How do I process gradient yarns?

We are often asked for advice on gradient yarns. Some simply ask how much they need for a sweater or for a tunic.
I can't answer these questions that easily, because with gradient yarns it's not like with "normal" yarns where you just take one or two more balls with you just to be on the safe side.
In addition, I would have to know the size and the cut and the pattern in order to be able to say approximately how much yarn is needed. We're happy to help, but sometimes it's just not possible to provide the correct information!

Work sweater with gradient yarns

It's not really possible to work a pullover with gradient yarns in the classic way because the front part has completely different colors than the back part and the sleeves are narrower, so the stripes with the individual colors are different again. Unless you want it that way!
For these reasons, such parts are often worked as "Raglan from above". The sleeves can then be knitted or crocheted in the color you are currently on - see our pattern "Frozen".

Work shawls with gradient yarns

As for a shawl, you can just work until the yarn runs out. But you should be careful that you don't have too much yarn because if it's too big then you might not use the last color anymore and that would be a shame. If it's too little - no problem... you can always patch it up (e.g. with the last color you used) and it doesn't look patchy at all.
Even with a simple rectangular shawl, you have to calculate exactly how long the shawl will be at the desired width and widen it accordingly so that it doesn't get too long. Or the other way around! Or simply work according to the instructions, some of which are already available in our shop!
However, you don't have to be afraid of using gradient yarns. If you pay attention to a few points, you can use your Bobbel wonderfully and put the worked pieces in the limelight with the great color gradients.

The advantage of gradient yarns

One advantage of these yarns is of course that you hardly need a pattern because the colors work on their own and you wouldn't see the pattern well and you just don't need it. Another advantage is that with a shawl you normally only have to sew up two threads: the one at the beginning and the one at the end.
The yarns are knotted - this is not a defect, they are wrapped like this. If you simply twist the two thread ends left and right of the knot with the yarn, you can knit or crochet over them without any problems and you don't have to sew anything.
Due to their material composition, our yarns are suitable for allergy sufferers and also for babies, they can be washed in the washing machine without any problems and are very dimensionally stable. By the way, I never steam towels! I wet them, lay them out, shape them and let them dry. Done.

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