February 26, 2015
Let’s dive into another color-driven design, shall we? Stripe Quartet is a great simple, stripey cardigan using Baah Aspen. Mira (of Baah) and I picked out the colors together at TNNA last May and it was wonderful that we had similar thoughts. I’m super pumped she let me throw that orange in there because I love orange!
There are two ways to approach a project like this, in my opinion. First is to use two neutrals and two color pops, which is what I did with my sample using two greys, hot pink and orange. There aren’t many neutrals currently in the Aspen color line, so let’s pick out a few different color pops that could be subbed in using the same greys as I did, Shadow and Grey Onyx.
Clockwise: Shadow, Coral Reef, Grey Onyx, Sirena
I’m really digging that Coral Reef color! But how does it look with other ‘pop’ colors?
Clockwise: Shadow, Coral Reef, Grey Onyx, Peche
Clockwise: Shadow, Coral Reef, Grey Onyx, Fuchsia
Sirena and Fuchsia are the more startling/weird color combinations with the Coral Reef but come on, I like weird! If you’re going to do a four-color striped sweater I say have fun with it and go outside your comfort zone. Peche and Coral Reef is a tonal, more muted version of the original sample. Each of these combinations has a mix of warm and cool colors, which I think is important to consider when knitting multi-color designs. (Shadow, Grey Onyx and Sirena: Cool; Coral Reef and Peche: Warm; Fuchsia: Debateable.)
Another way to approach this project is by picking 4 shades in the same color family for a more gradient effect with less contrast. This option is dependent on your yarn of choice having lots of colors in the color family of your choice, and Aspen is somewhat limited here–you can’t do an all-yellow Stripe Quartet, but not many dyers offer a multitude of yellows anyway!
Clockwise: Blue Topaz, Sirena, Navy, Sky
These four blues create a balanced pairing since the top row features warmer blues with turquoise/teal influences and the bottom two colors are straight blues, almost a little greyed out. A great example of warm/cool mix while staying in one color family.
Clockwise: Amethyst, Fuchsia, Aubergine, Violet
Another beautiful and subtle palette that combines warm and cool purples of all hues!
Which way do you prefer your stripes–funky and off-beat or tonally united?