Knitting and Color: Choosing Winning Color Combos
Choosing great color combinations for knitting and crochet projects isn't just for stranded colorwork or fair isle- there are all sorts of amazing patterns that the look fantastic with customized gradients, fun colorful stripes, and other clever combinations. Sometimes a pattern calls specifically for multiple skeins, or you may want to try out combinations of your own when knitting otherwise simple stitches like stockinette, garter, or moss stitch.
It is often easier to combine colors when you get the yarn from the same dyer, as you often see consistencies in shades, depth of tone, and across yarn bases. Some dyers (like us!) allow you to choose your yarn weight for any of our colorways, giving you even more creative control over the combinations you can make. Let's take a look at some examples:
What about finding your own color combinations? There are lots of ways to get inspired! Here are some techniques to find color combination inspiration:
- Instagram! When you see great photos of knits or yarn combinations, save them. There is a small rectangular 'bookmark' under each photo in your feed, just below the photo on the right hand side. This allows you to bookmark the image. You can find your whole collection of bookmarks on your Instagram profile page, on the right side just above your previously posted Instagram photos.
- Ravelry.com: When you see beautiful knits or crocheted items on Pinterest that put together colors in a way you love, be sure to favorite them, and use a helpful tag like 'color inspiration' so that you can review your favorites for inspirations when you are looking to put together colors yourself. As project pages most often have the exact yarns and colorways listed, It cna be even more helpful to see how people are combining colors.
- All around you: artwork, buildings, the well put-together outfit of someone passing by. Inspiration can be found all a round us - try to tune into the color combinations and ask what about it works for you when you see something you like.
- Eye shadow palettes. It seems odd, but the makeup aisle could bring all sorts of color inspiration! Eye shadow palettes are already put together to have complementary shades with pops of contrast, and are frequently already assembled in groups of 3 or 4 colors, making them perfect to consider as a source of inspiration for putting together yarn combinations. Colors that work together on your skin are likely to play well together when knitted together, too.