I have a friend that when she gets around a store full of material can instantly pick out different material that when put together, makes beautiful quilts every time.  She amazes me sometimes with the colors and prints she puts together.  She just seems to have been made with a good eye for color.  Unfortunately not me, I was not blessed with such an eye.

The hardest part for me when crocheting a scrap yarn afghan was learning how to choose the colors that would be pleasing to the eye when finished.  I need to follow certain rules to help me match colors that do not clash.  But who knew?

The most obvious and useful tool I discovered was to learn how to use a color wheel.  This has been very helpful to me over the years.  The information I found on Wikipedia was very well explained.  So let’s just use  what they have written.

Information was taken from  Wikipedia and Graphic is from the Craft Yarn Council

In color theory, a color scheme is the choice of colors used in design for a range of media. For example, the use of a white background with black text is an example of a common default color scheme in web design.

Color schemes are logical combinations of colors on the color wheel. Color schemes are used to create style and appeal. Colors that create an aesthetic feeling together commonly appear together in color schemes. A basic color scheme uses two colors that look appealing together. More advanced color schemes involve several colors in combination, usually based around a single color—for example, text with such colors as red, yellow, orange and light blue arranged together on a black background in a magazine article. Color schemes can also contain different shades of a single color; for example, a color scheme that mixes different shades of green, ranging from very light (almost white) to very dark.

Complementary colors are two colors directly across from each other; for example, red and green are complementary colors. Tetradic color palettes use four colors, a pair of complementary color pairs. For example, one could use yellow, purple, red, and green. Tetrad colors can be found by putting a square or rectangle on the color wheel. An analogous color scheme is made up of colors next to each other on the wheel. For example, red, orange, and yellow are analogous colors. Monochromic colors are different shades of the same color. For example, light blue, indigo, and cyan blue. Complementary colors are colors across from each other on a color wheel. For example, blue and orange. Triadic colors are colors that are evenly across from each other, in a triangle over the color wheel. For example, the primary colors red, yellow, and blue are triadic colors—_________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Others things I have found that help are seen in the following;

1.  No matter what color I use for the body of the afghan, I always use a neutral color for the border.  Neutral colors do not appear on a color wheel.  The four most common neutrals are black, white, brown and grey,  I think these colors seem to bring the inside colors together quite nicely.

2.  I will sometimes use a neutral color within the body of the afghan to break up the colors a little bit. This makes the colors stand out a little more.  I like to use this especially when I have a lot of colors that I am not really sure go together.  When I do this I usually use black or white yarn depending on the other colors.

3.  If I have enough yarn to do this I will place the colors in certain sequence and then crochet in that order through out the afghan.

4. If you do not have enough yarn to repeat the same color rows, then I try to match the yarn to three below and three above.   

5.  Keep in mind you do not have to work strips, there is always squares.  The granny square is a popular way to use up your stash and usually looks really nice.

If there is any suggestions you could share with those of us that struggle a little more in this area please share.  Your comments could help someone turn their left over yarn into something beautiful

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.