Deciding a Yarn Color for Your New Grandbaby
So Many Different Options to Choose From
Nothing compares to a handcrafted gift from a grandparent. It is like receiving a warm blanket, stuffed animal, or lovey in place of a hug. Not to mention, having something that was lovingly made is a special treat they will always cherish.
One of the hardest parts about getting started with a new yarn project is deciding on the perfect color. A gift for a grandchild is so special and often we want to make sure it is perfect. Deciding the proper yarn color for your project can have a large outcome on how you feel about it in the end.
There are many different ways to go about deciding yarn colors for projects. Sometimes the yarn color is listed in the pattern itself and sometimes we want to adapt the colors that are used in the pattern. Think about your grandchild. Could the parents have a theme for the nursery or child? Other things to consider are a monochromatic approach or traditional colors and color pairings. Below are some ways to help you decide on what would be the best fit for your project for your grandchild!
No matter what color or combination of colors you decide to go with check out the Knitpal storefront! With the wide variety of color choices, you should not have a problem finding exactly what you need.
Many new parents will decide to use a monochromatic color scheme for their baby or nursery. According to the American Optometric Association newborns mostly see in shades of white, gray, and black for the first few months. They do not have full recognition of color until five months old. Click on the following links for yarn selections in white, grey, and black.
Traditional Baby Colors
If the family is taking a more traditional route there are traditional colors associated with each gender. Blue is for boys, pink is for girls, and yellow can be used as a neutral color. This tradition traces back to at least the 19th century.
Blue as a color selection is often associated with relaxation and nature. Ranging from light blue all the way to navy. It can be used to portray the sky, the ocean, and the dark night. Check out the Knitpal selection for blue.
Pink as a color selection is commonly associated with femininity, love, and has an uplifting effect. Ranging from light pale pink all the way up to bright pink. It can be used to portray the vibrancy of flowers, candy, hearts, and more. Check out the Knitpal selection for pink.
Yellow is a color selection that can be linked to optimism, happiness, and mental stimulation. Ranging all the way from light yellow to almost a burnt orange yellow. It can be used to portray things like sunshine, flowers, honey bees, and more. Check out the Knitpal selection for yellow.
Maybe your project needs a combination of colors. There are predetermined combinations of colors that come from how they are placed on the color wheel. Combinations such as complementary colors and analogous colors are great places to start. There are also more complex combinations like split complementary colors, triadic color combinations, and tetradic color combinations.
Complementary Colors are found directly across from each other on the color wheel. When these highly contrasting colors are used together it makes for a very bold design. It is best not to use these colors equally but to pick one as the main color and the other color as a highlight. Some examples of complementary colors are red and green, blue and orange, and purple and yellow.
Analogous Colors are colors that are directly next to each other on the color wheel. These color combinations are very harmonious and often found in nature. It is best to pick one main color and then two colors to go along with it. Some examples of analogous colors are green, blue, and purple, and red, orange, and yellow.
Tetradic Color Combinations are a combination of four separate colors that are equidistant from each other on the color wheel. When joined together they form a square. These color combinations make for loud and fun designs but can easily get overwhelming if not used correctly. Some examples of tetradic color combinations are red, green, blue - purple, and yellow - orange, and yellow, purple, green - blue, and red - orange.
Find Your Favorite Color Option and Get Started!
No matter what type of colors you choose it is time to get started! From the traditional to the monochromatic, to the most complex color combinations there is something for everyone. Head over to the Knitpal storefront and let your creativity fly! Happy crafting!