Built for Ombré

Built for Ombré

There are lots of lovely knitting patterns out there that would look gorgeous in ombré yarn, but one of the things we’re seeing on trend lately are patterns actually designed for ombré and gradient yarns. Not just any pattern will work; to really take advantage of ombré you need a pattern that will allow you to use at least 85% of your yarn, thus showing the full colour transition of the skein. So, while many patterns (particularly shawls where the size is adjustable) will work – today I wanted to blog about designs built specifically to take advantage of gradients.



This is the Kallara shawl by Ambah O’Brien, and this knitter has used one skein of seafoam and one skein of ecru to do her version. I love how the gradient looks within the stripes, and there are so many ways to play with colours!



This is ‘Changing Light‘ by Jennifer Weissman. Worked from the centre outwards, this shawl gives a palindrome effect. This would work with two skeins of DK weight in the same colour way, allowing you to ‘mirror’ each side of the shawl.



Vamping‘ by Jennifer Dassau is a gorgeous knit in this intense gradient, but would also be lovely in a gentle colour like Berry Vanilla or Willow. I love it so much that this will be my road trip-to-Festival-Twist knit for this weekend!


©Laura Aylor

How classy is ‘First Point of Libra‘ by Laura Aylor? I would love this in ecru paired with seafoam. I know we’re not carrying our neutrals at present… but they’re coming back, I promise!


Lastly – this is the Inara shawl by Ambah O’Brien, knitted by @knitleyroad in ‘Feather’ and ‘Seafoam’. So many of Ambah’s designs lend themselves to ombré, I’ll have to knit one of these myself!

Are you a knitwear designer with a love of ombré and an idea for a design with The Blue Brick yarns? Sketch your idea out and write to me, I’d love to partner up on new ideas!


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