
    Rosemary, sage, thyme




    Fresh
    Sage, pumpkin, ginger




    Classic II
    Olive, currant, honey




    Trendy
    Lake, deep rust, gold




    Rich
    Old pewter, ruby, old gold




    Foliage
    Sugar maple, oak, aspen




    Harvest
    Apple, pumpkin, butternut




    As always, these concepts don't come close to exhausting the full range of possibilities, but if you're on a quest for fall color combos, they'll get you started.

    Spice, Greenery and Foliage would look lovely worked as three- or five-stage tone-on-tone ombres or gradients, and you could create a fun rainbow effect by mixing and matching colors from different clusters.

    If you're seeking surefire combinations for the guys on your knitting list, it's difficult to go wrong with autumn-based schemes, which most men find naturally appealing. Whatever course of action you choose, have fun and experiment.

    Meanwhile, I can't think of a better way to make the most of this colorful season than by knitting something in enticing fall shades. Can you?


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