June 7/2014-- A CONVERSATION ABOUT COLOR WITH DESIGHER1234 Introducing color into your knitted and crochet projects including lace
Good Morning! We are trying something a little different on the workshops this week. We are going to have a discussion about incorporating color in your knitted and crochet work
Many of the people who are joining us members of the lace party group on KP and I am here to give them some ideas how to go out of the box a bit and try to use colors in their lace in ways that they hadnt thought of.
The discussion and suggestions can also be used in regular knit and crochet projects such as Scarves, shawls, afghans, sweaters, and certainly heavier weight lace patterns.
Combining colors has been a huge part of my life for 60 years. I am pretty well self taught and therefore I learned by trial and error. No one ever told me that is against the rules, you cant do that so I just went ahead and did different things and actually most worked, although certainly some didnt; however I got to the point where I didnt have too many failures, and I rarely if ever followed a pattern.
I use to call my classes ONE OF A KIND as my hope is that people, even though they still might follow a pattern- have the courage to use it as a basic start but add to the pattern by using different stitches and different colors in many different ways, making each of your projects a one of a kind.
I have a basic top down cardigan pattern that I followed the first time I did a top down.
I have made the basic pattern many times but you would never know that it was the same basic pattern.
I have never made sweater that followed exactly a pattern although I used the basic shape, and just varied the stitches, and the individual parts as well as the stitches and color. - I never know what I will end up as I never plan ahead on my projects, whether they be watercolor, crochet shawls, stained glass, knitting projects, fabric wall hangings or just about anything else.
I am not suggesting that everyone throw away their patterns and jump off the deep end of the knitting spectrum.
I am suggesting to give thought to making the projects one of a kind by using color combinations and stitch combinations.
I recently made a stashbuster cardigan see below which intrigued quite a few people when I showed a picture.
My discussion today is to try to convince you all that color is not something you should allow yourself to fear. Some are afraid to step away from using color because they are afraid they will spoil a project. I am not going to ask you to do that here, but to seriously consider using color to give your knitting and crochet, and especially lace, a personality and to create a project that is original.
Lace is usually knit or crochet with fine yarn , and specific stitch patterns scarves and shawls and cardigans are commonly projects that take well to lace making. Most lacework is done in one color.
Once in awhile you see a variegated lace project and once in awhile you see the whole project done in a different color.
Even though our main thought is about lace and color the same information can be used on all other knitting projects too- and we will get into that as we go along as well.I hope to give you some ideas. There are three ways of adding color
[i] one is through dyeing but not everyone is experienced nor do they have a place where dyeing is possible. There are lots of videos and information on line about using different dyesI have found that the dyes used to dye fabric usually work for light or white yarn.
[ii]using variegated or striped yarn. We will talk about putting together different yarns to make colorful lace scarves or shawls sock wool can be used for making beautiful shawls.
[iii](my favorite) picking yarn of different colors and working them into a pattern on the project using either rows of different colors and using different stitches I use the Russian Join
for joining yarn in most cases, although I have just started using this join it means you dont have ends to work in when you are finished and it works for both crochet and knitting. It makes a slightly heavier yarn for an inch or two but in most cases does not affect the look of the project .
I hate weaving In colors but have spent hours doing so. This join really works quite well. If you want to join any colors in other projects as well, this join is very good- It doesnt thicken the yarn too much and it saves you having to weave in the ends. It is tidy and although it takes a few minutes it is well worth it
to join the colors, and I use large intarsia sections as one of the main ways to use different colors In sweaters and afghans and just about anything I feel I would like to do at the time. Scarves are wonderful when done in intarsia colors.Lacework is so fine and so beautiful, that colorworks would be something very new, and very different and very worthwhile in my opinion.
Imagine looking at a beautiful blue sky with clouds, and the beginnings of a sunsetDeep blue, light blue, off white(pale grey) and a soft very quiet pink, or lilac (mauve)color, or even a soft yellow gold added to that combination on a lace shawl -- There would never be another like it if you decide on the colors yourself
I am posting some pictures of my different ways of using a variety of color in my work (hand dyed wall hangings with applicue and thread painting, crochet afghans, stashbuster cardigan and work in progress on a summer cardigan.NOTEEven though I have mentioned lace as the reason for this conversation as I was asked to talk about lace. I do not knit lace, but I use the lessons in this conversation over and over in my work. The world is full of wonderful color combinations. I see color everywhere. Nature does not avoid mixing colors that people say are 'wrong'. NO COLORS ARE WRONG. It is how you use them and what you accomplish using them