om·bré – adjective \ˈäm-ˌbrā\ Definition: having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark
One of the hottest design trends these days is “ombre” color palettes… from hair, to nails, to clothing and accessories. My March and April blanket (or throw) class projects are worked in a single simple stitch with contrasting colors in a “color block” wide stripe design for both the crochet and knit versions (see photos on my “CLASSES/PROJECTS” page). While I love the fun and vibrant look of contrasting colors, another idea occurred to me to arrange the colors tonally to create a beautiful ombre effect…
To get an ombre look, the key is to choose colors in a similar palette that, when worked in rows, will blend gradually one into the next. Check out the photos on my Pinterest “KNIT” board for color palette ideas or just browse the yarn aisle for inspiration.
These are easy projects designed to introduce some new techniques and to help develop strong skills. While this is a simple project, it is an advanced beginner level, and you must be comfortable with:
- for crochet – making a chain and single crochet
- for knit – casting on, working the knit stitch and binding off
The crochet blanket class is scheduled for Saturday, March 29, from 1:00-3:00pm.
There are two options for the knit blanket class scheduled in April: Sunday, April 6, 2:00-4:00pm or Saturday, April 26, 1:00-3:00pm.
Please let me know if you want to do an “ombre” version blanket, as the yarn yardage requirements might be different from that for the wide striped blanket. If you’d like more information or have any questions, please let me know by clicking on my “Contact” page and sending me a message.
If you’d like to sign up for class, you can register at Michael’s in-store or online at Michaels.com. I hope you can join us!