how to add color?
so many ways!
1-self striping yarns! Paton SoyWoolStripe --or other wools/woolblends that stripe (NORO is one of the expensive ones–SWS is cheaper but still is very pretty (see my blog -link below for free hat pattern (and photo of FO)
2–Slip and Mosaic stitches! you only use 1 yarn at a time, but the results are spectactular… complex looking colorful designs. I posted as swatch (scroll down)–still haven’t gotten round to knitting. or search for slip stitch patterns (about.knitting.com use to have a great collection–but a quick google search will find you lots)
Look at this color work–a slip stitch pattern:
beautiful isn’t it?
3–illusion knitting (again, a single color yarn at at time process)
4–OK, finally fair isle. after learning a few slip stitch patterns, fair isle will be easy-- you’ll be used to ‘carrying yarn’ (across the back of stitches) an not pulling it too tight with a single yarn, and adding a second yarn will be an extention of those skills
5–Intarsia… will be just another skill now that you know all the others.
6- break into really simple/complex designs and learn celular automaton color work… (see Norah Gaugham or Debbie New–(i’ve done some too, but don’t have a link to it in my blog… but you can see it my hat album (link to that in left hand column)
7 Jacquard double knitting –
there are lots of ways to do color work…
(and then, you start combining them… make stripes --2 or more rows --and edge with slip stitches (slip stitches are tighter but stretchy–not as much as ribbing, but they still make a great roll free edge.)
or combine stripes with intarsia… or stripes (plain) with stripes of fair isle…
this way you get color with out being overwhelmed by endless color work!