Lately, I have been thinking a lot about colors. Today, I crocheted a mesh cap from a chocolate-brown colored cotton yarn. Chocolate- brown is my favorite color to make hats and scarves. I like that it is a dark neutral color. It seems to me to have a richer tone than black, navy blue or charcoal gray.
Of course, I will make any color hat or scarf per customer request. For children’s hat and scarf sets, I only use chocolate-brown as an accent color(for a flower or as a stripe). Besides chocolate-brown, pink, cranberry, purple, gray, green, honey, scarlet, navy blue and black were the most popular hat/ scarf color choices requested by most of my customers this winter season.
A 9-year-old boy requested an orange beanie and scarf set. I gave a lot of thought to which shade of orange I would choose, since he didn’t specify. I chose to make the beanie tangerine and his scarf tangerine with black stripes. He seemed to be very pleased with these colors. At first, I thought that orange was a strange color to want to wear. But, I remember one occasion, when I thought orange was the perfect color choice for an item I wanted to wear. My high school prom dress was burnt orange-colored. I thought I looked very pretty. Later that evening, I saw another girl wearing the exact same dress. She must have thought orange was just the right color choice for her too. I think that anyone could probably find a flattering shade of orange clothing to wear.
During the mid to late 1980’s, I had a color consultation. I was in my late 20’s at that time. I think the name of the company was “Color Me Beautiful”. The color consultant told me I was a “winter.” I was given a booklet of color swatches. These swatches were to assist me in picking out “winter” shades of colors for my clothing and accessories.
Looking back , it seems strange to me that I didn’t feel confident enough to realize that I was already chosing flattering clothing colors. What seems even stranger to me now, is that I felt it necessary to have someone else tell me what my favorite colors should be.
One valuable lesson, I learned from this color consultation was that I could wear any color but that some shades of colors were more flattering to me than others. I remember, after that color consultation, royal blue was my favorite color for many years. Now I favor deep pink and purple color shades(fuchsia; wine, berry).
When I crochet an afghan, I like to use either earth tones like shades of browns and greens. For baby afghans , I prefer mint green or yellow. A lot of times, I will use variegated yarns when making afghans. But again, I will also make afghan per customer color choice.
I read an interesting article, by Kristin Nicholas titled “Color Confidence”, in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue of Crochet Today Magazine. She states that having “a color wheel is an invaluable tool when learning to create new color combinations.” In the article she gives examples on how to use a color wheel . She also suggests observing how colors are combined in natural settings. Maybe, I should buy a color wheel. I think , I will try to experiment more with different combinations when I am crocheting afghans. But chocolate-brown will still be my color of choice when crochet hats and scarves.