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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: Polka Dot Sheep Yarn

SG Slouchy 1

New Release: Snow Ghost Slouchy knit in PDS Worsted (platinum and juice)

If you are a regular reader of this blog, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or a regular in our Ravelry group, you have seen and heard the name “PDS yarn”. Yes, we are launching our very own line of hand dyed yarns. Obviously we are totally thrilled with this new adventure.


We are having a KAL and contest to celebrate the official launch of Polka Dot Sheep Yarn. Details can be found in the Polka Dot Sheep Yarn Ravelry group. The KAL and contest will happen on Ravelry. So if you are not a Ravlery member, go join and then join our PDS yarn group. Win your own Polka Dot Sheep Yarn!

Polka Dot Sheep Yarn is handed by Jennifer O. in her studio in Whitefish, Montana. She is inspired by nature and her imagination. Most colorways are semi solid in nature using the kettle dye method. Variegated colors are dyed using a variety of techniques. The color palette of PDS yarns is expanding nearly daily. If you have a color suggestion or request, tell Jennifer about in the Color Talk thread in the PDS Yarn Ravelry group. Jennifer goes by twincomet on Ravelry.

We currently have three lines of yarn in different weights,

PDS Worsted

PDS Worsted is a plump 100% superwash merino yarn. It is tightly plied and has wonderful stitch definition. Textures and cables pop, the surface is smooth without a halo. PDS Worsted really is perfect for most patterns with a gauge of 4-5 stitch/inch. Each 100 gram skein has 220 yards / 201 meters.

The following patterns from Polka Dot Sheep Publications pair well with PDS Worsted.

PDS Pub Worsted Blankets #

  1. Sawing Logs
  2. Harvest Moon
  3. Candyland
  4. Crisscross Applesauce
  5. Moving Mountains
  6. Rocky Coastline
  7. Mountain Chickadee

PDS Pub Pattern Worsted hats +#

  1. Snow Ghost Slouchy ~ designed specifically for PDS Worsted
  2. Sweet Tart Poncho
  3. Bobbles for the Whole Family
  4. Let It Snow! Ski Hat
  5. Off Piste
  6. Quick & Easy Hats for the Whole Family

PDS Sport

PDS Sport is a 2 ply 100% superwash wool yarn. Its sturdy and durable nature makes it perfect for accessories that get a lot of wear like mittens. Cables and texture show very well. With the largest palette of colors (so far), PDS Sport is excellent choice for stranded knitting. Each 100 gram skein has 345 yards / 316 meters.

The following Polka Dot Sheep Publications patterns pair well with PDS Sport.

PDS Pub Sport #

  1. Snow Ghost Mittens ~ designed specifically for PDS Sport
  2. Snow Ghost ~ designed specifically for PDS Sport
  3. Barleycove
  4. Good Medicine
  5. The Lomond Collection ~ fingerless mitts for the women, men, boys & girls

Tenderfoot 80/20

Tenderfoot is a superwash 80% merino, 20% nylon fingering weight yarn. It has a lovely sheen and depth of color. With 20% nylon, Tenderfoot 80/20 is also great for socks. Each 100 gram skein has 400 yards / 366 meters, an ample amount for a pair of women’s socks. Tenderfoot 8o/20 is available in both semi solid and variegated colors.

The following Polka Dot Sheep Publications patterns pair well with Tenderfoot 80/20.

PDS Pub Fingering

  1. Charlie’s Sock Yarn Hat
  2. Sea of Dreams

Interesting fact: The two patterns above are the most knit of all our patterns.

Try something new today! Grab yourself some PDS Yarn and a Polka Dot Sheep Publications pattern and make your next favorite project.

For all the ways that you can find out the latest news about Polka Dot Sheep and our adventures, please read Where to Find Polka Dot Sheep?.

Have a lovely weekend and happy knitting!

~Angela M.

March 21, 2014 at 9:58 am Leave a comment

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