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mrs. warhol
« on: April 16, 2006 01:05:08 PM »

Hi all,
this is my fortunate situation: I have a friend that gave me about 40 balls of mohair in all different colors.  He asked me to make a sweater out of this that he has been dreaming about for 10 years. Basically what he wants is  a striped sweater, but all of the stripes to be different widths, not matching sleeve to sleeve or front to back, etc.
so my issue is this...how the heck should i lay out the stripe colors? i dont want it to look too rainbow-esque or clowny. basically i remember nothing from 10th grade color theory. and of course, hes not helping me out on how he wants it either (the classic "surprise me" was uttered).
if you have any ideas at all, please help!
thank you thank you thank you!
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2006 01:15:14 PM »

I've heard of a stripe generator, but I found a book on color schemes while browsing Borders, I think it was called "The color scheme bible" not sure if that is the right book, but that might lead you to some others, and it has some great color schemes in it. You could try to find that and see if it inspires you.
Also, if you find a picture and take a few sample colors out of that, they usually look good together. Nature knows colors best.
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2006 02:13:48 PM »

I've heard of a stripe generator,

Random Stripe Generator
Click on boxes that are as close to the color of the yarn. In the number of rows allowed - the more boxes you check the more variation in the width of the stripes. You could do a different generator for each sweater part (front, back, left sleeve, right sleeve) based on how many rows that part has.

I'm not positive the color coordination thing is going to be great with this generator but it should help. Another tip - look at all of the balls together - the ones that jump out (color or shade stands out) should be used less (smaller stripe) and should be evenly distributed so the viewer's eyes move around the sweater - or alternatively placed specifically to draw the viewer's attention.
mrs. warhol
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2006 02:57:17 PM »

Thank you!
i looked online and my public library has "the color scheme bible". im going to check it out on tuesday.
until then ill play around on the generator.
I'll keep elijor's advice with picking colors with my eye in mind too so the colors dont get too concentrated.
thanks a million!
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2006 09:18:23 AM »

Hi, there. I wrote a piece on my blog about transitioning multiple colors of yarn that might be helpful. The link is here http://www.janethornley.com/journal_knitters.php and then scroll down the page. Hope it helps! Jane
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