7 Unique Ways To Get Color Inspired
Have you ever been in a rut about color choices for a crochet project? I know I have, at times your color selection is a no brainer, but other times at least for me, it’s not so easy, especially if you are trying to put your own touch to a project. With so many beautifully colored yarns to pick from it can be easy to get overwhelmed with choices. This month on Crochet Break I thought I would share with you some fun ways I get my color inspiration. I hope you find this useful, please let me know what you think.
Go with the Season
When in doubt pick colors that go with the season or holiday. You can turn pretty much any crochet piece into a seasonal/holiday treasure just by color selection. Here are a few examples:
Winter – When I think winter I think blues and whites, snowflakes and ice cycles. See a scarf pattern you like, not sure about the color? Just change it up to a winter blue with white trim and poof you have a winter scarf.
Christmas – Easy right, anything you make in red and green becomes a Christmas treat, mix it up and add a touch of gold or silver. Maybe you have a favorite Messy Bun hat pattern that you use a lot, use red and green during Christmas and poof you are in the holiday spirit.
Spring – Pastels baby! Spring is great because you really can use all the colors just with a pastel tone. You can mix and match any pastel color and it just works its that easy.
Summer – Summer is all about the brights, use your primary colors, it’s a great way to use those bold bright yarns.
Fall – Perhaps my favorite season, you can’t go wrong with fall colors, browns, golds, reds, and greens your sure to look good with any of these color choices.
The Color Theories
Knowing the basic color theories and using the color wheel has inspired many of my creations. These simple rules can really make it easy for you to pick colors for your next project. Lets pretend you have a light blue yarn you want to work with, now let’s go through the color theories to help us decide which colors to use.
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- Analogous – Pick colors next to each other on the color wheel. In our example we could pick dark blue, and purple, or green and dark blue to go with our light blue.
- Complementary – Pick opposite colors. Pair light blue with a dark orange, this would be a great summer color combo.
- Pick warm or cool colors. Warm colors are considered red, yellow and orange, whereas cool colors are blue, green or purple. Using this theory with light blue we would pick the cool color scheme, another great winter color combo.
- Triadic – Pick colors that make a triangle on the color wheel. Light blue paired with Maroon and light orange would be a triadic color pick.
- Split Complementary – Pick two colors across from your main color. Light blue, red and orange would be an example.
- Triadic – Make a rectangle. In our example you could use light blue with dark purple, dark orange and light orange.
If you find the color wheel theory interesting and want to learn more, I encourage you to check out this website: http://lifehacker.com/learn-the-basics-of-color-theory-to-know-what-looks-goo-1608972072
Pick your Favorites
They are your favorites for a reason, because they look great right. There is no better way to add your touch to any project than by picking your favorite colors. I love purple, so if I’m making anything for me, its sure to have purple in it. By choosing my favorite color I can match almost anything with it and it looks good cuz its my favorite, plus I always have this color in my yarn stock.
If you making a project as a gift then pick their favorite colors, they will be sure to love it.
One of my favorite ways to pick colors is to look at other color palettes. If you search for color palettes in Pinterest or Google you’ll get more choices and visual aids than you can imagine, add an adjective to narrow down your results. Here are some examples of search words I use and my favorite results:
Modern Color Palettes:
Retro Color Palettes:
Spring Color Palettes:
Working with Multi Colored Yarn
Using multi colored yarn makes color choosing easy. You pick the multi colored yarn you like, pair it with an offset color or a color that matches the yarn, or just use it solo. Red Heart and Lion Brand makes some very beautiful multi colored yarns.
Using the Lion Brand’s “Unique” yarn line looks good on any project:
Or try Red Heart’s “Unforgettable” line of yarns for a shawl:
Mix It Up
One of my favorite things about crochet is the versatility, this includes color. I had a blanket my grandmother made when I was a baby, she used what appears to be her scrap yarn and simple HDC stitches, it was warm and homey. I ended up passing it down so I can’t show you but that just proves the color choices and durability will live on! If your making a blanket rug, bag, or really anything, using up your scraps of all colors works well and its an easy relaxing way to pick your colors.
Here are some of my favorite freebie patterns that uses up scrap yarns:
Zig-Zag-Zoom Bottle Cozy by Moogly: http://www.mooglyblog.com/zig-zag-zoom-bottle-cozy/
Pizzazz Poncho by Yarntopia: https://yarnutopia.com/2015/11/19/the-pizzazz-poncho/
Mini Squares by Attic24: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/2013/02/little-squares.html
As We Go Stripey Blanket by Not Your Average Crochet: https://notyouraveragecrochet.com/as-we-go-stripey-blanket/
Keep it Simple
For me this is a tough one, I love color! But color doesn’t always belong with certain project. Sticking to basic tones of whites, grays, and browns, give a modern warm look to just about anything. Sometimes color is not better, when you’re not sure just stick to these simple tones, they are sure to go with any style. Check out these patterns by Mama In a Stitch, she just has a great way turning simple color choices into modern works of art:
Next time you’re in a color conundrum I hope these tips can help you out. If you have any tips that help you pick color I would love to hear ’em! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out my Contact form below, and let me know your thoughts.
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