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How to pick yarn colors that WORK for any project!


Hey there, fellow knitters! 

Are you ready to tackle the world of yarn colors and make your projects pop? Today, we're going to talk about how to choose yarn colors that work for your project and make it truly shine.

First of all, let's get one thing straight: color is POWERFUL. It can evoke emotions, set moods, and transform an entire project. So, don't be afraid to get creative with your color choices! Sometimes the most unconventional color choices look A-MA-ZING together!

To start, think about the overall tone you want to set for your project. Do you want it to be bright and cheerful? Soft and romantic? Bold and dramatic? Once you've decided on the overall tone, you can start selecting colors that will help you achieve that vibe.

Next, consider the color wheel. This handy tool can help you determine which colors will complement each other and create a cohesive look. Colors that are directly opposite each other on the wheel (like blue and orange) are complementary and can create a dynamic contrast. Colors that are next to each other on the wheel (like yellow and green) are analogous and can create a more harmonious look.

But don't be afraid to break the rules! Sometimes unexpected color combinations can create a truly unique and eye-catching project. If you're feeling adventurous, try playing with different shades and hues of the same color or mixing in a bold accent color.

Another tip for choosing yarn colors is to take inspiration from the world around you. Look at nature, art, fashion, and even architecture for color ideas. You might be surprised at how a particular color combination catches your eye and inspires you.

I love searching through Pinterest for inspiration - you can use terms like “bold color palette” or “eclectic color combinations” or “rustic hues” to find color combinations that might surprise you.

Lastly, don't forget about the power of neutrals. Black, white, gray, and beige can act as a foundation for your project and help other colors stand out. 

Once you’ve found a color palette that appeals to you for whichever project you are working on (because remember, you don’t need to use the colors that the designer uses!), search for yarn brands that have the same “feel” as the colors you are looking for. You will find yarn companies, and especially small yarn dyers tend to specialize in a certain type of color. Some might make astonishing neons, others make earth tones, and others have lovely pastels. 

And don't forget about the variety of color options involved in variegated and self-striping yarns, which can add dimension and interest to your project without the need for multiple colors. Check out my Color Play Shawl in the image below - I used two different balls of yarn with very long color changes, fun, right?

Stay tuned for a future post about how to use variegated and self-striping yarns to their fullest potential! 

In the end, choosing yarn colors is all about having fun and expressing your creativity. Don't be afraid to experiment, take risks, and make bold choices. Your finished project will be all the more special for it. Happy knitting!


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