In the upcoming Fall issue of Interweave Crochet, we give you a zillion reasons to love color in your crochet projects. There is a feature article about swatching on a large scale to practice colorwork in Superswatch (to the rescue!). Back to Basics has you covered with all the surface crochet techniques used in the issue. New & Notable gives you the tools to make your crochet colorwork experiences go smoothly. But how about choosing colors? How do you know which colors will be happiest together? How do you pick the best, most wham-bam color combinations every time?
Start by taking an image or object that has colors that speak to you. We'll use a beautiful shot of the Chevron Scarf that appears in the new Fall issue. It's from one of my favorite color-lovers, Kathy Merrick:
Chevron Scarf, Interweave Crochet Fall 2012
Next, find a color palette generator. A simple web search will return tons of free sites to try. One of my favorites is kuler.adobe.com. Kuler will ask you to upload the image from your computer and VOILA! All the colors of the image are automically pulled out by the program and into a palette you can use for yarn inspiration!
You can use your cursor to manually adjust the colors you want to isolate in the image, or kuler can automatically choose the mood and tone of the colors as well. Here is the same image, but with a more muted palette:
kuler.com also allows you to start with a base color that you like, and then the program chooses its complementary colors for you. You can also browse thousands of color palettes created by other users. Once you're done, you can save your color palette to your computer or in your kuler "library", or print it off and bring it with you to the yarn shop!
Another website to try is called ColorHexa. Here's the abridged version of how ColorHexa works: all colors on your computer monitor have a code, or a numerical representative. ColorHexa is basically the dictionary for every single one of these codes. You can generate your own color codes, then get their color friends and all the tones of that color. You can browse through their library of color codes to find your favorites, and find their complements, too.
Enjoy playing with color on these sites. But be warned: once you start, you may not be able to stop!
Happy Stitching and don't forget to pick up the new Fall issue of Interweave Crochet, chock full of color inspiration!
P.S. How do you draw color inspiration? Leave a comment below and tell us!