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Color Choices for No Bad Weather

The most enjoyable and often most challenging portion of colorwork is making color choices. You want the color design to show. You want the colors to play nicely together and not clash. It may come down to your two favorite colors for your second contrast color. Yes, you want that sweater to be perfect. Using the New Bad Weather sweater as an example, let’s explore some ways we can use make these choices.


When making color choice for the No Bad Weather sweater, choose your main body color first. Then look for contrasting colors. Consider a color choice that pops against your main color for contrast color 1 (CC1). Contrast color (CC2) works well as a light neutral or another color that pops against both main color and CC1. When I say “pop”, I am speaking of a color that is often opposite on the color wheel from the others. Other colors that will pop are white against very dark colors or black against light colors.

Here blue and orange are contrasting colors with the light grey as a neutral light color.

Illustration 1

In this illustration, I replaced the light grey with black.

Illustration 2

However, if you choose a contrast color that is too similar in color or intensity to your other, they will fade into one another. It will have a more gradient effect. While that is lovely in many projects, your colorwork “picture” will not show up especially at any amount of distance. The next illustration show how this. Walk away from your screen and you will see how the pattern because very indistinct.

Illustration 3

However, you might want that more tonal look. I would suggest going darker with one of your colors. In the following illustration, I replaced the light blue with a blue several shades darker. If I would have chosen even lighter blue it would have blurred with the grey.

Illustration 4

Here I reversed the two blues.

Illustration 5

My colors of my No Bad Weather are all on different places on the color wheel. Fireweed (MC) and Limeade (CC2) are opposite one another similar to the contrast of red and green. The Scenic Byway is a dark neutral. All these colors are quite similar in saturation but their colors provide contrast.

My NBW Colors 2

Here is another red/orange and green color palette with a light neutral.


PDS Worsted (from top) – Beargrass, Petroglyph, Douglas Fir

Finally, here are a few completed No Bad Weather Sweaters for inspirations. All are shown in PDS Worsted.

NBW yokes #

  1. Platinum (MC) with Inspiration (CC1) and Beargrass (CC2)
  2. Winter Raven (MC) with Beargrass (CC1) and Fireweed (CC2)
  3. Dusty Road (MC) with Grizzly (CC1) and Beargrass (CC2)
  4. Grizzly (MC) with Tupelo Honey (CC1) and Beargrass (CC2)

I hope this post helps you make color choices not only a No Bad Weather Sweater but any color work project.

I find that making collages of the colors I am considering to be a helpful tool. I often use Picmonkey for this purpose. Another way is to plug the colors into a table or spreadsheet in the color chart (see illustrations above). Of course you can go with the tried and true technique of piling your yarn choices together, stepping back and squinting. If you are making your decisions with others, ask for help. Often someone will have a good perspective.

Remember to join our No Bad Weather KAL. There are some awesome color combinations already over there. I am looking forward to even more.

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Truthfully, color is my favorite way to assist people with knitting. There is so many possibilities and possibilities are what knitting (or creating in general) all about.

Happy Knitting!

~Angela M.



September 6, 2014 at 11:16 pm 1 comment

Awesome Accessories – Cowls

I love cowls. I remember knitting my first cowl out of my very first skein of Malabrigo Worsted. After wearing it once, I was convinced they would always have a place in my wardrobe.

Recently I read about cowls being the “lazy knitter’s scarf”. I don’t know if that is true for everyone, but it is true for me. Honestly, I have knit exactly one scarf in my entire knitting career. It was my third project. Thankful my husband likes it and still wears it because he isn’t likely to get another. Cowls on the other hand, I can knit them as the day is long. They can be complex or very simple. They can showcase a beautiful skein of yarn or a great stitch pattern. Best of all, you can knit them in the round or from end to end.

Of course, you can also call your cowl an “infinity scarf” which I find ironic because I think it takes an infinite amount of time to knit a full length scarf. But if you shorten that up and sew it together, viola, infinity scarf.

Since there is still winter left here in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn is approaching in the Southern Hemisphere, here are some cowls to inspire you.  I have paired them with yarns available from PolkaDotSheep.  We also stock all the cowl patterns at PolkaDotSheep.

Good Medicine Cowl by Aimee Alexander

Good Medicine Cowl

A simple pattern of knits and purls and sport weight yarn make this cowl both functional and fashionable.  As an additional bonus, the stitch pattern is totally reversible so there is never wrong side showing. The pattern is written for two lengths.

Yarn Recommendations: PDS Sport shown in Bitterroot, Malabrigo Arroyo shown in Aquas

Nechama Cowl by Jennifer Wood

nechama yarn

This cowl is beautiful with delicate reversible cables. Wear it as shown in the picture as a lovely accessory or knit it up in a cozy plump wool and wrap it around your neck. I love this cowl, it has the versatility that I love in cowls. Jennifer, the designer, says the name Nechama means comfort in Hebrew. What more could you want in knitwear than comfort?

Yarn Recommendations:  Berroco Ultra Alpaca shown Kaffir Mix, PDS Worsted shown in Grizzly, Berroco Abode shown in Apricot

Emerald Infinity Scarf by Andrea Rangel

Emerald 1

Knit in a lattice lace pattern, this cowl would be an elegant addition to your springtime and summer wardrobe. If you want to give lace as try, this pattern would be a great first project.

Yarn Recommendations: Berroco Lago shown in Sand Castle, Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Cotton in Aloe

Rowan Cowl by Dagmar Mora


The stitch pattern in this cowl is gorgeous. All the details are formed with twisted stitches so there is only knitting and purling. You will only need 100 to 150 yards of worsted weight yarn so it is perfect as a one skein project. Twisted stitches are so much fun. If you have never played with them, the Rowan Cowl is a great project to try. When you are finished with the cowl, you can try the Creme de Noyauz Mitts or Creme de Noyaux Gloves by Dagmar with twisted stitch designs as well.

Yarn Recommendations: Berroco Comfort shown in Dusk Grey, PDS Worsted shown in Azul Maya, Berroco Vintage shown in Watermelon

Hopefully, you are feeling inspired by these cowls and infinity scarves. This is a great time in the knitter’s calendar start a new project. I always find that I have startitis (urge to start new projects without finishing other projects) in March. My reason is that I live far enough north that I can’t start gardening but want that newness of the seasonal change. How about you? Do you have seasonal knitting or crocheting urges?

Remember the Cassis Sweater KAL continues until March 15th. The Ravelry thread will continue to be at the top of the discussion board for a few weeks after the finish date. It will still exist on the board even after it is no longer at the top. We don’t delete threads and it can always be found by searching.

Happy knitting!

~Angela M.

March 4, 2014 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

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