I’m always in the mood to create things that help in my color inspiration. Whether, it be paint chips (that I admittedly took in handfuls from Home Depot), Pinterest Mood boards, or browsing through magazines your neighbor hands you as you are getting in your car.
It’s all about color theory…basically, how to select colors that go together.
This lesson will be basic information that I hope you can take and use.
Imagine your caked yarn, or balls if that’s how you roll, 🙂 is organized around the color wheel.
Most yarn companies are mindful of their colors, and making them compatible. We all seem to have our favorite yarn companies, the good news is, they have kept that in mind when selecting colors that work well together.
Designers, yarn companies, and other fiber gurus have figured out (for us) this color theory, so all we have to do is choose the colors we like.
Here’s the basic method:
Analogous colors are next to each other on the color wheel. These are the colors that are near/next to each other and work well together. Generally sticking to 2, 3 or 4 colors.
Complimentary colors are done in pairs and sit directly opposite each other on the color wheel and pack a punch. This is my ideal way to choosing colors when I use the color wheel. I’d recommend going out to your craft store and picking one up. It’s a great tool to have in your box.
Split Analogous colors are the colors that are next to the complimentary colors. Example would be, choose your favorite color on the color wheel, zip straight across. The 2-4 colors on either side of that one color are the Split Analogous colors. Again, choosing 2 or more colors and sticking with every other color on the color wheel.
Another thing that works well, and is cheap (because any home store has walls of them for you to take) are the paint sample chips or cards. They have laid out similar tones on one sheet for you. Don’t even get me started on the hundred of crafty things you can do with them. I follow this board. A blog post all it’s own. Hey, that would be fun to explore. 🙂 Though, this blanket is crochet, can you imagine the possibilities with knit stitches? Oh, how my mind works in
so many mysterious ways.
*taking note as to a next blog post*
So, how about creating your own mood board, or perhaps collecting some paint cards. Get that inspiration flowing with a color wheel. Everyone is a photographer in some way, and I also believe everyone is a designer in some way, as well.
Get Creative and Knit ON, friends!
Deb Buckingham, Author/Designer
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