A big factor that affects the quality of a knitting project is the choice of colours. Get them right and your finished results will create a beautiful and artistic effect, whether you’re looking for a ‘pop’ or a natural, organic finish. Get them wrong and the finished piece won’t work well.
Using colour theory
People often use colour theory to help them create winning colour combinations. For example, colours have typically been used to create associations with emotions.
Red is the colour of passion and anger, orange is the colour of warmth and energy, and yellow is happy and friendly. Green signifies everything from nature to envy, blue can be calm or sad, and purple is the colour of riches and royalty.
When you buy ready-made knitting kits from a specialist site such as www.woolcouturecompany, you’ll find that the colour palette is often chosen for you. But with your own projects, you can try applying certain rules for great results
Colour combinations that work
If you take a colour wheel and pick colours that sit at opposing ends of the wheel you can create a wonderfully bold effect with plenty of contrast. These are great for fashion pieces or bold home crafts.
For a more tonal finish, pick three colours that sit next to each other on the colour wheel. These will work well together, and you can create pretty gradient effects.
The question of colour tones is also relevant as a colour can be any tone from a neon bright to a soft and muted shade. Your choice of tones is just as important as the choice of colour.
A good way to work out whether certain yarns will work well for the mood you want to create is to place them together and see what creates the effect you’re looking for.
Of course, when you buy ready-made knitting kits you can bypass this step because the yarns are selected for you. This is great for beginners and those looking to save time (and money) so you can just focus on your knitting skills.