Oh Hey, Let's Ombré Crochet!

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We crocheters tend to be a little color-crazed, so naturally ombré has our hearts. But did you know that you don't need a a fancy gradient yarn to get the effect? You can design your own ombré crochet gradients using any yarn (even your scraps!).

How to stitch beautiful, colorful ombré crochet

Experiment with color

The first step is to decide on a color scheme, and then work on exactly which shades to use and in what order. The principle is easy: Just line up your colors going from dark to light. In practice though, it can be tricky...

Here's a sequence going from dark on the left to light on the right, but the picture above shows we didn't get it quite right on the first try. These pegs can be useful for color planning, but sometimes it's easier to see when the yarn has already been worked up.

You can also color plan using tiny granny squares, each just two rounds, made in a different color. Here, I arranged mine so the lighter shades were on the top left, moving to darker at the lower right.

There are plenty more ways to preview your colors before you start stitching. The main thing is to have fun experimenting and settle on a color order before you get too far into your project.

Experiment with stitch pattern swatches

I know. Swatching at the start of a project is boring. But I promise, that effort is never wasted. Especially with an ombré crochet project, a swatch lets you really get a handle on how your colors look in different stitch patterns, so you can be sure you'll end up with that awesome gradient you're going for. And of course swatching is key for deciding on gauge and size, if that's important for your project.

First up: a granny stripe. The colors look awesome here, but the blockiness of the stitches make it a hard to see the ombré effect. Try this stitch for a larger item like a baby blanket, but not on smaller projects.

Next option: The linen stitch, which produced a dense crochet fabric that blended the colors really well. This is definitely the winner for a smaller scale project, since the light-to-dark effect worked even with just a few rows of stitches.

Stitch up a storm

Now you're ready to apply this cool effect to any of your favorite patterns, including this adorable ombré mug cozy — and maybe even use up your scraps in the process!

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