I Advocate Experimentation With Color Through Striping
It’s pretty obvious I’m fond of stripes. And I like to experiment, putting together colors I don’t expect, sometimes don’t even expect to like next to each other. Stripes are one way I challenge my own comfort and in the process discover things about color (and perhaps my own tastes) that surprise me. For example, if you put an unexpected color in a stripe pattern it will draw attention to itself, sometimes in a not so good way. So, use the color again. It makes all the colors pop a little more if you’ve hit on the right combination.
For the guy bag below, the dark brown and pale willow color are stark contrasts, but by bringing the two colors together and then reusing them again and again, together and apart, they made the other colors sing. In my laptop bag below (the girly colorway on the pattern cover), I think it’s the Kumquat and Goldleaf in combination with all those reds and pinks that makes the bag. And I used not to care for yellow. . . until I started bringing it in to my stripe patterns.
Here might be another rule to play around with: put next to each other two colors you don’t like very much. See what happens. Try this with balls of yarn at your LYS. Stand back and squint.
A test knitter of mine came up with another trick to test color combinations: wrap colors around a book or piece of cardboard to simulate stripes and put next to the stripes you have already worked. Stand back. . . this is one way to try out color patterns without committing to all that knitting.
I often try out a color for a few stitches to see if I like it. If not, out it comes. That’s the bottom line: if you don’t like it, frog.
Send pictures of your laptop bags and fun stripe patterns to me and I’ll add them to a blog entry gallery.
As promised, for those who want to duplicate my stripes on the laptop bags, here are the colors I used and the rows I worked below.
Men’s Laptop stripes
Here are the colors I used:
1. Galway 757 (G757)
2. Galway 754 (G754)
3. Galway 130 (G130)
4. Galway 59 (G59)
5. Riverstone 55 (R55)
6. Riverstone 64 (R64)
7. Riverstone 18 (R18)
Here are the colors and rows I worked (I refer to all colors by number): CO in R18 & work 3 rounds.
5 G757, 3 G130, 4 G754, 1 R18, 3 R55, 3 R64, 2 G757, 1 R64, 3 G754, 2 G59, 1 R18, 1 R55, 2 G757, 3 G59, 3 R64, 2 G754, 3 R55, 2 R18, 4 G130, 3 G59, 3 G757, 2 G130, 1 R18, 2 G59, 3 R64, 3 R55, 2 754, 3 G130, 2 R64, 1 R18, 3 G59, 2 G757, 3 G130, 2 G754, 1 R55, 3 R64, 2 G757, 3 needle BO in G757. If your laptop is taller, simply start at the beginning of the stripe series and repeat. The stripe series is so long that it will not even look as though you are repeating.
Women’s Laptop stripes
Here are the colors I used:
1. Galway 174 (G174)
2. Galway 173 (G173)
3. Galway 177 (G177)
4. Galway 148 (G148)
5. Galway 125 (G125)
6. Riverstone 23 (R23)
7. Riverstone 11 (R11)
8. Riverstone 12 (R12)
9. Riverstone 33 (R33)
10. Riverstone 61 (R61)
11. Riverstone 63 (R63)
Here are the colors and rows I worked (I refer to the Galway colors by number and the Riverstone colors by name): CO in R red and work 4 rounds.
3 G125, 2 G177, 5 G174, 3 G148, 3 R Strawberry, 2 G173, 1 R Valentine, 2 R Kumquat, 3 R Goldleaf, 5 R Red, 3 G174, 3 G177, 4 R Rouge, 2 R Goldleaf, 1 R Kumquat, 5 G173, 2 G148, 7 R Red, 3 R Rouge, 2 G177, 5 G125, 3 R Strawberry, 5 G174, 1 R Red, 3-needle BO in R Red. If your laptop requires more height, simply start at the beginning of the stripe series and repeat (or jump in anywhere and repeat). This will give you the support of a stripe pattern but will look almost as though the pattern does not repeat.