|Left: Ombre Cowl by Purl Soho, image by Purl Soho. Right: Ombré by Tanis Lavallee, image by tanisfiberarts|
So pretty! So trendy! So much fun to knit! Usually this effect is achieved through mixing different colors of yarn by holding two or more yarns together. Several yarnies even offer kits of mini-skeins for this purpose. Very cool. And something I might consider doing in the future. I also found yarn that was dyed to be self-striping with the stripes changing color along the skein. But I wondered:
Could I dye a skein of yarn that transitioned colors from one end to the other in a more subtle way?
Self-striping yarn is great but that's not what look I wanted. I wanted to basically recreate the subtle gradient created with several yarns held together.... only with one skein. No ends to weave in. Easy.
So I took to the dye pots and did some experimenting:
And some more experimenting:
Did it work?
As of now I have only produced repeatable results on Souvenir - my DK weight, 100% superwash merino yarn. Which lends itself perfectly to the one-skein projects that showcase this unique yarn perfectly. Ombré Hats! Scarves! Cowls! Shawls! Ombré All the Things!
I LOVE the way the transition turned out:
|Selfie in the driveway crazy.|
The Subtle Ombre yarn will be available - in several colorways - at the Destination Yarn Trunk Show at River Colors in Lakewood TOMORROW. After that I will list some of it on my etsy site (if any of it is left that is!).