Category Archives: color

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New! Complete Yarn Guide 2016

You may have noticed that our catalog got little makeover a few months ago. As soon as we started planning the new look, we realized that having a complementary book of all of our current yarns would be a great idea, since they're no longer included in the catalog. So as our graphic designer, I was in charge of putting it together. With hundreds of items, it was a lot of information to wrangle into a beautiful, cohesive package. I wanted to be sure that it was easy to use and that all of the photos were color-corrected so they'd be as accurate as possible for those consulting the yarn guide for color reference. I know how important that is for any knitter or crocheter, especially for projects with multiple colors, like Fair Isle. In fact, Knit Picks staff has used the yarn guide ourselves in several collection planning meetings for that very reason.

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2016 Pantone Colors of the Year

Hear that? That's the sound of beautiful blush pinks and pale blues calling to you for your next project! The 2016 Pantone colors are simply lovely and we have all the yarn you need to satisfy your color craving. Step 1: Take a moment to browse our yarns to find your favorite Pantone pinks and blues! Billow in Tea Rose and Palette in Blush are some of my favorite pale pinks while to Aloft in Sky and Wool of the Andes Clarity are the perfect pale blues but almost every yarn line has a color (or five!) that fit right in to this palette.

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Spring and Summer Seasons Shawl – Color Ideas

To accompany our new and expanded selection of Alpaca Cloud lace yarns, we've update of our all-time favorite lace designs - the Spring and Summer Seasons Shawl! This colorful shawl is knit with 2 strands of yarn held double throughout, in different combinations, to produce graduated color changes. Spring and Summer Seasons Shawl Pattern And with over 60 colors of Alpaca Cloud to choose from, you can get as bright and bold or soft and subtle as you want. And to kick start your creativity, we've put together 6 color palettes that would be stunning for this dreamy shawl. Nothing says summer quite like the gradient of a tropical sunset - get transported to island time whenever you please with this glowing color combo.

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Well Made Home Redux!

I'm in a swoon over the new Well Made-Home: Crochet pattern collection! There are so many great projects from throws to accent pillows and even a set of small storage baskets, ideal for gift-giving or housewarming presents for everyone you know. Who doesn't need something homemade and cozy to decorate their abode? I wanted to take a moment and offer some ideas for alternate colorways for the projects I've come to love and covet.

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Save 25% on Yarn Samplers

We love color in all shapes and forms - especially when it comes to yarn! So naturally, we just couldn't help ourselves when creating all new yarn samplers. Inspired by different themes and scenes, each yarn sampler brings together a set of carefully curated colors that look beautiful and take the guess work out of color planning! The best part? Each sampler comes with full size balls of our favorite yarns and you get to save 25% off! Confetti Comfy Sport Sampler

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Color Palettes Using Apps

Picking color palettes has never been easier with the widespread use of smart phones and tablets. I'm going to feature four free applications that I use on my iphone to either pick from a photograph found online or a picture I snap as I walk around my neighborhood! Above is the sample image from a recent photo shoot that I used to test drive these different applications.

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Color Combinations for Knitting

It's easy to get into a color slump - we've definitely all been there. The good news is that it's just as easy to reinvigorate your creative senses and get inspired! One trick to creating color combinations for knitting is by beginning with a picture that makes me happy or evokes a strong feeling. By having a tangible reference or goal, it is something you can refer back to in your color selection process to help guide you (instead of being overwhelmed by indecision)! After I've decided on a picture, I choose a yarn that I want to use for the color palette. It's a fun challenge and forces me to choose unexpected combinations by paying attention to the smaller details that are sometimes overshadowed by the main elements. For example, here is a darling kitty and an equally sweet color palette in Lindy Chain. Lindy Chain (L-R): Swan, Blush, Celery, Ash, Black

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Color Theory Part 2: exploring hue, value, tint, shade and tone

When you first start to explore color theory, chances are that you'll run across a lot of new terms (and they might seem at first to all refer to the same thing - color)! However, once you dive into this fascinating topic - you'll learn the subtle differences between things like hue, value, tint, shade and tone. To start, let's go over the broadest term in this group of color theory words: hue. In painting, hue actually refers to a pure color - red, yellow, blue - without any white or black added to it. But in a broader sense, hue is just a fancy word for color! Another term you'll come across is value - this word is synonymous to what we describe a color as light or dark. You can also think about value in terms of how bright a color is. Tint, shade and tone are three other terms you might see when reading through color theory. Let's explore these qualities a bit more in depth.  

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An Introduction to Color Theory

Whether you're wanting to create a custom Fair Isle palette or are looking to experiment with dyeing one of our special reserve Bare yarns, it all starts with color. Which is why this week we'll be exploring more about color theory! Color is all around us - it has the ability to affect our mood, it can make us feel energized, it can make us sleepy, it can make us hungry. And yes, it can even affect our knitting and crocheting! Although the study of color is quite complex, getting a good foundation of the basics is all you need to expand the possibilities of your craft.  

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Our Knit Picks: Fair Isle!

We are definitely lovers of fair isle knitting around here, and whether it's the patterns from our new collection or elsewhere, we love marveling at the stranded knitting of crafters far and wide. Here's a round up of some of our favorite Ravelry fair isle projects (in a variety of yarn weights!), as well as a sneak peak behind the scenes of the photo shoot for the 2015 Knit Picks Fair Isle Collection.

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