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.


  • Hello
    I am thinking of joining the KAL and knitting fabiola, but could do with a little advice from anyone regarding potential colours. I was thinking for the main colour I’d really like to use Homemade Jam and for one of the contrasts I’d like Blanket fort but am not sure what the third colour should/could be. If its any help I have light/cool rosy skin and white hair. Any suggestions gratefully received/considered. Sadly all the gorgeous warm colours look great on other people but I can’t do them justice – they look terrible on me

    juliet on

  • Hi Christina,

    I am planning to knit the Pascal cardigan for my husband. The colors we like are granite as the main color with hematite and lazulite for the pattern work. Without seeing the colors in person it is difficult to decide whether they will work well together. Any suggestions you have would be appreciated.



    Carolyn Koch on

  • Hi Catherine,

    I compared the colors next to each other and I think Citrine will be the best choice if you’re looking for a gold color in the Quarry palette. Sulphur is closer to a grassy green color.

    Obsidian, Gypsum and Citrine are really beautiful together. If you want a more subtle contrast color, you could substitute Sandstone for Gypsum, as well.

    Let me know if you have any additional questions!

    All the best,

    Christina Rondepierre on

  • Hi Glenna,

    I’m excited to hear you’re going to knit both Fabiola and Pascal! I hope you’ll join us for the KAL.

    For Fabiola, I like the idea of those colors together, but the color value of Blanket Fort and Birdbook are really close, so the design might not “pop” enough. You might knit with Old World, Birdbook and Woodsmoke. Or You could use Postcard instead of Woodsmoke if you want to knit with a different purple. These Ravelry projects may help to visualize how the colors will look together:



    For Pascal, I recommend Sandstone (main color) and Lapis and Geode for the contrast colors. Hematite and Serpentine are really dark and don’t match quite as well with the other colors. You could knit a quick swatch in the round to test out the color combinations first, though. Sometimes unexpected colorways go together quite nicely!

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

    All the best,

    Christina Rondepierre on

  • Hi Christina,
    I would like to knit the Pascal. I like Moonstone as the Main Color and Lazulite as color 3(the “trees”), but I am unsure about what to do for Color 2. Would Slate bias everything too blue? Would granite work? Do you have any other color suggestions? I don’t have a LYS near me, so it is hard to tell how the tweedy flecks within the yarn can affect the actual color just looking at it online, nice to have a second opinion.

    Thanks a bunch,

    Emily on

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