Let’s admit it. Even for experienced designers, choosing colours for stranded colourwork can sometimes seem daunting.
So what do you do? You may pull out all of your yarn in a given weight, or head to your local yarn shop, and then feel overwhelmed by the colourful mess of possible options.
Week of Colour : 5 days, 5 example hats
Our Week of Colour is designed to make the process of choosing a palette simpler. This coming week we will outline several colour strategies which you can use as a guide. Beginning with a colour strategy can help by narrowing your choices to a manageable number!
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choose a colour strategy
How does choosing a colour strategy help? A strategy narrows the focus and limits your decisions. For example, once you decide that you’re going to work in 2 colours, then all that remains is to choose which two. You can simply choose your main colour, then try out various contrast yarns until you find one that feels right. Or if you decide you would like to do a Fair Isle style blend using 3 background colours and 3 foreground colours, you may begin by choosing the approximate value of either your background or foreground, then choosing the opposing blend that will have sufficient contrast to make the pattern really pop!
In the past we shared tips for knitting colourwork, how to collect your favourite colour combos, and how to choose a great colourwork palette, but the Week of Colour will delve deeper into the specific ways you can use colour in stranded patterns.
After you’ve knit a number of colourwork projects, this process may become second nature to you. You will get comfortable improvising on the needles. But when you are starting out, it helps to choose a strategy and narrow down the set of decisions that you’ll have to make before you can cast on. The Week of Colour starts next Monday, October 16th!
The Week of Colour
- Monochrome Monday will look at monochrome and 2 colour pairs
- Tonal Tuesday will illustrate how effective an ombre can be
- Wacky Wednesday will explore wackier combos; using handpaints and speckles, marled, handspun, and self-striping yarns
- Tricolour Thursday will cover the complexity you encounter with three colour combinations
- Fair Isle Friday will overview the Fair Isle blending technique with a 6-colour example
Even given LOADS of info, you’re still not guaranteed to nail it the first time. Swatching is vital, because it’s nearly impossible to know whether you’ll like the finished combination until you get the yarns on the needles. Still, we we hope these tutorials point you in the right direction!
Are you ready for this?!
If you want to play along, get the free Anthology pattern to start designing your own accessory patterns now! Anthology is a great starting point so you can venture into designing your own colourwork yoke sweater with our Strange Brew pattern.
What are you most confused about?
When it comes to stranded colourwork or Fair Isle knitting, many people have questions! Let us know, in the comments, what is holding you back, or what you’d like to learn, and we’ll do our best to cover it in our coming tutorials. Many knitters find Fair Isle knitting delicious and addictive once they get started, so we would love to introduce you to this world of colour!
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