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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

NEW Pattern: No Bad Weather Sweater


Recently we launched Aimee Alexander’s latest pattern. No Bad Weather is a yoked colorwork sweater. Knit in an aran (heavy worsted) yarn and seamlessly in the round, it is a quicker knit and perfect for late fall and winter.

To celebrate this sweater, we will be kicking off our fall KAL on Sunday, September 14th.  This KAL will be hosted in the Polka Dot Sheep Publications group on Ravelry. Along with the support there, we will have a tutorial, progress reports and show and tell here.  For those of you who are local to the Shoppe. There is a three session class that is filling fast, sign up for class at the bottom of this post.

No Bad Weather features subtle feminine shaping. The waist is slightly contured. The back is lowered a bit by the use of short rows. The yoke and shoulders are also shaped by short rows for a better fit on your upper body. It is easily worn with a light under layer.


No Bad Weather Sweater Details

Pattern available on Ravelry (no need to be a member to purchase pattern)

Sizing (Finished Chest Circumference) 0-3” (0-7.5cm) of positive ease recommended
33 (35.5, 38, 41, 44, 46, 49) inches
84 (90, 96.5, 104, 113, 117, 124.5) cm

Yarn: Aran/Heavy Worsted Weight
Designed for and shown in PDS Worsted by Polka Dot Sheep
Main Color: 750(800, 850, 925, 1000, 1050, 1100) yards / 685 (730, 780, 850, 915, 960, 1010) m
Contrast Color 1: 20 yards / 18 m
Contrast Color 2: 50 yards / 46 m (shown in white)

Gauge (after wash and block): 18 stitches and 28 rows to 4”/10cm in Stockinette stitch using larger needles

US 8 / 5.0 mm
24” / 60 cm circular for body and yoke
Double pointed needles for sleeves (or your preferred choice for small circumference knitting)

US 6 / 4.0 mm
24” / 60 cm circular for body and yoke
16” / 40 cm circular for collar
Double pointed needles for sleeves (or your preferred choice for small circumference knitting)

It is very important that you knit an adequately sized gauge swatch; then wash and block it as you normal would. Row gauge is important to this design as stitch gauge. If your row gauge is off, your yoke will not fit properly. So check both measurements well.

PDS Worsted is the ideal yarn choice for No Bad Weather. It shows hand dyed or kettle dyed yarns well. Other recommended yarns are Malabrigo Rios (similar look to PDS Worsted) or Malabrigo Worsted.  As stated above, row gauge is important so as you choose your yarn be mindful. Many yarns may knit at a gauge of 18 sts to 4” yet have a greater row gauge. At least that is my personal experience. Look for a slightly heavier worsted or one classified as aran weight.

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KAL Details

Start Date: Sunday, September 14

End Date: Sunday, November 16

Ravelry KAL thread and details

class sign up button

So join us and knit your own No Bad Weather Sweater!

Do anyone know what inspired the No Bad Weather name? First, it is the name of a climbing route in Utah (as well as a few other places I found when googling the name). The other inspiration is the saying “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” Actually this saying varies with the substitution of inappropriate for bad. The other interesting fact I found out when google researching the saying that multiple countries claim it. What all these countries have in common is that they have territory within the Arctic Circle like Norway, Finland and Russia. I think that moral of this story is that people from cold countries need good clothing for cold weather.

Any way you look at it, this sweater is perfect to warm you up.

Happy Knitting!

~Angela M.

September 6, 2014 at 9:52 pm 1 comment

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