3KCBWDAY1 – Colour Lovers
Colour is one of our greatest expressions of ourselves when we choose to knit or crochet, so how do you choose what colours you buy and crochet or knit with. Have a look through your stash and see if there is a predominance of one colour. Do the same with your finished projects – do they match? Do you love a rainbow of bright hues, or more subdued tones. How much attention do you pay to the original colour that a garment is knit in when you see a pattern? Tell readers about your love or confusion over colour.
I am not intimidated by colour, and I don’t have a preferred palette of hues beyond the fact that I love bold, bright saturated colours, especially in accessories. A well-chosen bright accessory expands a more subdued basic wardrobe into a selection of base pieces for any number of looks, and my knitting and the colours that I choose to work in reflect this rather well.
I often choose to work with bold, solid coloured yarns as I feel they give me the greatest control over what I am working on. I can introduce a number of colours through the use of colour work, so I can place each section or motif of colour exactly where I choose it to be.
Another way in which I enjoy employing colourful yarns is to use a self-striping yarn, with long stretches of uninterrupted colour, or yarns which fade slowly from one colour to the next to produce a slowly emerging spectrum in a knitted piece.
Yarns that fade from one colour to the next are among my most favourite to work with. Often I will let the yarn just do it’s own thing (keeping an eye on the colour progression to make sure that it isn’t interrupted by a knot that ties a sharply contrasting piece of green yarn to a red end, to give a break in the wonderful flow of colour) but sometimes I will choose to manipulate these changing colours further by striping them, either with a solid coloured yarn or against another section of the same yarn but at a different point in the run of colours, as with my stripy Baktus scarf.
The one combination of yarn and colour I have avoided until recently, however, have been variegated yarns, especially where the colours in the yarn have been bold and with strong contrast, as although I know some people love the excitement of discovering whether a yarn will pool or not, I personally find projects that pool generally not to my taste. However, experimentation and experience have recently lead me to try a few new tactics with variegated yarns, and a combination of choosing the right type of project to work with the right type of yarn, and a good knowledge of knitting stitches and what various stitches do to manipulate the yarn, has lead me to start to get a good grasp on making variegated yarns work for me, as you will see by the current works in progress in my sidebar. Though I think I will stick to solid colours and yarns that either self stripe or fade from one hue into another for the majority of my knitting, it is good to know that all avenues of yarn are now open to me, and that as long as I remain willing to experiment and admit to myself when a project just isn’t quite working that I will be able to enjoy variegated yarns from time to time.
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