Today in the KNITSONIK & Friends Colour to Knit Club I was finally able to launch Flombre – Flowers + Ombre – a super matchy accessory set of cowl, hat and mittens which 1. celebrates the interplay of light and shade on flowers 2. utilises the wondrous gradient powers of John Arbon Textiles’ Knit By Numbers yarn range.
I worked on this design last summer while feeling too ill to do anything other than knit; a kindly neighbour kept bringing me amazing sweet pea flowers which, – together with cornflowers from my garden – perfectly matched my projects. This design will always remind me of quiet nights, the bounty of the garden in high summer, and the kindness of friends and soothing colours.
I loved the rhythmic colour-changes when I worked on this last year…
…and the anticipation of moving to the next shade in each sequence.
For this design I repurposed the motif from my Efflorescent Shawl: Cherry Blossom Edition to see how reworking shading sequences and making colour repeats much longer might transform how the whole idea of flowers is conveyed…
…like all the designs in the KNITSONIK & Friends: Colour to Knit eBook, the Flombre Accessory Set comes with lots of resources to uplift your creative play. Gradient planners; an essay on creative process; colouring-in pages to print and colour; and charts in full colour, black and white, and for you to colour in yourself, are all provided to get your creative juices going and to provide a framework for playing with gradients and shading sequences in stranded colourwork designs.
I felt Flombre would be the ideal stepping stone between Cheers! and the final design in the book, as with its two colours (hues) but rich interplay between values (light/dark) and temperature (hot/cold), the charts and accompanying notes for this chapter break down many of the ideas needed for planning more complex stranded colourwork designs. Here, though you are exploring values and temperatures, sticking with just two colours helps simplify things.
Plus, at the end of knitting this lot you will be really warm and joyously matchy-matchy.
YOURS IN ALL THE MATCHING ACCESSORIES,