Saturday, April 30, 2016

ColourSpun in Stitches - Knit Ombre

I've recently listed ColourSpun Ombre Stacks on , here's a good way to use them

There are many ways to produce ombré or gradient knitting. You could purchase specially dyed balls of yarn which slowly change colour as you work through them. Using these yarns means the colour changes gradually as you work through the ball without you having to think about it, so they are great for both mindless knitting, when you don’t want to have to think at all and for complicated stitch patterns when the stitches need your full attention.

If you want more control over the colour change, there are ways to produce the ombré effect using separate balls of yarn in a range of colours from light to dark. This means you could knit a garment where the hem starts with a dark yarn and the colour gradually changes, getting lighter and lighter as you work up to ending the neckline with the lightest yarn.

One way of producing this effect is to choose your range of colours in a yarn half the weight (thickness) that you pattern calls for and to use it double. You need at least 3 different colours; from dark through medium to light.

1. Start with 2 strands of the darkest colour (or lightest, depending on your preference)
2. Work a number of rows – you will have to work out how many according to the number of rows in your pattern and the number of different colours in your range
3. Cut one strand of the starting yarn and join one strand of the next colour, work a number of rows
4. Repeat “3” to end.

The swatch here was worked in stocking stitch as follows:

Cast on 20 stitches using 2 strands of light yarn, work 5 rows (light + light)
Break off 1 strand and join 1 strand of medium yarn, work 5 rows (light + medium)
Break off light yarn and join 2nd strand of medium, work 5 rows (medium + medium)
Break off 1 strand of medium and join 1 strand of dark, work 5 rows (medium + dark)
Break off medium yarn and join 2nd strand of dark, work 5 rows (dark + dark)
Cast off.

Happy knitting!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

ColourSpun Colourways - Autumn Leaves

Its that time of year again here, the leaves are starting to turn and there's a little nip in the air in the evenings. It's Autumn :)

The ColourSpun Pure Cotton colours here are:
Top row:  335, 336, 020, 030, 304,
Bottom row: 462, 429, 472, 187, 189

Find these colours on

Monday, April 18, 2016

ColourSpun in Stitches

I have a pile of swatches on a shelf in my studio that are often my inspiration when I'm not sure what stitch pattern or yarn I want to use. They are all knit in ColourSpun and show me exactly how my yarn looks and behaves in different stitches. Although I can't share the feel here, I can share the look and instructions for you to create a pile of your own. I'll be adding new ones from time to time, so check back often. All the yarn used is available here

Bamboo Stitch

Although it looks complicated, the bamboo stitch is easy enough for beginners ready to move on from stocking stitch. All it involves is passing a “yarn over” over 2 knit stitches and the result is a firm fabric with an interesting texture on both sides. It works well with all types of yarn and looks really good using multi-coloured yarn. Starting a row with a yarn over can be tricky so this sample has a selvage stitch at the beginning and end of each row.

You will need
ColourSpun Pure Merino Aran - available here
4.5mm Knitting needles

K             knit
P             purl
YO          Yarn over 
PYOO2  Pass YO over 2 stitches
St            stitch

Cast on an even number of stitches
Row 1: K1; (YO; K2; PYOO2) to last st; K1
Row 2 and 4: Purl
Row 3: K2; (YO; K2; PYOO2) to last st; K2

Repeat these 4 rows for your pattern.
Cast off on row 2 or 4.

Happy Knitting :)