It’s a really easy to use tool to help you pick complimentary colors for your knitting projects. Or really any projects where you use more than one color! There are lots of pictures about how to use it on the Color Grid website, but essentially, and more specific to knitting, you find your main color on the grid and place the black finder’s largest circle over that color – it’s the circle in the center of the block of cut out circles. Then each color in the smaller circles are complimentary colors, and each color that falls in the slit on the other side of the black finder are your complimentary pop colors.
As soon as I got the Color Grid I knew what project it was going to help me with – these fantastic stockings! Gift Wrap by Judy Tollefson use 8 or 9 colors! Luckily I had a guinea pig.
My friend Laura was commissioned to knit up these stockings, so she found the pattern and quickly punched out three of them. Aren’t they amazing?! She only used 6 colors, so that is what I’m going for.
I want to knit two stockings, one each for Shane and I. I didn’t want super traditional colors, and I also wanted them to be complimentary in that they are different but also look great together because they use a few of the same colors. So I looked at the Color Grid and picked out my first MC – a deep dark cranberry red.
Another caveat? I don’t like purple! So that eliminated a lot of my MC’s complimentary colors. But was I was left with I really love – bright coral pink and a very pretty range of greens.
I went to JoAnn and went to town! I had my Color Grid, I was spreading yarn out all over the floor! I made myself at home. And here is what I came up with! That neon coral as my closes complimentary color, a very light green and dark green-y blue as my pop colors, and cream and grey as my neutrals.
In order to make sure my stockings look good together I picked a MC from the CCs of my first stocking – that light green. I found it on my Color Grid and, avoiding again the purple trap, picked colors from what the Color Grid told me.
Those colors included the dark green-y blue from my first stocking, a neon yellow complimentary color, then instead of the purple pop color the Color Grid was set on, I stretched it a tiny bit to use the MC from my first stocking as my pop color, and again the cream and grey.
So here are the yarns I snagged with the help of my Color Grid! They are all Caron Simply Soft: MCs are Autumn Red and Pistachio, that blue/turquoise is Pagoda, the neons are Neon Coral and Super Duper Yellow, and the neutrals are Off White and Grey Heather.
Color Grid Giveaway!
Now that I’ve sold you on the Color Grid, you want one, right?! Well it’s your lucky day because I’ve got TWO to give away. Comment on this post and tell us what multi-color project you’ll be using a Color Grid to help you pick out colors. I’ll pick my two favorite projects a week from today, Monday October 27th. Good luck!Pin It