I think the question I’m asked the most is how I come up with some of my color combos for my knits. And related to that, over the weekend someone asked me how I combine different yarns from different companies for my projects. I thought I’d answer both of those things for people who might be wondering the same thing.
I have always loved color and patterns, I think I get that from my Mom. As I’ve gotten older my color and pattern choices have gotten a bit bolder. I’ve found that when I wear color I feel better, I’m happier. when I wear neutrals or a lot of black I just feel blah. I wore a predominantly black outfit to work a few years ago and was asked so many times what was wrong because apparently I never wear black. LOL So when it comes to picking yarn, I like to go vibrant. I was thinking of color this weekend because the Paleta sweater has been on my brain.
This sweater is a mix of colorwork done with dk weight yarn and then stripes of solid color are done with mohair yarn so it has sheer panels. The first time I saw this I was intrigued and it just keeps coming back to me and I feel like it will get made this summer. So I decided to go into my stash and look up color combos for whenever I’m ready to make this one for myself. I initially came up with these two color combos:
Left is some of the leftover Berroco DK in a rich pumpkin color from my Pippi sweater, middle is some mohair I picked up from Kim Dyes Yarn and right is a really rich olive green Miss Babs Yowza I bought at last year’s Maryland Sheep and Wool festival. This palette would be very soft and autumnal but doesn’t really have the punch I want. So then I pulled this combo out of my stash:
Left another leftover of Berroco DK in a dark denim from my husband’s colorblocked sweater, an insanely bright skein of Fly from Hedgehog Fibres and a gorgeously vivid sapphire blue skein of mohair from Periwinkle Sheep. I liked this and it was close but wasn’t 100% there…and then a few hours later I made this change:
I added in this aloe green from House of a la Mode yarns and I knew this was the punchy fun color combo I’d want for my Paleta sweater. I play around and pull skeins together until I smile. Until the color combo makes me say YES I can’t wait to make this. Now when it comes to mixing yarns from different brands, I look at how close the textures and feel of the yarn match. It isn’t often that I can’t mix a same weight yarn with another but this pullover is also marrying dk weight and lace weight in a way I hadn’t thought of – so why not play? And if you aren’t sure about your choice just swatch it. See if it works. Some sweaters are all one brand of the same yarn but sometimes they’re not and it’s just about whether or not I want to try mixing things up. So how do you pick your color combos for projects?