What to make with gradient yarn sets



You know you’re a knitter when you hear the word “ombre” and don’t automatically think hair. Indie dyers, including a few here on Indie Untangled, have been producing some incredible gradient sets. They rarely fail to make me swoon, but I always feel like I need some guidance to figure out what to knit with them.

Fortunately, a couple of dyers have recently come out with kits to help provide inspiration. The photo above is of a new shawl pattern by designer Renee Callahan. Antiprism, with its unique gradient triangles, is available exclusively as part of a kit with an ombre set of BFL Twist yarns from Kettle Yarn Co.

Stephanie of Dirty Water DyeWorks recently started selling a kit for Carina Spencer’s new Brush Creek Shawl. There are three different ombre color combos — purple, blue and green — on Mavis, a superwash Merino/silk blend.

Krista at Pigeonroof Studios sells popular mini-skein sock yarn gradient sets, and she also designed a free Gradient Mitts pattern to go with them.

Then, there are patterns that you wouldn’t necessarily consider for a gradient kit.

Cassy featured this gradient top on her blog, Knit the Hell Out.

Cassy featured this gradient top on her blog, Knit the Hell Out.

When I saw Cassy/knitthehellout’s Whispers using a Pebble Sock gradient kit from Black Trillium Fibres, I was immediately smitten. I’m a big fan of Veera Välimäki’s designs, and I loved Cassy’s take on this simple top.

I also can’t wait to see my friend Mollie/molliebatmit’s ObLaDi with the Fiber Optics Yarns Paintbox Gradient that she picked up at Rhinebeck last year. She inspired me to buy one of the sets, which I am likely turning into a gradient striped shell, though now I might have to reconsider…

Here are several other pattern possibilities, including a bunch of my favorite FOs on Ravelry. Some of the patterns are meant for gradient yarns, while others are designs that Ravelers decided to give an ombre twist:


Jenn/jfnyland’s Paper Birch with Cephalopod Yarns Beastie (I love Laura Aylor’s designs, especially this cowl-neck sweater, and the gradient really works.)

Kate/katepricey’s Le Facteur in ColorShift Earth and Sky Design Set


Nikki/KnittyFish's Daybreak in ColorShift Earth and Sky Design Set

Nikki/KnittyFish’s Daybreak in ColorShift Earth and Sky Design Set

Paula/PrairiePiper’s Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl with Fiber Optics Yarns Kashmir (Paula designed the pattern and also runs the Knitting Pipeline podcast.)

Janet/Daisieknit’s Now in a minute with The Unique Sheep Luxe

Nicole/bioartist’s Aranami Shawl in Canon Hand Dyes Charles Sock Yarn Note: This pattern might require more yardage than some gradient kits provide.

Also, Kara/KaraMcKinley’s Aranami Shawl in Neighborhood Fiber Co. Rustic Fingering


Fiar by Irishgirlieknits modeled by LizArrow

Fiar by Irishgirlieknits modeled by LizArrow

Melanie/PinkLemon’s Song of the Sea with SpaceCadet Creations Ester (This is a great pattern — I’ve made two of them already — and using a gradient is such a brilliant idea!)

Jean/jerdlngr’s September Circle With Miss Babs Yummy Toes — Sock

Spectral by Debbi Stone


Chrystee/playinglife spiced up Barley by tincanknits with her own Play at Life Fiber Arts Jest Aran

Chrystee/playinglife spiced up Barley by tincanknits with her own Play at Life Fiber Arts Jest Aran

Jean/sadie21jean’s Fade in a Black Trillium Fibres Pebble Sock gradient kit (also check out her matching Gradiente Scarf)

Terri/holity’s Wurm in Knitcircus Cabaret

Varia by Alexandra Tinsley

Please comment with your gradient pattern suggestions and projects, and don’t forget to check out the Pinterest board for this post.

The celebration continues on Ravelry

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I would like to thank everyone who has participated in the first half of the launch giveaway and to congratulate our lucky winner, who has been notified. I hope that you still enjoy receiving the newsletter each Friday, and not to worry — this is certainly not the last of the goodies you will be able to win from Indie Untangled.

Speaking of which, here are the details of the second half of this contest:

The love of Ravelry


When I started knitting seven years ago, I couldn’t imagine how much Ravelry would impact my life. Through the site, I discovered a world beyond scarves and hats, added words like “Tosh” and “Bugga” to my vocabulary, was encouraged to knit my first sweater and met some incredibly talented, wonderful people. My hope is that the Indie Untangled Ravelry group will become another place where we can both enable and inspire each other.

For a chance to win the Snapdragon notions pouch, become a member of the group and post a reply to this thread: Name a dyer you admire who you would like to see on Indie Untangled. Tell us about what they do and what makes them, and their products, so special. Please post by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday. The winner will be contacted via PM on Ravelry.

I also encourage you to stick around the group and introduce yourself, and maybe even create your own thread! I hope to create a little corner of Rav that you look forward to coming back to.

Launch celebration giveaway!



If you’ve had a chance to poke around That Clever Clementine’s Etsy shop, you know she makes some super cute bags and notions pouches. A couple of years ago, when I was in Maryland for the Verdant Gryphon open house, I was lucky enough to get a peek at Vicki’s fabric collection, which, as she so accurately described, is pretty extensive. My eyes darted in amazement over the piles of brightly-colored cloth covering one of her guest rooms. I ended up having her make me this Snapdragon notions pouch, because I thought the fabric illustrated my work as a writer. I also later purchased some items made with fabric Vicki found on Spoonflower, a cool site that also lets you custom design your own fabric and wallpaper.

After I worked with my designer on the logo for Indie Untangled, an amazing idea came to me: I could design fabric with the yarn ball icon on Spoonflower, and have Vicki turn it into bags to celebrate the launch. So, that’s exactly what we did! This is a meaningful partnership for me, and I think it shows just how special and supportive the knitting/crafting world can be.

Over the next two weeks, you’ll have two opportunities to win the larger Pandora Poke, a drawstring bag with a nifty swivel hook that you can clip onto your keys or scissors, or that you can use as a yarn guide (I often clip the bag to my jacket so I can knit while waiting for the subway), and the Snapdragon notions pouch.

Here are the details:

Today through April 18
For a chance to win the Pandora Poke project bag, sign up for the weekly newsletter by filling out the form on the right (or any of the newsletter sign-up forms on most pages of the site), by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, April 18. If you’ve already signed up for the newsletter, you’re already entered to win! The winner will be announced on the blog and contacted via email next Monday.

April 21 through April 25
For a chance to win the Snapdragon notions pouch, become a member of the Indie Untangled Ravelry group and post to a particular thread (I will be starting the thread and sharing the details of what you need to post here on the blog that morning). You have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, April 25, to post.

Both winners will be selected by a random number generator.

Vicki and I are also working out the details of selling these bags exclusively through indieuntangled.com. Stay tuned for more information on that and on future giveaways!