3KCBWDAY1 – Colour Lovers

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,Β 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.

To read all about other peoples’ love of colour from those taking part in Knitting and crochet blog week, simply perform a Google search for the tag 3KCBWDAY1, or click here.

59 thoughts on “3KCBWDAY1 – Colour Lovers

  1. I like pooling, but only in socks. Then I actively try to make the colours do crazy things πŸ˜‰ Otherwise, I definitely prefer solids, semi solids or long colour changes too!

  2. Great post – I am already loving participating in blog week for the first time. I love your photography. Baktus scarf is a great pattern for using a gorgeous skein. Hitchhiker is another good one πŸ™‚

    Martine

  3. Love your giant mosaic πŸ™‚ I hear ya on the pooling. Sometimes you see a skein with great colors and the only problem is the short color changes which end up limiting what you can make with it!

  4. I too love colour…..maybe my crocheting colourful things is an outlet for the fact I don’t really wear a lot of brights…..I’m not sure, but I find the more combinations I try, the more I like…..

  5. I love your rainbow makes – those socks are to die for! And your comment about an accessory in a single bright colour lifting and giving versatility to other clothing is so true. It’s also thrifty as it can give a whole new look to an outfit that is otherwise past its best and needs refreshing (thrifty) or replacing (not-so-thrifty!)

  6. I’m so in love with this post! The color is just staggeringly beautiful! I love the pillow the best, it is very similar to a project I’m working on now (but much better coordinated than mine!)

  7. I do like your rainbow of projects πŸ™‚ This post has reminded me that I’ve been meaning to play around with variegated yarns a bit more.

  8. Wow, those are some amazing projects and a great way to show them off! Well done. I really love the multi coloured pillow. I’m not really a rainbow colour person, but I drool over your projects!

  9. Wow, what an eye candy, colorful post! All your projects are gorgeous, but those rainbow socks and mosaic pillow took my breath away! I have been really into bright Zauberball yarns lately and that Baktus scarf is high on my list.

  10. I’m impressed with your equal opportunity approach to color and accessories. I definitely tend to naturally gravitate toward two or three colors, although I’m not afraid of color either. πŸ™‚

  11. I have several skeins of self-striping/colour-progression yarn which I have been saving, but seeing your Baktus scarf has made me think I should get working with it!

    You have some lovely work in wonderful colours – love the ‘rainbow’ arrangement.

    A great start to Blog week!

    B x

  12. Your collage is spectacular and wonderfully arranged. I love your rainbow socks, too, and I think this topic is a magnificent starting point for Knit Crochet Blog Week!

  13. I am so in love with that first photograph you posted. (I should have mentioned in my own post that I’m a big rainbow fan. #FAIL)

    I like variegated yarns, personally, but I’ve found a lot of difficulty working with them (particularly pairing a bright, variegated yarn with lacy socks–ultimately, I named the project Clown Barf socks and frogged the one I made).

  14. What an interesting and beautiful post. Your finished objects look so pretty. I especially love that little green and pink dress.

    Thanks so much for organizing blog week.

  15. Lovely projects and colors! The socks are awesome! I am starting to knit socks and I am having fun looking at all the crazy, bright, self-striping yarns. I am totally going to make a pair of rainbow socks. πŸ™‚

  16. Color is very cool! Your baby block pillow is gorgeous! Lots of fun with the blog this week. Looking forward to having a great time and getting to know some new yarn people too:)

  17. I love all of your rainbows! πŸ™‚ It’s so cool how you’ve made projects in that many colors. I agree that pooling yarn is absolutely impossible (or, at least, very difficult πŸ˜‰ to work with- I’ve tried a few pairs of socks with variegated yarn and I dislike even the slightest pooling.

  18. I really admire how you’re not afraid of color. I love how you go bold. Everything looks amazing on you. Love your colorwork. Those knee highs are fabulous!

  19. Lovely rainbow of projects.
    Thanks for organizing this Challenge. It is my first time, and I am having a blast.
    Looking forward to checking as many blogs as possible.
    See you around,
    Ana BC

  20. With scheduled blog post problems blogger has been an issue recently. Almost thought my blog post, which was scheduled to post…was going to be missed. But, it did make it. Still looking forward though to some visitors. I agree on the bold, as I prefer that too. The solid colors I believe show stitch patterns better then variegated, but I love the surprise of variegated and use quite a bit of it.

  21. Love all the colors. I am also not intimidated by color. I am of the mind that the brighter the color the better for me.

    Thank you so much for organizing blog week! Time for me to go work on Day 2!

  22. Love it, love it, LOVE IT! Life is too short for black and white, colour all the way for me.
    The cushion is fantastic and I may just have to add it to my list. My daughter has been looking at optical illusions in a book, this would look fantastic in her room.

  23. What a beautiful variety of colour, and I love the socks! I’m hoping to try sock making some time this year and hope to be donning some vibrant toe toasties for winter!

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