There has been a rise in the popularity of those gorgeous sets of mini skeins recently. I think I first started noticing them at shows last year, although I am sure they have been around for much longer. They are the type of thing that is utterly irresistible to knitters – well, to me at least. A glorious selection of beautiful shades, the little packs of mini skeins always seem to have so much promise … as is often the case inspiration can sometimes wane a little once you are holding all those tiny balls of wonderful yarn in your hands, as you begin to ask “What can I do with this pack of gradient yarn?”
Mabel & Ivy Coast - Ombré Pack 2
Inspired by the addition of Coast Ombré packs to the Tangled Yarn shop I set off on a quest to find some inspiring gradient knits to get your needles clicking.
Many designs can be adapted to use gradient packs.Keep your eyes peeled for new designs featuring stripes, small colour details, or designs that were made to use up oddments of yarn. These are also perfect for using delicious Coast Ombré packs.
Here are some of my favourite shawls designs
I love these two examples of shawls created specifically for gradient packs.
Lee Meredith is a design genius when it comes to flexible, and fun, patterns; I love her shawl, Pigment. Easy to knit garter stitch is punctuated by pops of colour; simplicity and colour play are the ideal combination for gradient packs.
Remember Coast can be worked as a single strand for something light and airy or double for something a little thicker and warmer, especially useful for cool summer evenings.
Simple but versatile, Coastal Gradient by Elizabeth Smith could be worked in a single strand of Coast for a really lightweight summer accessory or two strands for something to snuggle up in when the cooler weather arrives. It has the added bonus of needing some great buttons – I love projects with great buttons!
Top Tip Want to create a larger masterpiece, you can use the combinations in the Ombré packs as inspiration but buy full size skeins.
I love this new design by Stephen West and think it would be exquisite knitted in Coast. Marled Wave uses five colours that are worked together and changed gradually to create a beautiful marled fabric.
I hope you have enjoyed this collection of inspiring patterns.
Rachel is giving one lucky person the chance to win a Coast Ombré Pack just leave a comment telling us which colour pack you'd like and what you'd like to knit! The winner will be announced here in the blog on Friday 3rd July.
Happy knitting, Clare
Congratulations to Jane MacDonald you are the winner of our giveaway! I will be in touch very soon to organise sending your prize to you. A huge thank you to everyone who left a comment and also to random.org for selecting our winner!
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About the Author
Clare Devine is a writer and designer. Originally from South Africa she has nomadic tendencies and is currently knitting her way around the UK. She is passionate about all things fibre related (especially if it’s grey), knitting, travel and sunshine in equal measures.
She regularly blogs at www.yarnandpointysticks.com. You can find her on Ravelry as Knitsforklipskaap, Twitter as @_ClareDevine and Instagram as @Clare.Devine.