We've been exploring color from a variety of perspectives, because knitters often tell me they have no color sense (their words) or have difficulty envisioning how colors work together. In both instances, it helps to picture the possibilities, so let's look at assorted color combos in action.
Let's start with a small handful of guy-worthy knits featuring colors that are bold, neutral or a mix of both. (Just click the link below the photo to see details about that specific design, and keep reading, there are more guy-worthy examples to follow.)
Flashpoint Black and red with deep purple
Drumlin Cool neutrals with red
Twegen Warm neutrals with black and cream
It can be quite challenging to hit a happy balance when you're making something like an afghan that's intended to be shared by several people, whether that's a newly married couple or an entire family. While many combinations above might work in these instances, here are a few that tend to hold crossover appeal:
Color Check Shades of red, fuchsia, plum, purple and blue
Color Check Greens, blues and yellows
Drumlin Rich gem tones
Twegen Shades of gold, pumpkin and clay
Any of the options above could conceivably work for kids, too. In my family, for example, one kid adores red combined with purple, one loves shades of green and gold, and a third gravitates toward color wheels and rainbows. Another has a passion for the Ohio State Buckeyes, so the red and gray combination would be his pick.
Because the kids in your life have their own preferences, here are a few more kid-worthy examples:
Breidan Muted rainbow shades
Breidan Fuchsia, rose, pink and lavender
Drumlin Vivid greens, blues, purples and pinks
When in Doubt
Clearly, any of these color combos would work not just for afghans but for almost any item you might choose to make.
If you're completely stumped and all else fails, remember my tried-and-true knitting rule: When in doubt, make it blue. Both personal experience and statistical results support this rule, since kids and adults of both genders consistently cite blue as a favorite.
Flashpoint Turquoise and cream
Breidan Blues with shades of blue-green
The point is this: Color plays a different role for each of us.
For me, it's a powerful force. It drives my devotion to clean lines, non-fussy stitches and unisex designs. These elements quickly shift from strong and masculine to gender neutral or soft and feminine with nothing more than a color change, so it's easy to tailor a piece to a particular recipient. It contributes to my fondness for strip and modular construction, which allows me to alter colors and their placement at almost any point in the process. It keeps knitting fun and interesting, because color makes even a familiar pattern or stitch fresh and new.
But that's enough about me.
What's your story? From the projects you choose to the yarns you use, how does color influence your knitting journey?
For more guy combos, click here.
For rainbow combos, click here.
For more kid combos, click here.
For more on rich combos, click here.
For thoughts about color and afghans, click here.