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
|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
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
|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
— 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.
P.S. Do you crochet with multiple colors?