Apr 16, 2017

Ombres & Gradients: Which Would You Choose?

Knitting time has been as elusive as the Easter bunny. This means my current rainbow scrapghan is progressing at a turtle pace, but the finish line is in sight so I'm striving valiantly to stay focused.

Several fresh afghan designs are clamoring to be cast on, however, and a knitter has to plan, right? That may explain why I've been scouring the stash, playing with color, and experimenting with various ombres and gradients as time permits.

I've landed on five combinations, each of which allows me to move orphans, partials and leftovers out of stash and into use.

1. With its mix of blues, lavender and purple, this cool gradient would make a nice counterpoint to the vivid brights of my recent rainbow afghan, but I can't decide: Is it soothing and calm, or bland and boring?

2. With livelier shades of green, turquoise and purple, this alternate cool combo offers (to my eye) a bit more visual interest and appeal. (To see this color combination in action, check out Herlacyn Breeze.)

3. With shades of teal, sage, jade and grayed greens, this tonal ombre speaks to me, partly because green has been on my radar screen. If these colors look familiar, it's because you've seen some of them in Lucben Tidepool and the Colsie Green Gradient mitts.

4. With soft yellows, varied pinks and a warm red, this gradient looks summery and slightly tropical. To see how this combination looks in action, take a look at the Herlacyn Heatwave FO post.

5. With bright yellow, warm coral and subdued red, this cheerful gradient has a delicious spicy quality that hints at ginger, saffron, turmeric and paprika. There are obvious differences, but it reminds me a bit of Twegen Harvest.

Here's the rub. I like all of them for different reasons, and most will eventually find their way into one project or another. That said, I confess I'm stumped. If I had the opportunity to cast on, I don't have a clue which one to pick.

If you were in my shoes, which would you choose?


  1. Like them all, but I cast my vote for no. 2!

  2. I love them all, but on this rainy day I'd choose the last one. So sunny and cheery ;-)

  3. I'm in LOVE with #3 with #2 in the running as well:) All would make lovely afghans though!!

  4. I love #2 the best, although they are all lovely. Turquoise is one of my favourite colours.

  5. Lots of gray, rainy days lately, so like Gertrude, I'm drawn to #4 and #5 with their sunny colors.


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