19 responses

  1. Jamie
    May 5, 2014

    Well, it may not be a sure-fire way to choose my colors, but sometimes I use Adobe’s Kuler (https://kuler.adobe.com/create/color-wheel/) to help me with my color choices. By the time I get to the store, I may not find the exact color that I want, but I may find something close to it and this helps me.

    • Gertrud
      June 23, 2014

      This is an awesome tool! Thanks for sharing the link. I just book marked it in my browser for future reference.

  2. Virginia Bronner
    May 6, 2014

    I go into my local paint store and pick up the cards that have the colors of paint on them. Some have just one color on them and others have different shades of the same color. I use it as my color wheel.

    • Vanessa
      May 6, 2014

      Excellent idea!! I am running out to the paint store right now, as I have a BIG project that needs to be started and have not even put hook to yarn due to the color issue!!! Thank you!!

    • Ellen Kapusniak
      May 7, 2014

      What a great idea about the paint cards! Thanks for passing on the tip.

    • Patricia N.
      June 22, 2015

      Good idea.

  3. Harlene Gogan
    May 6, 2014

    When I swatch for gauge, I also swatch for color. This will give you a better idea of how color will affect your finished piece. Sometimes multiple color swatches give you the chance to go from nice to extraordinary.

  4. Sydney
    May 6, 2014

    I look to Pinterest. I especially love the color swatch samples from Design-Seeds.com. I came up with some great, unexpected color combos that way. I also find that using scraps to make granny squares can give me inspiration… I’ll try colors together that I wouldn’t normally put together. Then if I like it, I can go get more yarn and try it as stripes, ripples, whatever!

    • Ginger
      June 23, 2014

      I started a secret board on Pinterest with pictures of color schemes I never would have thought to use. I just look through the board for inspiration. Ravelry also shows a project with many different color schemes from other crafters. That sometimes helps me narrow down my selections.

  5. Amy
    May 7, 2014

    There is a wonderful website design-seed(s).com. They put colour palettes together, I use it a lot for colour scheme ideas. Beware, it’s highly addictive!

    • Kelly B
      June 13, 2014

      !sigh! I know you warned us but that website is fantastic!….and highly addictive 🙂

  6. Deana
    May 17, 2014

    I often look at yarn websites. They have all the colors, not just the ones carried at my local shops. It helps me see what is new and exciting in the yarn styles I use over and over again. I don’t mind taking out yarn, especially since I normally crochet “on the fly.” When I find a stitch and some great colors, then I play and play and play until I’m happy.

  7. Catherine A. McClarey
    June 13, 2014

    I’ve used the “Multicolor Yarn Coordinates” chart at the Red Heart Yarns website for multistranded projects on big hooks (f.ex. pet rugs & “giant granny square” afghans). Even if I’m not using one of the multicolored yarns at the moment, it’s quite likely that one of the solid-color yarns I have will be on that list as a coordinating color for 1 or more multicolor yarns. I then can choose a 2nd or 3rd strand of yarn in a color which coordinates with the same multicolored yarn as what my 1st strand does.

  8. Barbara
    June 23, 2014

    I occasionally look for variegated yarns. Most of the color matching is already done on a varigated yarn. Then I select the colors from there. Even if I don’t purchase the variegated yarn, I know my yarn colors will blend well. White works very well between two different colors (say green and purple) that may be of the same intensity but differing hues.

  9. lynn
    June 22, 2015

    Thanks jamie awesome tool

  10. Jo
    June 20, 2016

    What I do is take the ends together and twist and then I can see how several colors look together

  11. Jo
    June 20, 2016

    I take the ends of the yarn I want to use and twist them, this gives a realistic view of the color combos.

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