Picking colors for your project

You can knit stripes in two colors, three colors, or as many colors as you like. Use color at random, or plan for a particular mood in your color combination. Stripes in clean, bright colors with a balance of light and dark are pert and lively; stripes in a few close shades of a single color or colors close to each other on the color wheel (such as blue, purple, magenta, and red) are subtle and sophisticated.

You can look for a striped project pattern and follow the sequence, colors, and spacing given in the design; or you can use the stripe pattern as a template and plug in your own colors and yarns. If you're in a spontaneous mood, gather your yarns together and start knitting, changing yarns as you feel like it. If you're in the mood to plot and plan, get out your graph paper, sharpen your colored pencils, and hop to Chapter 21 for advice on how to use and combine colors.

Patterns with multiple colors use a standard set of abbreviations: MC: Main color (for patterns that use two colors)

CC: Contrasting color (for patterns that use two colors) A, B, C, and so on: For patterns that use more than two colors

If, before diving in, you want to get an idea of what a stripe pattern may look like knitted in a specific group of yarns, try wrapping samples of the yarns in the proposed pattern around a stiff piece of cardboard or a cardboard toilet paper roll for a sneak preview.

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