Color wheel

This post is for Day 1 of


Assignment: Colour Lovers
Colour is one of our greatest expressions of ourselves when we choose to knit or crochet, so how do you choose what colours you buy and crochet or knit with. Have a look through your stash and see if there is a predominance of one colour. Do the same with your finished projects – do they match? Do you love a rainbow of bright hues, or more subdued tones. How much attention do you pay to the original colour that a garment is knit in when you see a pattern? Tell readers about your love or confusion over colour.

For those of us who are Colorado Rockies fans, 2012 has been designated the Year of the Fan and today is Purple Monday.  I’m all set for the occasion with my purple Rockies jersey:

If the weather turns cold again (after all, it is springtime in the Rockies and anything is possible) this recently-completed hat and scarf set, in baseball team colors,  is ready for wear:

Better Late Than Never Beanie and Chunky Stripe Scarf

Because I’m a Rockies fan, purple has become one of my favorite colors, but basically I’ve always been a “natural” person, much of the time gravitating toward the non-colors beige, off-white and cream.  Our home for the past twenty years still retains its original “white walls, beige carpet” decor which I find comforting and peaceful.  With sunlight streaming in and a view of the natural Colorado landscape outside our windows, it’s the perfect backdrop to more colorful spaces around the house, such as this “yarn corner” in a spare bedroom:

As a child I loved the color yellow.  When I grew older I chose to wear a lot of cream-colored clothing.  Eventually I developed a fondness for the blue-green range (probably to match my eyes, which seem to change from blue to green depending on the shade worn.)  However, when knitting and crocheting or planning new projects, I work with a rainbow of colors, as evidenced by these charitable cause projects donated recently to the Ravelry group “For the Children of Pine Ridge”:

Currently I’m in a scrap-happy phase, creating hats, scarves, shawls and baby things in yarns from stash, recycling and repurposing the accumulation of years that is tucked in cubbies, drawers, shelves and closets upstairs (the latest “discovery” is described in my previous post.)  One of my favorite color-riot projects is this shawl, made with leftover sock yarn scraps:

Easy-Crochet Shawl

For me, colors of choice might be yellow, or cream, or beige, or aqua, or green, or … pink!  Yes, pink.  I like pink, and it’s a good thing since there is always a request for baby gifts.  As a result, I have made a “ton” of these Lacy Baby Hats:

Lacy Baby Hat with Scalloped Lace Baby Socks

When I first began submitting design ideas to publications, I discovered an odd thing:  pink gets attention!  My very first submission, which ended up being reworked in a fabulous green bulky alpaca for the cover of Knit Simple, Fall 2007, started out as a design submission in hot pink. Here is the hat that started it all …

… and its final form as a cover hat (#13 Tasseled Earflap Hat)

Photo by Paul Amato, copyright Knit Simple/SoHo Publishing

(For many other “think pink” projects from Designs by KN, feel free to take a visual stroll through my Ravelry designer page.)

But I still prefer beige.

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  1. Pirate said,

    April 23, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

    That sock yarn shawl is spectacular! Who would have thought all those colours would go so well together!

  2. Designs by KN said,

    April 23, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    Thanks – sometimes randomness works out well!

  3. Sharon (witchyknits) said,

    April 23, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    I love purple too – I wish it was one of our teams colors!! Beautiful projects too!

  4. Emma said,

    April 24, 2012 @ 12:32 am

    Wow, I love everything! :) Bright colors are some of my favorites but I find white very peaceful too. I might have to try knitting up a few pink submissions now :)

  5. Designs by KN said,

    April 24, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    Thank you!

  6. Designs by KN said,

    April 24, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    Thanks – Yes, give it a try! :)

  7. Bailey said,

    April 24, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

    DH is my color consultant. I hate matching colors, but he seems to have a knack for it.

  8. Alexandra said,

    April 24, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

    I love your yarn corner! :D

  9. Kepanie said,

    April 27, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

    I always find it wonderful to have a bookcase of yarn. Yours is very nice. Ho’omaka’i on your successful submissions! I esp love your tasseled hat.

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