Row 1 (color A): one color
Row 2 (color B): another color
Row 3 (color C): still another color
The whole idea is to use one at a time; it could be called 1, 2, 3 just as easily. I learned this in a class from Laura Bryant of Prism Yarns and Barry Klein from Trendsetter. They actually used it with Tunisian Crochet, but it works well for the Linen Stitch, too.
The idea behind this technique is changing colors each row, working in three’s. This will always put the next color on the correct side of your work when it’s time to knit with it. It makes it easy to create something unique without agonizing over what color to use next. You can use this method with anything from simple garter stitch to more complex designs.
It’s a wonderful method for using odd bits of yarn, or three lone skeins, too. Just choose some yarns that contrast and complement each other!
If you’re hesitant to choose 3 colors for a project, I’d like to share with you a website I’ve enjoyed.
It’s called colourlovers.com.
When you first look at it, you might not know what to do, although it usually shows great palette combinations on the home page that are lots of fun to explore. The real gem, though, is a color picking software and it’s free to use. I think you might have to register to save color palettes, though.
Check it out and let me know what you think in the forums!
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