Knitting in colour is fun but how do you pick the best colour mix of yarn to buy for your next knitting or crochet project?

When it comes to knitting in colour, choosing what shade of yarn to use can be a real challenge.

There are a number of factors to bear in mind when making your decision.

Wool basket

1. If you’re knitting a gift, think about the person receiving it

A little thought goes along way when making a present for someone special. Take note of the colours they usually wear and any you think might suit them.

If you’re going to make accessories like a hat or scarf, you could pick a colour that matches – or complements – their favourite jacket.

2. In the home, don’t be afraid to get experimental

A vivid pop of colour is all it takes to breathe life into a room, while a neutral tone will complement your existing interiors.

Ladies Scarf Knitting Pattern

3. Have fun mixing up the best colour selection

When whipping up a number of knits that are going to sit together like cushions and a blanket, be bold and mix colours.

Try a selection of different hues of the same colour like purples and lilacs, mix a blend of warmer tones such as rich oranges and autumnal shades or play with pastels like ice-blue and soft green.

4. Contrast is important for Fair Isle designs

With Fair Isle and intarsia, ensure there’s always a good contrast between the colours you choose so that the pattern is clear. When stitching a Fair Isle project like our Fair Isle Teddy Bear Knitting Pattern with three colours, blend a dark shade with a medium and pale one.

Fair Isle Teddy Knitting Pattern

5. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone

Even if you’re used to wearing colours like black, brown and cream, choose something a little more out there and you might surprise yourself. Your wardrobe might have been longing for a flash of lime green all along.

6. Use a colour wheel to pick complementary colours

A colour wheel is an invaluable tool when working with colour. Simply select colours that sit either next to each other, or opposite one another, to ensure that they are complementary.

7. Pick colour combinations that makes you happy

Finally, make sure to choose shades that’ll life your mood. You’ll likely be working on a project for a number of weeks and there’s nothing worse than being fed up of looking at it when you’re finished.