Choosing Colors That Work Well Together

Sometimes it's hard to choose colors that go well together. You may find yourself drawn to the same color combinations over and over again and decide you need a nudge in a new direction; or perhaps the color combination you would choose is not available in a particular yarn. You can use a color wheel like this one to help you in your choice. To use it, you simply choose a starting color. Then you aim one of the arrows or points of the triangles or rectangles to the starting color and see what colors the color selector recommends. A color wheel might help you find a color combination you never would have thought of on your own.

CHOOSING AN ANALOGOUS COLOR SCHEME

Another easy color option is an analogous color scheme—that is, a scheme made up of three to five adjacent colors on the wheel. The result of this type of combination is generally harmonious and peaceful, as in the swatch shown here. Say, for example, you have one color of yarn you know you want to use, and you would like to choose some colors to go with it. You can match your yarn to its corresponding color on the wheel and then choose yarns that match the adjacent colors on either side.

CHOOSING A COMPLEMENTARY COLOR SCHEME

A complementary color scheme is made up of two colors that are opposites on the color wheel. This high-contrast combination is bold and appealing; however, sometimes bright opposites placed together vibrate so much that they're hard to look at. The swatch here is knit in the complements violet and yellow; blue and orange are also complements, as are red and green.

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