Help Selecting Colors

When I first started to crochet, I would follow a pattern exactly as it was written and this included getting the very same color that the project was made with. So this really limited me making things in colors that I really didn’t like. Of course when I finally got a few projects under my belt I realized that you can pick any color you wanted, which worked fine for a one color project but believe it or not I would actually panic if I had to choose 2 (yes this small number) colors to go together. Oh all sorts of things would run thru my mind and the main one was “what if it turns out ugly”. When I started to crochet for others, this really helped to expand my color knowledge. If someone would ask for an afghan in yellow and purple, I would do it and it looked great. I have seen color wheels and I have read about how you are suppose to pick a cool color or a warm color , I will be real honest about this, it does not work for me. I have tried it and I have ended up with some real ugly projects. So how does one pick matching colors…..are you ready, here is my secret: Look outside!!!! Believe it or not, nobody coordinates colors better than Mother Nature. I read this in a quilt book and it does work. Especially right now, if you are lucky enough to have Fall in your area, now is the time to start looking. Take a walk in your own neighborhood; check out the color in the trees and various plants. If you can’t do that, then look at books/magazines with photography of nature or my personal favorites are books/magazines for flower gardens. Look at all the various shades of yellows, greens, oranges, purple etc. Take a notebook with you and write down the combinations that really catch your eye. Be sure to look at it from all different angles, you will be surprised at how looking directly at something, then walking to the side of it and looking again will show you various color combinations. Of course you can also do a little searching on the internet for various pictures of gardens. One of my biggest inspirations is pictures of wildflowers, so many bright beautiful colors all in one spot. I know you may not find the exact yarn colors, unless you dye them yourself, but this will certainly help you to choose what colors look good together.

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