We wrote plenty of resources last year leading up to our Winter of Colorwork KAL, so we'll use this time before and during the KAL as opportunities to share our tips and techniques for working each part of your colorwork project — choosing colors, swatching for stranded colorwork, and sweater construction (if you're working on a sweater), to name just a few. Members of the Brooklyn Tweed Team are also knitting along with Gudrun Johnston's Pascal Cardigan in Quarry (to be released next week with our Winter 19 collection), so our posts each week will be focused on working the parts of this project in particular. However, many of our tips, tricks, and suggested resources can still apply to whatever project you may be knitting — so feel free to participate with any pattern of your choice. (Tip: If you choose a project that involves steeking, such as the Pascal Cardigan, you can participate in Fringe Association's Steekalong, as well!) This week, we're covering choosing colors for stranded colorwork knitting, the best part after choosing your pattern. It's a wonderful opportunity to play — you can produce such a wide range of visual results from a single colorwork chart, depending on how you interact with your colors and especially when you have an eye toward the concepts of hue and value. We wrote a crash course on a few fundamental rules about color theory for stranded colorwork and how you can use this knowledge as a springboard in crafting your color palettes — click below to (re)read! We knit our Pascal samples in the following colorways, and as you can see, you can produce such a wide range of color stories — whether bold or muted, dark or light.

And if you're in need of more inspiration — Christina of the BT Team is knitting her Pascal in Slate (MC), Sandstone (C1), and Lazulite (C2). We used her swatches for our Steeking article — the motifs look quite a bit like a flock of sheep in this color combination! Jamie, on the other hand, is knitting her Pascal in Sandstone (MC), Flint (C1), and Garnet (C2). The bright and rich red of Garnet pops beautifully against Sandstone and Flint's neutral brown tones. So, now that you're armed with some color theory and (hopefully) plenty of inspiration — go forth and plan! If you're knitting Pascal, don't forget to download our Pascal Coloring Sheet to get your creative juices flowing. This is a great tool to test color placement before starting a swatch. As a supplement or alternative, you can also use the Compare Colors feature on all our yarn pages. [button link="https://www.brooklyntweed.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/pascal_coloring_sheet.pdf"]Download a Pascal Coloring Sheet [/button] Christina is particularly keen on helping people choose colors for their knitting, so if you have any questions or would like a recommendation for any colorwork project, leave a comment below with the pattern name and color family you prefer, and she'll be happy to help. (Tip: It'll make her day!) All right friends, it's time to hone your colorwork knitting skills! Next week we'll be talking about selecting a sweater size and swatching for colorwork, but until then you can read more about the Winter of Colorwork KAL and join the conversation in our Ravelry pre-chatter thread.

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  • Today I received the yarn for the Pascal sweater from my favorite online stockist, in a colorway shown in the pattern: Lazulite, Flint and Granite. The Flint color that I received is a dead brown. It is darker and does not have the “life” of lighter toned color variation that is apparent on the Brooklyn Tweed website, showing a ball of the color. Even allowing for monitor color variation, this is a disappointment.

    How much variation is there in dyelots? I need that bit of warmer (tan) & lighter (medium) color to contrast with the Lazulite, and the Granite. I am experienced with colorwork and usually make independent color selections. This time, I trusted Brooklyn Tweed’s example.

    I am making the sweater for a guy who does not want bright colors, but this is dull.

    Suggestions?

    Elizabeth Keller on

  • Hi Christina!

    I would like to knit the Galloway but am a little stuck on the color work choices. :)

    For one idea, I was thinking of using Pumice or Iceberg as the main color. But I’d like to have more of bright palette for the color work part. Something like Tartan or Thistle? But I’m not sure what would work well there?

    The other idea was to use maybe Embers for the main color, then Almanac for the color work, and maybe a leafy green + light neutral for the other two color work colors? But I’m not sure which green / neutral would work well?

    Thank you!

    Becki on

  • Hi Emily,

    Slate is grey but it does have blue undertones so it will lend itself well to Moonstone and Lazulite. I don’t think it will make the sweater overall look too “blue”. Granite will also work well. It is a true grey that is a slightly flatter color than Slate, in that the heathers are neutral as well. You could also use Lapis to brighten up the palette.

    I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any additional questions.

    All the best,
    Christina

    Christina Rondepierre on

  • Hi Carolyn,

    Hematite and Lazulite are both deep, dark colors so they may not make the motif “pop” next to each other. Lazulite, Flint and Granite were used in one of the samples that we photographed, to give you an idea of what those two colors look like together. I suggest swapping one of the dark colors for a lighter color, such as Sandstone, Moonstone or Flint, that will work well with Granite as a background.

    Let me know if you have any additional questions. We’d also be happy to send you some photos if that’s helpful!

    All the best,
    Christina

    Christina Rondepierre on

  • Hi Juliet,

    We hope you do join the KAL! Postcard would be a great complimentary color to Homemade Jam and Blanket Fort. It’s a light purplish-pink cool color. If you want more contrast Fossil would also work well as a neutral.

    Let us know if you have any additional questions!

    All the best,
    Christina

    Christina Rondepierre on

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