Nov 5, 2017

10 Terrific Fall Color Combos

Now that autumn has arrived and the leaves are turning, fall color combinations are on my mind. After a slow start, the trees are now ablaze with color and the ground is lightly coated so every footstep is accompanied by a satisfying rustle and crunch.

To mark this transition, the summer-weight afghans have been stowed and their autumnal siblings have been released from storage. There's at least one afghan draped on a couch or chair in every room (including my office), so something cozy is at hand as the days grow shorter and the temps grow cooler.

I love neutrals, but as the temps fall, I become ever more enamored with rich, hearty colors to offset the growing grey and gloom. Mother nature seems to feel the same, since she's pulled out all the stops and delivered a true visual feast of heartwarming hues.

While I work to finish up Herlacyn with its warm, saturated shades, I've been entertaining myself thinking about favorite color combinations particularly well-suited to fall. If your thoughts have been traveling in the same vein, you might find some of these options useful.

Here are 10 terrific fall color combos:

Classic I
Coffee, currant, squash

Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg

Bark, olive, squash

Rosemary, sage, thyme

Sage, orange, ginger

Classic II
Olive, currant, honey

Lake, deep rust, gold

Old pewter, ruby, old gold

Sugar maple, oak, aspen

Apple, pumpkin, cider

As always, this assortment doesn't come close to exhausting the full range of possibilities, but if you're on a fall color quest, they'll get you started.

Spice, Greenery and Foliage would look lovely worked as three- or five-stage tone-on-tone ombres or gradients, and you could create a fun rainbow effect by mixing and matching colors from different clusters.

If you're seeking surefire combinations for the guys on your knitting list, it's difficult to go wrong with autumn-based schemes, which most men find naturally appealing. Whatever course of action you choose, have fun and experiment.

Meanwhile, I can't think of a better way to make the most of this colorful season than by knitting something in enticing fall shades. Can you?


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  1. I am terrible with color combinations beyond the most basic, so this was really helpful. I was wondering what color combinations to try for my next scarf, and now I have ideas. Thank you!

    1. I'm so glad you found it helpful, Nicole. I tend to get stuck in color ruts, so it was fun to take a fresh look at combos I sometimes overlook : )


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