Techniques for Knitting with Multiple Shades


You can use color theory in knitting to create multiple shades. Color theory is the study of how colors affect us emotionally and how we can use them to create harmonious palettes. It will help you: choose colors that work together, combine primary and secondary colors, extend your palette with analogous or complementary colors, and even create a harmonious palette from a single color.

How to choose colors?

The first step in choosing colors is to think about the harmony of your knitting palette. A harmonious palette will have colors that are related to one another in some way, whether they’re all part of the same family or complement each other (or both).

The most basic way to create a harmonious palette is by using a color wheel as your guide. A good rule of thumb is that if two colors are next to each other on a true-to-life color wheel, they’ll work well together. Still, if they’re opposite from each other on the spectrum, they won’t look very nice at all! You can find lots of different kinds online. Try searching for “color wheels” or “color theory.”

Once you’ve picked out your basic shades (the ones closest to white), it’s time for some more advanced techniques:

How to combine primary and secondary colors?

When you combine primary colors, you get secondary colors. The three primary colors are red, blue, and yellow. When these are mixed together in equal proportions (like the RGB color model), they create the secondary colors orange, green, and purple.

Combining a primary color with its neighboring secondary color can create an entirely new hue that neither of them has on their own. This is called complementary harmony because it uses two contrasting hues to make something new: for example, combining yellow with purple results in a shade called “orange-red” or maroon. Mixing blue with orange results in greenish-browns like khaki. Mixing red with green makes brownish greens like olive drab, and mixing violet with yellow gives us magenta…the list goes on!

How to extend your palette?

When working with multiple shades, it’s important to remember how they will interact. Sometimes, you can take an existing color palette and make it even more harmonious by adding another shade of the same color family. For example: if you want to use reds in your work (or maybe just one red), also consider including another shade of orange or yellow-based red. It will help balance out the overall effect of your project.

If you find yourself going too far into hot pink territory with one particular shade but still want some pink in your knitted garment, try using something like fuchsia instead. It will add just enough punch without overwhelming things too much!

Similarly, if too many cool tones are happening on top of each other but still want something light bluey-greeny-grayish…there are ways around this as well! One option is simply adding a neutral color such as white or black. These neutrals have no inherent properties themselves, so they won’t change much when added to any existing combination (though they may make certain colors pop more than others). Another option would be choosing an analogous hue like purple/blue or yellow/orange instead. These tend towards balance rather than contrast, so they won’t disrupt anything else going on within that particular piece as much, either!

How to create a harmonious palette from a single color?

You can create a harmonious palette in knitting using only a single color. This might be your best bet if you’re looking for an easy way to start your project.

Using only one hue (a color shade) will also result in harmony, but there are some limitations with this method that you should be aware of:

  • You may not have enough contrast between the colors if they’re too similar or equally saturated. This can make it difficult for viewers’ eyes to follow from one part of the design to another without getting lost along the way!
  • Suppose there are too many tones within one hue family (for example, all light blues). In that case, there won’t be enough variety among them either visually or psychologically. Having too much repetition will make your piece feel boring fast!

You can use color theory to knit with multiple shades.

Color theory is the study of how colors interact with each other and how they communicate meaning, mood, and emotion. For example, red is often associated with passion or anger, blue conveys calmness and serenity, yellow symbolizes happiness and energy, and purple evokes luxury or royalty. Color harmony refers to the arrangement of colors on a page in such a way that they appear pleasing together. So, get your knitting tools and accessories today, and start your colorful journey!


We hope this article has given you some ideas for using color theory in your knitting. We know it can be tricky, but we also believe that with enough practice and patience, anyone can learn how to use their favorite colors in harmony. We’ve seen some amazing projects come out of our community over the years, so if there’s one thing we want to leave you with: keep working at it!