My very favorite aspect of crocheting & knitting is choosing a color palette (followed closely by the keen anticipation of waiting for yarn to arrive at my doorstep). A tasteful color scheme is crucial, as it will make or break a project. There is an endless sea of brilliant color combinations to choose from … you just have to know where to look!
First, I set up a Pinterest board to store my color palette images. Next, I start compiling images with lovely color schemes. There are quite a few sites that make this a breeze. My favorite is Design Seeds, which is updated daily with gorgeous color palettes pulled from photos.
Here’s an example of a yarn color scheme in our wool line Palette that I extracted from a Design Seeds image:
You can easily create your own color schemes, too! Just find any photo you like (Pinterest is a great place to search for images), pull a few colors from it, and then pick matching yarns. I am in love with this chair image I found on Pinterest, and was able to create two lovely and unexpected color schemes from it:
Swish color scheme:
Palette color scheme:
My favorite color inspiration sites:
Creature Comforts – lovely illustrations and photographs curated for color inspiration
Design Seeds – daily updated with a plethora of gorgeous color palettes
Pinterest - a never-ending mountain of digital inspiration. Search for: color board, color palette, color inspiration, wedding color palette, fabric pattern
TinEye Labs – Upload an image of your choice, and the site pulls a color palette for you!
ColourLovers – a creative community featuring color palettes, patterns and trends
Any fabric site! Fabric patterns are a great source for color combinations. One of my favorites is Spoonflower.
My favorite Pinterest color inspiration boards: