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Beautiful Projects – Colour Palettes

by ysoldateague March 08, 2016


Choosing colours can be tricky. I know that lots of knitters find experimenting with colour palettes one of the more challenging parts of creating their own unique knits, and that’s one of the many reasons why the project pages of Ravelry are such a great place to look for inspiration. This week I looked at projects that use a very different colour palette to the original design, shown side-by-side with the pattern sample. Its amazing how changing the colours can make such a dramatic difference!

Vevka created this beautiful version of Pyukkleen by playing around a little with colour combinations – this is such a great pattern for using bits of leftovers!

I love this version of Mitbringsel by aliapm, completely different from the original but so effective.

Saudade is another pattern that’s perfect for little bits of yarn, and one that’s easy to play around alternating the background and pattern colour. This version by Solea7 uses a gradient yarn set, and is beautiful!

There are some really stunning versions of Cruden being worked on at the moment, and its great to see knitters experimenting! This vest by lmscott is a great example, her colours are really well chosen and so effective. (She’s just finished a beautiful Strokkur too, you can see more on her instagram page here.)

 A pattern that uses just two colours is a great way to get started with colourwork. A design like Elbert can work well with a completely different, dramatic contrast, or something a bit more subtle like the pink version. Both were made by hollib, so cheerful!

This amazing cardigan by Meise uses the colourwork pattern of Strokkur, with the fit of Chickadee. Beautiful colours, and such a great way to knit a perfect sweater.

Another great two colour combination. These Cotton Reel Mittens were knit by YarnandYarns in perfect spicy colours.


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