"The rules of color theory don't interest me as much as
experimentation and picking up colors and swatching and turning them into something
that excites your eyes." — Kathy Merrick.
Kathy Merrick is my color idol. Her gorgeous
Babbette Blanket, one of her most famous patterns and one of my favorites, uses
a total of seventeen different colors. How did she choose seventeen colors that
all work together?
In her new workshop, Colorful
Crochet with Kathy Merrick, Kathy shares her tricks for working
with multiple colors, from choosing the right combination of colors to
designing with multiple colors. I took several pages of notes while watching
this workshop and almost wore out my rewind button.
Here are only a few of my favorite tips for crocheting with
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Find Inspiration All
The hardest part of working with multiple
colors is choosing them. I have spent hours staring at skeins of yarn trying to
decide which colors would work together in a crochet pattern. It can be
Kathy recommends finding color inspiration in
other mediums. Choose a postcard, painting, fashion illustration, or fabric
that you love; then mimic the colors from your inspiration piece when you are
Play With Color
This may sounds obvious, but playing with
color combinations will teach you a lot about which colors you like. Kathy
suggests challenging yourself by choosing two colors that you don't normally
use. Then continue to add colors until you create a combination you like. You
can also try building a color combination around your two favorite colors. I
actually found this a more difficult challenge.
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Then creating color combinations it is wise to add yellow. Yellow
is a color that is not a common favorite, but it makes other colors look good.
The Color Pink
Sometimes colors take on a level of importance beyond their
simple shade. When we see a pink ribbon, we think of breast cancer awareness. Like many of you, my life has been affected by breast cancer.
Cancer Awareness Week, 30% of all Crochet
Me Shop proceeds will go to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
This is a great cause, so please join me in supporting them.
Watch Out for
What are screamers? Screamers are any color
that stands out too much and draws the eye, preventing it from moving across
the piece. Some colors are frequent screamers. A bright white or stark black
may dominate the project so much that it takes all of the attention away from
the other colors. That doesn't mean you should never use screamer colors, but
play with how much of the color you use. Some patterns, such as those with
motifs, may benefit from screamer colors.
Before starting your swatch, place all of
your colors together on a flat surface and study them. Does one color dominate
the others? Try removing this color or only making a portion of it visible.
Then it is important to swatch. A collection of colors may look different after
they have been worked into a pattern.
Crochet with Kathy Merrick today and start creating colorful
crochet creations today. For immediate gratification, download this workshop now.
P.S. What is your favorite color combination?