Ombré Infinity Loop - Lang Nova Version
Ombré Infinity Loop - Lang Nova Version
With ombré shading techniques, you're a knitting artist. The colors mix, meld and unfurl before your eyes. You double-strand the yarn, then add a new color at each segment. For the project shown here, we chose three colors of Lang Nova. We've put together a few favorite combinations from our set of twelve sophisticated colors below. The possibilities are nearly limitless, however—so venture, if you like, to the yarn page and mix your own.
Pick up the Bias Before & After Scarf pattern below (if you don't already own it), then choose a fun colorway. The free adaptation shows you how to re-yarn the project and turn the scarf into a nice long loop, an "infinity scarf." It is a compulsively knitable project (what will that next section look like?), and the bias nature of the knitting makes it super easy to wear and style any number of ways. Really, what are you waiting for?
7¼"/18.5cm wide x 51"/130cm circumference.
3 skeins Lang Nova (25g, 197 yds/180m), one each in three colors.
YOU'LL ALSO NEED
Churchmouse Classics Bias Before & After Scarf pattern and free ombré adaptation;
US 11 (7mm) needle, or size to obtain gauge; crochet hook and waste yarn for provisional cast-on; darning needle to finish.
Approx. 16 sts = 4"/10cm, after blocking.
Please refer to the original pattern for complete instructions. Only changes are covered in this adaptation.
Identify your color sequence, labeling colors A, B, C.
Provisional cast-on: With waste yarn and crochet hook, chain 45 (this allows for a few extras); slip locking marker into last chain.
With two strands of Color A held together and gauge needle, leave an 8"/20cm tail (to weave in later), and beginning at the first st chained, pick up and knit into the back bumps of your chain 38 times. [38 sts cast on]
Purl one row.
Ombré sequence: Work Rows 1 and 2 as original pattern, changing colors for ombré effect as follows (cut strand of yarn no longer needed at end of each section, leaving 8”/20cm tail to weave in later):
Work 38 more rows A+A (work should measure 6"/15cm from cast-on edge); work 40 rows A+B; 40 rows B+B; 40 rows B+C; 40 rows C+C; and 40 rows C+A (or until you have 1½ yds/1.5m left of both colors for grafting).
Prepare for grafting: Working from the marked end of your provisional cast-on, carefully undo the chain (if you’ve knit into the wrong spot, clip the waste yarn and unpick it) and with your second needle pick up the loops that are released. You will need to ‘find’ a partial stitch at one end or the other to make up 38 sts. Fold scarf wrong sides together without twisting. Hold two needles parallel in left hand. Thread tail of working yarns from last row worked (both strands, cut to 1½yds/1.5m long if necessary) onto a darning needle and graft as follows:
Grafting: Set-up steps: Insert darning needle into first st on front needle as if to purl, leave st on needle and pull yarn through. Insert darning needle into first st on back needle as if to knit, leave st on needle and pull yarn through. Note: Do not pull yarn up tightly, but leave your grafted sts relaxed so they will be easy to identify when you go back to adjust tension later.
Step 1: Insert darning needle into first st on front needle as if to knit, and lift st off needle (do not pull darning needle through st yet).
Step 2: Insert darning needle into next st on front needle as if to purl, but leave st on needle; pull yarn through but don’t pull up tightly.
Step 3: Insert darning needle into first st on back needle as if to purl, and lift st off needle (do not pull darning needle through st yet).
Step 4: Insert darning needle into next st on back needle as if to knit, but leave st on needle; pull yarn through but don’t pull up tightly.
Repeat these four steps until all sts have been lifted off needles, ending with Steps 1 then 3. With tip of darning needle, go back to beginning of grafting and adjust tension of your grafted sts to match tension of knitted rows.
Finishing: Weave in ends. Wet block as specified in pattern, except you’ll insert wires into folds of loop and pull for a little tension. Allow to dry completely.
COLORWAY: Charcoal to Grey.
COLORWAY: Grey to Cream.
COLORWAY: Brown to Black.
COLORWAY: Blue to Red.
COLORWAY: Pink to Cream.
COLORWAY: Green to Black.
Printed Bias Before & After Scarf pattern. (Requires shipping.)
Digital Bias Before & After Scarf pattern plus free ombré adaptation. (Download)