You may have noticed many of our favorite crochet designers have a style of their own, most likely you do to! Most of us are attracted to certain color combinations and styles of crochet. For instance, Lucy at Attic 24 loves bright colors, stripes and granny squares. Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me designs the most fabulous children’s hats and always has the perfect color to make the project pop.
Tamara over at Moogly has a flair for making her patterns come to life with a movement of color and a wonderful gradient effect which always catches my eye!
Keep your eye on your favorite crochet designers and yarn companies… They work hard to use the latest yarn color combinations and trends for each season!
Yarn companies come out with new colors each season and you can head to their websites for the most current color charts, patterns and yarn previews.
When you are shopping at your favorite yarn store, you may notice sample swatches from different yarn companies. These swatches are a great way to see how each yarn works up and how the colors blend together. They also provide free pattern flyers that are great to collect for future reference!
There are many tools professional artist use when creating works of art! One of the most popular tools is the color wheel. Below is a basic primary color wheel. For more detailed color wheels head over to Google Images and find an array of choices.
Primary color wheel
For a gradient effect use 3 or more colors next to each other on the color wheel.
To make a project with complimentary colors, choose colors directly across from each other. For a fun multi-colored project, use every other color on the color wheel… Just add basic colors such as Black, White, Brown or Gray to add some contrast!
There are many ways to use the color wheel to get great results and these few ideas are just the start! For more information on how to use a color wheel, type “How to use a color wheel” into your search engine and let the fun begin!!! For even more fun check out Adobe Kuler or Color Scheme Designer, these are color wheel generators. They let you try all the different combinations right on your computer…
Another popular technique for color combinations is really an old fashion way of finding colors we love… Paint Chips! Go to your local paint store and look at the different types of paint chips… Many of them are gradient, but some of the chips have contrasting color choices and can give your some new ideas!
This leads me to a final tip. A great site called Design Seeds! Each day they post really fabulous color ideas that look like paint chips by using beautiful photos for the inspiration.
Check it out… It’s a really fun way to see new color combinations!
I hope this fills you with inspiration and ideas for your projects… There are so many fabulous yarns with brilliant color choices! If you are like me, I am addicted to yarn and crochet! It colors my world!!