The smaller swatch is from Part 2 of our series and is the more bold and distinct in it's colour change, where as the larger swatch from Part 3 shows us how to shift into a more subtle, graduating approach to the colours we originally chose.
I thought it might help to understand what sort of finished effects we could hope to achieve by making our own gradient yarns; where it be one yarn encompassing all colours, or separate skeins we have made to graduate a colour transition across a garment. To help illustrate some ideas I have turned to Ravelry.
The patterns listed above are linked here (top left to right, bottom left to right);
All of these patterns show you that gradients are a wonderful way to express colour through our projects. Whilst some would be better with a more bold gradient, others benefit from a more subtle transition in colour.
The other great thing about creating your own gradient yarns from separate pre dyed colours, is that you can determine how much of each colour you use in your project, or how even the transitions are spaced.
The down side to creating your own gradients? Well, it can be a lot of work, al lot more work than buying in a hand dyed option.
Don't forget that I started a Ravelry thread in the group for anyone who wants to share and chat about their gradient experiments.
Also just to mention that I have plenty of gradients and colour sets in stock for your to buy at www.sarastexturecrafts.com
Please keep an eye on the blog for Part 5 where we start to look at hand dyed gradient fibres.
Have a wonderful day... Sara x