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Let's talk color!

Apr 8, 2011

A friend recently shared an article with me about quirky color combinations, and oddly, I didn't think they were all that quirky!

Here are some of the combos:

—Blue and tomato red
—Burnt orange and khaki
—Orange and fuchsia
—Bright pink and honeydew green
—Burgundy and cornflower blue

You know by now that how that I lean toward earthy, gray-brown-blacks, but I do really love color! Red is one of my favorite accent colors, and I adore almost every shade of blue. Orange is way up there, too.

After thinking about how much I like all of these colors, I decided to take a look through the Interweave Store to find some patterns that lend themselves to some fun colorplay.

Here are four easy knitting patterns I think would be perfect for some creative color combos.

     This is the Roll-Brim Hat by Grace Akhrem. This is an easy hat that's great for everyone, from beginning knitters working on their first in-the-round project to advanced knitters looking for some mindless knitting.

The color possibilities are endless! You can pick a different color for each stripe, use one of the "quirky combos" mentioned above, or make this in a solid color and embellish it with colorful bobbles, crocheted flowers, or embroidery. You could even needle-felt a design onto the hat. A multi-colored pom pom would be cute, too!
The Rapunzel Scarf is made by knitting four I-cords out of a chunky yarn and then braiding them together.

The color choices are endless for this one (well, they are limited by the colors in the yarn you choose). You could do a Rapunzel in bright spring colors, pastels, or my favorite versions of gray with a metallic thread carried in one of the braids (love it!).

You could even make this scarf with three cords made from the same yarn and one make from a novelty yarn. It would be neat to knit three different colored I-cords and knit fourth with a novelty that includes each of the other colors.
The Tamarix Quilt by Heather Zopetti is perfect for the advanced beginner looking to learn a couple of new skills.

Specifically, mitered squares and attached I-cord. Mitered squares are a great technique to use in blankets, and they lend themselves wonderfully to unexpected color choices.

The reason this blanket is so successful in its original version is because Heather chose high contrast, complimentary colors, and part of the fun of knitting this blanket is in the color planning. So if you choose this pattern be ready for lots of interaction with your stash (or time at your LYS)! 
Since I work at home, I have what some might call a slipper wardrobe.

Lisa Shroyer's Easy Peasy Slippers are truly that—easy peasy! I knit one last night and even had time to start duplicate stitching fluer de lis onto the slipper to embellish it! I'm going to knit the other slipper tonight; on Friday, I should have a new pair to add to my wardrobe.


Satisfy your need for color with one of these patterns, or check out the Interweave Store for hundreds more colorful designs!


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Marny wrote
on Apr 8, 2011 2:20 PM

It's never easy for me to mix colors.  It is especially impossible when knitting gifts for other people.

I find it important to ask 'people' to pick the colors ... and, usually, to pick the item.  Hard to make a surprise gift.

McKennaO wrote
on Apr 8, 2011 6:04 AM

Not being a Knit Scene subscriber, I hadn't seen these little gems (Easy Peasy Slippers by Lisa Shroyer). What an adaptable little item. Thanks for posting it.