Choosing colors for Colorwork

A very common question I get is, “how do I pick colors for my
colorwork project?” The short answer is that that’s a really personal
decision. You know what colors you like or that you like to wear, and
there’s no set aesthetic regarding what colors ‘should’ go together.
(believe me, since art school, my personal color palette includes all of

Generally, a safe bet for a 2-color sweater is to go with a light and
dark version of the same color. So, that means a dark red and light
red, dark blue and light blue, and so on. These colors can be
interchangeable, so it can be a light or dark background. This is great
if you have a favorite color in mind, or want to be completely sure that
the colors will look good together. If you want to use two colors that
you know go well together, be sure to use a light version of one and a
dark version of the other.

That said, choosing a basic palette for a garment starts with a few basic steps.


Designing a modern Bohus

Bohus sweaters are known for their subtle gradients of color and the
fuzzy halo that gives them an almost ethereal glow. The tradition of
Bohus sweater knitting is a recent and colorful one, inspired by many
other European knitting styles and the fashions of the mid 20th century.

The most recognizeable Bohus item is the yoked sweater. Though the
typical elements of a Bohus-style sweater can be applied to lots of
items like gloves and hats, a colorful stranded yoke really shows off
the techniques used. Careful planning of increases, multiple colors in
each row, knit and purl stitches and slipped stitches create a texture
unique to Bohus knitting. This texture can make even the simplest motif,
like stripes or dots, look exotic and unexpected. When I began thinking
about Tuva,
I wanted color to become the real focus, and let the stitches help to
show them off. I didn’t want this to be subtle – and immediately jumped
for a vivid rainbow.

With so many elements to balance, designing a Bohus-style yoked sweater presents some interesting challenges.


Back to school, and back to fall knitting!

Well, as if the shortening days weren’t enough to tell us that summer
is nearing its end, school is beginning again! Before you know it,
there will be a chill in the morning air. Better get started on your
super warm fall accessories now!

If you really want to chase the chill away, why not try the Burdock Hat and Scarf kit?

This is a super-soft, machine washable, totally reversible set. The
pattern is inspired by the Burdock plant, a Scandinavian thistle, and
Fana stripes.


The first hints of fall

Even though it’s still August, the first whispers of fall are in the
air. It was downright chilly this morning, and the sun isn’t really much
help when I get up for work. Colder weather is on its way – perfect
time to start planning your fall knitting projects!

Just right for fall is the new Viticetum Coat.
This duster-length coat has a pattern of swirling vines over a shifting
background. In fact, just as an Arboretum is a collection of trees, a
Viticetum is a collection of vines – just what you’ll find in this coat!

Smaller vine patterns appear in the edgings, and the coat is finished with elegant clasps.


It takes two

Up here in the Northwest, we seem to be straddling two seasons. It
makes for rather interesting weather, and a difficult time finding
something to wear!

It’s for those occasions – the not quite spring but not yet summer,
warm sun but cool breeze, the-AC-is-on-a-little-too-high type of days
that inspired the new Gemini Vest.

This tunic-length vest is knit in Stroll and Stroll Glimmer,
making it soft, shimmery and machine washable. The lower bodice and
back are knit in a subtle stranded pattern of diamonds that is echoed in
the lace upper bodice.


Podcast Episode 187: Interview with Kathleen Taylor

Listen in on this week’s podcast to hear Kelley catch up with designer Kathleen Taylor to talk about all things fair isle! As author of the book Fearless Fair Isle Knitting, Kathleen Taylor chats with Kelley in depth about the different techniques for successful fair isle knitting in addition to common mistakes and issues that newcomers to fair isle might encounter. Kathleen truly has a fearless approach to fair isle knitting and has honed in her techniques specifically for knitters new to fair isle through years of teaching. Also, hear Kelley share memories of her first fair isle project in addition to chatting about favorite techniques for fair isle. Kathleen’s love and enthusiasm for colorwork is infectious and Fearless Fair Isle Knitting is sure to have you craving colorful knits for your next project.

One of the projects from Fearless Fair Isle Knitting that Kelley & Kathleen chatted about was the Dragon Ride Shawl. Kathleen was kind enough to share pictures of herself wearing this amazing shawl.


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