Color Knitting: A Rainbow Connection

My super stripey tee shirt (made up pattern myself, used Filatura di Crosa Brilla yarn)

Remember Kermit the Frog singing “The Rainbow Connection”? That song meant a lot to my 12-year-old self. I just loved the thought of the right people finding each other: “the lovers, the dreamers, and me.”

Kermit was right, you know, the colors of the rainbow, plus the myriad other colors that exist, do connect us to each other. I just got back from Interweave Knitting Lab, which was so much fun, and the color knitting I saw was amazing. It was like being at a walking fashion show.

A closeup of my stripe sequence

There was a certain color-block wrap that I couldn’t take my eyes off of—huge blocks of bright pink, yellow, and green, all connected with wide strips of black. It was stunning, and something I’d never wear!

But that doesn’t mean I didn’t love it. I was so drawn to it, I hunted down the lady who was wearing it and we had a 10-minute conversation, all about her color choices and the pattern (which she designed).

If I were to do a wrap like that I think I’d use shades of the same color. I just don’t wear super bright colors a lot, let alone several at once! I wish I were more adventurous, and I even tried once or twice (see the photo above left) but I only wore my creations a couple of times. I thought that since there were so many colors in this tee that I’d be able to wear it with anything. But it really only worked with black or white pants or shorts.

I think I did a great job with the colors! Check out the photo at right; see how I paired similar colors and put a stripe of black between each pairing? And see how the colors on the body match up to the colors on the sleeves? Pretty well done, if I do say so myself.

Top: Forest Flower Mitts; bottom: Faded Splendor Tam

This particular sweater started out as a seriously ugly poncho. I ripped it, re-skeined the yarn, steamed out the Top Ramen-esque wiggles, and wound it back into balls. I remember putting all of the colors on the floor and sitting down with them to choose the stripe sequence. It was so much fun putting the balls together over and over again to see what would work best. I tried lots of variation before deciding pairing up like colors.

What really made it work for me was when I decided to separate each pairing with two rows of black. It really makes everything pop. The ribbing at the armholes and waist are done in black, too.

You know, the more I talk about this tee, the more I like it. I think I’ll pull it out and try to brighten up my life with a little color! It will look great with black jeans and a black cardigan sweater, don’t you think?

Want to join me in brightening up your wardrobe—and the coming winter—with some color knitting? Check out our eMag, ColorKnits! There’s so much to learn about color in this eMag, and so many fun patterns to work with!

You can start exploring color knitting with Roositud, a traditional Estonian inlay technique displayed beautifully in Nancy Bush’s lovely Forest Flower Mitts. Then get into some serious Fair Isle with Janine Bajus’ fabulous Faded Splendor Tam.

Download ColorKnits today, I’ll dig out my striped tee, and let’s brighten up the joint!


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