Craft Smarter in the New Year
Combining colors gradually is a great way to blend colors together. Take a look:
Yarn and Needles
I’m using Valley Yarns Northampton (a worsted weight yarn) and US 8 (5.0mm) needles.
From light to dark (bottom to top), I’m using:
CC1: Raspberry Heather (26)
CC2: Dahlia (21)
CC3: Merlot Heather (27)
CC4: Amethyst (19)
How to Work It
It’s easy, just follow NONO like this:
Join New color and DO NOT cut Old color yet. Keep both colors active during this time. At the end, you can cut the Old color.
2 rows of New color
4 rows of Old color
4 rows of New color
2 rows of Old color
Cut Old color.
Once you’ve worked these rows, you can work just the new color!
If you want to repeat the sequence, keep in mind that you’ll be combining the last color with the first color.
Because of this, I actually removed the fifth color because it looked too dark to work with the first color.
In-The-Round or Flat?
The big thing to keep in mind if you do this in-the-round is that all the color changes happen in the same column.
This means that all the ends are woven in over the same area. This can make a narrow line be a lot thicker because of all the extra yarn.
The Wrong Side
The wrong side looks decent on reverse stockinette stitch (purl). It depends on how close the 2 colors are.
As always, I recommend you swatch to check things out before you delve into it.
If you don’t have enough “extra” yarn, I would at least try it out in a similar yarn (both color and weight).
While you can do this without a swatch, making a swatch can teach you a lot about how it works.
The Weight of Ends
There’s always a balance between the number of ends you have and how the piece looks. You’ll have A LOT of ends when you’re color blending – it’s just the nature of the beast.
You know what I’m going to say – swatch, swatch, swatch. You really won’t be able to tell until you give it a try. And you might tackle things slightly differently once you see how the swatch works up.
What about Crochet?
This method should work just as well in crochet and it’s a great way to either introduce a new color or even join a new skein of hand-dyed yarn (that’s the same color).
Where we got this method
Thank you SO MUCH to Unique Sheep for this idea. Leave it to the gradiance people to know how to join colors!
Craft Smarter in the New Year
This post is part of our Craft Smarter in the New Year Series. We’re covering both knitting and crochet, and here are the posts we have in mind:
- Purl Stitch (knitting)
- Linen Stitch (crochet)
- Slipped Stitches (knitting)
- Spike Stitch (crochet)
- Garter Stitch (knitting)
- Shell Stitch (crochet)
- Color Introduction (knitting)
- Lemon Peel Stitch (crochet)
- Holding 2 Colors Together (both knitting and crochet)
We also kicked off this series with a post on color choices and included a bunch of different resources for you to get the juices flowing!
And of course, a special thanks to our yarn sponsor, Webs, for donating the yarn for this series. We couldn’t have done it without you – plus their Valley Yarns Line is FABULOUS. I highly recommend them.