Changing Colors

One of the most interesting things about being a designer is working with a variety of colors in designs.

Sometimes the color of yarn chosen for a design is up to me, other times it is decided by the editor. There have been a few times when I wasn’t too sure about the color picked. It was a color or combination of colors that I don’t normally like together.

Or an editor might have decided that a design I like in a solid color would be better in a multi-colored yarn.

Right Angle Wrap Photo courtesy of Annie's Publishing/Crochet! Magazine
Right Angle Wrap
Photo courtesy of Annie’s Publishing/Crochet! Magazine

A prime example of that is my “Right Angle Wrap” that was in “Crochet !” magazine. I had originally envisioned that design as a single color. But the editor decided to go with a multi-color in the yarn.

Me wearing the "Right Angle Wrap"
Me wearing the “Right Angle Wrap”

In the years since I created that design I’ve actually grown very fond of the colorful version. I’m wearing it in the photo above.

The best part of crocheting though is you have the choice of making a project in any color that pleases you. Many times I’ve seen a photo of a design in the magazine and thought, “If I made that I think I would use a different color”. Often I have a yarn in my stash that I know will work up well in a design and I don’t even worry about color (most of my personal stash yarn has already been chosen for color). I’ve even re-worked some of my published designs in a different color just to see how they would look.

Photo Courtesy of Annies
Photo Courtesy of Annies

I made a “Winged Columns Wrap” for my mother one year in the silver grey color of that yarn. Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of it before sending off the gift to her.

Whirlwind Square - M2H Designs

An example of some of my readers changing colors are all the gorgeous “Whirlwind Afghan Block” projects folks made for the Moogly 2015 CAL. Some folks even changed the number of colors they used in the block adding to or subtracting from the original 5 colors in the pattern. I love to see that kind of creativity.

So the next time you are looking at patterns for a project, remember the color choices are all up to you.

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