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.


  • Christina,

    I’ve purchased both Fabiola and Pascal and now thinking through colors in stash and what I might need to pick up as CC colors.

    For Fabiola, I have enough Loft in Birdbook for MC, and then woodsmoke and blanketfort as options for CC…what do you think?

    For Pascal, I have enough Serpentine and Sandstone for MC, then one skein options of Lapis, Hematite, and Geode…could we make a combo with any of those?



    Glenna Eastwood on

  • Hi Carol,

    I think Geode and Moonstone will have less contrast, but I think you’re right that it will have a nice subtle look. Geode will show up against Moonstone in the background. There is a Pascal project on Ravelry using Moonstone as the Main Color, and Geode and Lazulite for the contrast colors. You can see it here, for an idea of how they will look together: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamamadeitfromyrn/pascal-2.

    Lazulite and Moonstone would also look great with Slate as a main color.

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

    All the best,

    Christina Rondepierre on

  • Christina,

    Thanks for the recommendation for Geode! I saw the lazulite and moonstone in person today and I can see why it’s such a good fit. I’m wondering if the lazulite and moonstone will look similar to the “flock of sheep” in the image above? If so, do you have another color suggestion?

    Thank you!

    Kathleen on

  • Hi Christina,

    I was in my lys today and looked at the colors available to knit Pascal. I have eight skeins of Slate and just need to pick the contrast colors. I liked Moonstone and Lazulite for a more contrasty look, but then I saw Geode and I really loved it. Would Geode and Moonstone be too low contrast to work for this pattern? I was thinking it would yield a more watercolor-y look, which would be more subtle, but would it be TOO subtle? What do you think


    Carol Perecman on

  • Hi Christina,

    I’m making the knitalong sweater for my sister whose school colors are black and gold. I was considering Obsidian (MC), Gypsum (C1), and Citrine (C2), but I’m not sure if Sulfur would be a better match since I want the yellow to pop but not clash. Does this sound like a good set or do you have other recommendations?



    Catherine G on

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