Color Me Pretty

This week I was inspired by our Intro to Fair Isle workshop to find patterns that play with color. Whether it's finding the right color balance for a project, or contrasting color for an extra pop, almost all of us can agree that color plays a big part in the yarn we love and the projects we make. I always try to offer alternative color options for the patterns I post, but this week I realized I have a certain palette I stick to. (I'll be working on that for you all!). This week, I challenge you to explore mixing colors and textures for your projects. An unusual pairing might end up being a delight! Enjoy and happy making!

Mindcraft by Justyna Lorkowska

A few of my favorite things...on a hat! Justyna Lorkowska designed this hat as a way to say "Thank You" to all of us makers! This free pattern is a fun way to play with color and practice the Fair isle technique. I suggest mixing it up with Mrs. Crosby's Steamer trunk in the color Spicy Habanero & Why Knot's Steady in the color Plum. The deep purple and bright orange play off each other for a dynamic duo.

What you'll need:
Needle size: US 4 (3.5 mm) & US 6 (4 mm)
Yardage: N/A
Weight: DK
Suggested Yarn: Mrs. Crosby, Steamer trunk, in the color Spicy Habanero & Why Knot, Steady, in the color Plum.

 Mindcraft by Justyna Lorkowska Image © Whiteberry

Mindcraft by Justyna Lorkowska
Image © Whiteberry

 Mindcraft by Justyna Lorkowska Image © Whiteberry

Mindcraft by Justyna Lorkowska
Image © Whiteberry

 
 Mrs. Crosby, Steamer Trunk, Spicy Habanero Why Knot, Steady, Plum Image © Firefly Fiber Arts Studio

Mrs. Crosby, Steamer Trunk, Spicy Habanero
Why Knot, Steady, Plum
Image © Firefly Fiber Arts Studio

 

Babala by Mamachee

This hat reminds me of stained class windows, and I really think you can have a lot of fun with a variegated yarn color way for this project. Since Autumn is on it's way, I picked out Lorna's Laces Alperino in the color St. Charles. Pair it with  black yarn to really get the stained glass effect! 

What you'll need:
Hook size: US G (4 mm)
Yardage: 540 yards
Weight: Worsted
Suggested Yarn: Lorna's Laces, Alperino, in the color St. Charles.

 Babala by Mamachee Image © Mamachee

Babala by Mamachee
Image © Mamachee

 Babala by Mamachee Image © Mamachee

Babala by Mamachee
Image © Mamachee

 
 Lorna;s Laces, Alperino, St. Charles Image © Firefly Fiber Arts Studio

Lorna;s Laces, Alperino, St. Charles
Image © Firefly Fiber Arts Studio

 

A Girl's Best Friend by Isabell Kraemer

This shawl might soon become my best friend. Not only can you experiment with color, but I love the texture in this pattern! Knit up with any combination of color, and this shawl is going to be an eye catcher. Because of the beautiful textural quality of this pattern, I chose the Why Knot's Smitten in the colors Silver, Ripple, and Coreopsis. I love the palette, but also think the texture of this Michigan milled yarn will fit wonderfully with the texture of this shawl. 

What you'll need:
Needle size: US 4 (3.5 mm) 
Yardage: 875 - 1028 yards
Weight: Fingering
Suggested Yarn: Why Knot, Smitten, in the colors Silver, Ripple, and Coreopsis.

 A Girl's Best Friend by Isabell Kraemer Image © Isabell Kraemer

A Girl's Best Friend by Isabell Kraemer
Image © Isabell Kraemer

 A Girl's Best Friend by Isabell Kraemer Image © Isabell Kraemer

A Girl's Best Friend by Isabell Kraemer
Image © Isabell Kraemer

 
 Why Knot, Smitten, Silver, Ripple, & Coreopsis Image © Firefly Fiber Arts Studio

Why Knot, Smitten, Silver, Ripple, & Coreopsis
Image © Firefly Fiber Arts Studio

 

Tea House Wrap by Alexandra Tavel

This is a great shawl to try out a new palette! With five colors, you can keep it neutral, pop some color, or go all out with your color combination. I picked out a dusty berry palette for this shawl in Woolfolk's FAR line with colors, 01, 02, 12, 15, & 18. Not only will this shawl be beautiful, but warm and oh so soft (if you have not tried Woolfolks yarn yet, it's a must!)

What you'll need:
Hook size: US L (8 mm)
Yardage: 1200 yards
Weight: Worsted
Suggested Yarn:Woolfolk, FAR, in colors 01, 02, 12, 15, & 18.

 Tea House Wrap by Alexandra Tavel Image © Two of Wands

Tea House Wrap by Alexandra Tavel
Image © Two of Wands

 Tea House Wrap by Alexandra Tavel Image © Two of Wands

Tea House Wrap by Alexandra Tavel
Image © Two of Wands

 
 Woolfolk, FAR, 01, 02, 12, 15, & 18 Image © Firefly Fiber Arts Studio

Woolfolk, FAR, 01, 02, 12, 15, & 18
Image © Firefly Fiber Arts Studio

 

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