We welcomed knitwear designer Aleks Byrd to the Bath Knitting & Crochet Guild this month. Aleks loves colour and pattern in her work and she talked us through choosing colours for stranded colour work (rather than sticking to the colours in the pattern) and making it your own.
To enable makers to choose their own colour-ways with confidence Aleks has created a ‘colour your own’ pattern book of mittens, which also includes colour-ways that she’s designed. She’s kindly shared a few of her designs with us for this session.
Aleks explained about contrasting colours, how to make the most of the designs and show the detail, the benefits of using variegated yarn to add depth of colour and interest, and how being subtle with your colour choices can be just as eye-catching as the bold choices.
Colouring your own pattern grid gives you greater control over the item you’re making and also makes it easier to read if you’re changing the colour-way of the original pattern. Grid paper can be coloured in, then cut up and rearranged to allow you to play around with different ideas and formations.
One of Aleks’ top tips is to create a palette from a photo you like by uploading it to pictaculous.com and the colour palette will be provided to you.
You can download the workshop materials here:
- Aleks Byrd Color Knit Mittens Workshop Handout
- Aleks Byrd Color Knit Mittens Workshop Triip Chart Handout
Color & Knit, Mittens by Aleks Byrd is available to buy from A Yarn Story.