Asquint Skirt: Explore Colorways

Aug 29, 2013

The Asquint Skirt, designed by Annie Modesitt, is bursting with vibrant colors that work surprisingly well together.  Using purple as the base, Annie splashed in chevrons of green, vanilla, golden yellow, and blue to make a beautiful palette just right for Fall.  Typically, I wouldn't pair some of these shades together but the overall look is so effective in the crochet Asquint skirt! 


Though this crochet skirt looks right at home in the year 2013, it does give a nod to colorways that were popular in the 1970s. This led me to wonder how a crocheter might choose yarn colors for this pattern during different decades. As crocheters today, we have our pick of just about any type and hue of yarn from around the world. However, this was not always the case; style trends of the times and availability of fibers/dyes have had a great impact on popular shades in the past.

Let's take a trip in my time machine and see some other options for the Asquint Skirt!  

Asquint Skirt by Annie Modesitt, Interweave Crochet Fall 2013

Destination: 1940s:

Due to war restrictions and rationing, the 1940s had limited colors of yarn available to crafters.  Khakis, dark blues, subdued yellows, greys, and browns were the main palette of the era.  Despite their drab options, crocheters and knitters were pushed to be creative, using small trims of bright colors or ribbons to brighten up the garment.  Unraveling old knit or crochet sweaters was another inventive notion. 

During the war, it became somewhat fashionable to be unfashionable!  The lack of new luxurious clothing was of a symbol that you were participating in the war effort. Practical, warm, working clothes were the new staple for women.

Though I went with brown hues, another fun choice would be navy blues paired with white stripes for a nautical look.  



Brown hues paired with a magenta top.


Destination: 1950s:

Here I tried to combine both the early and late color trends of the 1950s.  The earlier part of the decade saw uplifting pastels and sherbet shades; quite a welcome change from the muted wartime colors of the 40s.  More dyed yarns were becoming available but black and white were still a chic staple.  Another trend during this time was the pairing of a neutral color counterbalanced by a more vibrant shade, such as cream or camel paired with a vibrant red.  Later in the decade, turquoise, oranges, and hot pinks were made popular thanks to the influence from Italian couture. 

The combination of pink and white is one of my favorites.  Something about it conjures up images of romping around in the fresh springtime air.  Another color combo from this era that I just adore is black paired with camel.  The chic classic would look great for the Asquint skirt and can be enhanced by adding a splash of vibrant red. 

Pastel pink and turquoise paired with black and white

Destination:  late 1960s

For this combination, I went with a Mondrian influence which was very popular in the 60s.  Bright primary colors and geometric designs were very much in fashion.  Oranges were often paired with clashing hues such as reds and yellows.  The boundaries of fashion were pushed to the edge during this most colorful decade of the century! 

Bright neons were also quite popular, due mostly to the influence of Andy Warhol and the pop art movement.  A fabulous project would be to pick your favorite Warhol print and use the vibrant color combinations to inspire your yarn choice for this skirt.


Orange accented with bold colors.

So, the moral of the story is to have fun with your color choices!  I would love to hear what inspires your crochet color combinations.  Do you always stick to the pattern?  Maybe natural landscapes act as your muse.  Let us know!  And of course, I have to remind everyone to swatch, swatch, swatch in order to make sure your shades interact pleasantly.



The Vintage Design Workshop by Geraldine Warner was an excellent source for this decade color study.  Though the book is geared toward knitting techniques, much of the information is relevant for crocheters as well. 

Vintage Design Workshop by Gerladine Warner

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pseaton wrote
on Sep 16, 2013 9:03 AM

In answer to your question, "what colors do you think typify this decade?", I'd have to say teal, turquoise,  burnt orange, yellow, beige. There are others, of course. But I see these most often. I'm also taking note of the upswing in popularity of bright primaries and their first blends.

AmandaK wrote
on Sep 16, 2013 9:25 AM

I LOVE your idea of taking colours from each era and applying them to the same design. It has sparked some new ideas for me.......

on Sep 16, 2013 10:32 AM

pseaton: I agree!  Another color that seems to be making a big come back is that sort of bright mod orange so popular during the 60's.  I also love the throw back to camel!

AmandaK: Glad you enjoyed it!  I had so much fun playing around with colors for this post :)  Please share with us your color creations!

on Sep 17, 2013 2:28 PM

I think, pseaton, is right on with her prediction on colors, those would be my choices also, and all of those colors will be shown with black & brown. Actually the colors you've shown in this newsletter, are a good indication, plus throw in some plums.