Crochet, Knitting, Make & Hue

Patterns that Make the Grad[ient]

Gradients and Ombre transitions started popping up several years ago and it’s a trend that doesn’t seem to be waning any time soon in the fibre arts world. Indeed, it can be seen across hair, fashion, web design, and graphics, as well. Gone are the notions of flat colour and instead, as we ride the wave of splashy, tonal, or speckled yarns, the alternative is saturated, unique, and texturally deep. SweetGeorgia has a couple of favourite patterns that we think make the grade for your next fade project.

Winter Dawn is a fluid knit design that is perfect for your next ombre craving, especially if you want to stash bust those mini-mini skeins you’ve been hoarding.


The crochet shawl, Abrupt by Rebecca Velasquez, utilizes three full skeins in a gradient, so you can mix or match to your hearts content.


Try your hand at a small cowl and a couple of mini-skeins in Splash. Whether you opt for a gradual transition or bold colour blocks, it’s a super easy project.


Kresla by Pauliina Karru utilizes the marled technique (holding two strands of yarn together) to create a very subtle transition of colour. The options here are nearly seamless and endless.


We can visualize so many options for Rocky Mountain by Jennifer Beever, from monochromatic to bright candy colours. Gradient or ombre. Vibrant or subdued. The results are gorgeous anyway you look at it.


Ocean Grove by Angela Tong uses five colours and a simple stitch pattern for a wonderfully vivid project. The defined lines emphasize each colour, perfect for variegated or solid yarns.


If you want to practice your gradient play on a smaller scale, Unfurling Leaves by Fatimah Hinds is the pattern to use. It makes full use of 5 mini skeins for easy transitions.


Soft Twilight by Corrina Ferguson is the epitome of elegance when it comes to shifting colours across a fabric. Gorgeous lace and easy construction take all the guesswork out.

Of course, with a little mix-and-match of your skeins, you can turn any pattern into a gorgeous gradient or ombre effect.


About Tabetha Hedrick

Tabetha Hedrick, Design Director for SweetGeorgia Yarns, lives by the belief that joy comes when fully participating in the present moment. And that joy is ever so easy to find when immersed in the world of fibre! When not knitting, writing, editing, or researching, she fills the time raising two girls, two dogs, and one husband in Tennessee.

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