Learn Tips for Playing with Color

I adore color! There are very few colors that I don't love, but when it comes to combining multiple colors in a single project, I will admit to some intimidation. So I couldn't wait to watch Kathy Merrick's Colorful Crochet workshop. Tips for how to create a pleasing combination of colors, which colors can stand out too much (be careful with your use of bright white and yellow), and tricks for how to visualize how a color combination will look in the finished project-the tips and tricks I learned in this video left me excited to jump into my first colorwork crochet project.

Babbette Blanket by Kathy Merrick  

Here is Kathy Merrick to tell you a little bit about the process of combining colors.

Learn to Play with Color

I know that there are crocheters who don't yelp with joy at the sight of a yarn store wall or a webpage loaded with yarn in a plethora of colors. The idea of trusting yourself enough to choose colors with which to create an entire sweater, blanket, or shawl can be scary.

The best way to ease yourself into working with color is to start with a small-scale project. You will learn about what appeals to you and what looks attractive as you work on it. You might begin by copying a pleasing color scheme from a beautiful postcard, a magazine photo, a piece of printed fabric (look at the selvedges for a color key), or a book illustration.

  Meadow Shawl by Kathy Merrick

When you've decided on your color inspiration, look for materials that are sold in small individual quantities. Your local craft store stocks hundreds of colors of embroidery floss and crewel yarn, which come in eight or ten yards in each skein. The best thing about this method is that you can add many colors, shades, and tones without having to invest in whole skeins of yarn in colors that may not work out.

Finally, try choosing some colors you don't really like and then add or subtract until you get something that looks beautiful. Vibrant combinations of pinks and oranges maybe overwhelming, but add a little gray and a little dull green and it looks smoother. The quiet stone colors of a northern beach may look dull and insipid, but shots of periwinkle and chartreuse make them sparkle.

Swirls Pillows from Crochet in Color  

The most important point to remember here is simply this: experiment with color and have fun doing it! The projects in the following pages will ease you gently into using color and then carry you along as you become more and more confident in your colorwork abilities. And for those of you who are ready for a challenge right away—never fear, there are plenty of projects employing more advanced techniques and fearless color combinations.

— Kathy Merrick, from Crochet In Color

Urchins and Limpets Blanket from Crochet in Color

Learn how to play with color and create your own stunning colorwork crochet pieces. Order or download Kathy Merrick's workshop Colorful Crochet with Kathy Merrick and check out Kathy's fabulous patterns, great for playing with your own color selections.

Best wishes,

P.S. Do you crochet with multiple colors?


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