Ombre? Gradient? Is There a Difference?

Ombre or gradient?  Have you ever wondered what the difference is?

According to Voie de Vie, gradient yarns are a progression of different colors from light to dark and ombre yarns are usually a blending of hues of the same color, progressing from light to dark.

Freia Fine Handpaints Super Bulky Ombre

There are certain points to consider when knitting with these yarns:

Choosing a pattern with a plain stitch or very simple design will allow the yarn to shine!

Freia Fine Handpaints Super Bulky Ombre

The direction of your knitting will determine the direction of the color changes.  For instance, if you’re knitting a cowl end to end, the color changes will be horizontal; if you’re knitting from top to bottom or in the round, they will be vertical.

If you’re making a shawl, where you start your pattern, whether at the bottom or the top, the first color will appear to take up approximately half of the shawl.

Freia Fine Handpaints Fingering Ombre

Simple, repeating design elements are perfect for ombres and gradients.

Our Friea Fine Handpaints Ombre yarns are a beautiful foray into gradual color change yarns.

Freia Fine Handpaints Fingering Ombre

There are patterns galore that lend themselves to these yarns.

A Ravelry search found a considerable amount of free patterns that would be a great match:  Multnomah, Haruni,  fibre space Knockout Round, Laura Nelkin’s Gusto, Calistoga Cowl, Reverb Shawl, Nurmilintu, Bristol Ivy’s Two for Joy, Reyna, Freia pom pom hat, Loop London’s Cecelia Cowl, Steven Be’s Jet Setter Cowl .

We’ll be happy to help you choose the perfect pattern for your ombre or gradient yarn!




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