Here we go! My first What She Said Wednesday blog post! Yesterday in my FB Page Live Video, I talked about how to choose colors that go together. Here is a little more of a detailed post with the samples I shared yesterday...
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.First of all, grab yourself a color wheel. I just do an internet search and there are many to choose from! You can have a basic one, or go all out fancy, whatever catches your eye will work.
Well, there are four basic types of color schemes that you can choose from. The first is an Analogous Color Scheme. For this you need one main color paired with 2 colors directly beside it on the color wheel. Here I have a pretty spring green paired with a soft blue and tan. This is NOT a high contrast pairing. Instead, it's soft and subdued. I like to think of Autumn. Red, Yellow, Orange, Rust, all colors that go well together. Very soothing.
Ultimately, when choosing colors to go together on a project, most yarn companies work really hard to ensure that each Line of yarn has colors that really work well together, which makes mixing and matching a lot of fun and virtually fool-proof! Some of my favorite brands for color matching are Lion Brand Yarn Heartland, Patons Classic Wool Worsted and Cascade Ultra Pima. The colors are drool-worthy and the yarn itself is nice to work with. Now, if you just can't find what you are looking for from one line of yarn, go ahead and mix it up! Rules are meant to be broken! All the examples I shared above are from several different brands. Keep in mind a couple things when doing this.
1) Not all weights are created equal. A worsted yarn is not always the same as every other worsted.Think Red Heart Yarns With Love and Caron Simply Soft. To make sure your gauge isn't going to be way off, check the yarn labels. Most manufacturers give you the gauge for that particular yarn along with the hook or needle size they used. For example, if you choose Lion Brand Heartland, you will see that they recommend a J (6mm) hook and give a gauge of 12 sts = 4". Lion Brand also has another worsted called 24/7 Cotton. This yarn recommends a G (4mm) hook and a gauge of 14 sts = 4". Even though they are both worsted yarns, you may end up with a wonky looking finished item with multiple gauges throughout.
2) So, you matched the weight and gauge, but what about the fibre content? Not all fibres are created equal. Even if weight, hook size and gauge all match, if you start mixing cotton, wool, acrylic and blends, your item will not wash or wear evenly. It would be terrible if your beautiful garment washed up and parts shrunk while others stretched out. So just make sure to stick to one fibre to make sure this doesn't happen to you!
Alright, I could go on but I will leave more for another post! Next week I will discuss how to coordinate variegated yarns, as well as some tools and resources you can use to keep track of your projects, and to plan out your colors!
Happy Yarn Shopping!
My name is Pam! I'm a 30-something WAHM of two amazing children! I live in beautiful Northern Ontario with my husband, kids and our feisty Westie, Rigby.