A quick, easy & helpful trick for choosing colours in colourwork knitting!

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We’re in the middle of choosing yarns for our #IceFlowersKAL, so I wanted to share a little trick for choosing colours in colourwork knitting that I’ve learned a while ago!

With colourwork knitting, you'll want to make sure that there's enough contrast between the colours you are using so that the motifs will show well. Unless of course, a low contrast is what you’re looking for, which can look equally lovely. Here are, for instance, a low-contrast version and a high-contrast version of Caitlyn Hunter’s Guthrie, both of which are absolutely gorgeous. And as for our Ice Flowers pullover: while the original sample uses two colours with quite some contrast, the version our tester Elise made using two colours with less contrast works beautifully with the design, too. See for yourself:

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A very quick and easy way to get an idea of the contrast between two colours you consider using is a black & white photo. Especially if you’re a first time colourwork knitter, or if you’re working with new-to-you colours, you might find it helpful to cancel out as much noise as possible for a first idea of potential combinations. This works very well, too, if you’re sold on specific colour families (say, for instance, you’re determined to use pink and blue) but still need to find the right colour value, the colour’s lightness or darkness.

Below you can see the yarn I’m planning to use for my own version of Ice Flowers (I went with a high-contrast version!) in colour compared to black & white, and the two Ice Flowers projects in black & white, too:

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If you’re about to choose yarns for a new colourwork knitting project, I hope this little trick proves to be helpful for you, too, and if you have any other tips on choosing colour combinations, you’re warmly invited to share them in the comments!