Choosing the Right Colors for Your Next Crochet Project

Choosing yarn colors for your next crochet project isn’t always easy. Sometimes improvising works and sometimes it can lead to frustration and wasted yarn. Save money (and your sanity) with these helpful tips on how to choose the right colors for your next crochet project! 

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There are quite a few ways to choose yarn colors for your next project. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

Color Wheel

Using a color wheel can be helpful for picking yarn colors. It’s not very specific in terms of various shades of color but you can get an idea of what colors compliment each other. There is a great color wheel here along with a tutorial on how to use it.

Color Palette Generator

There are some websites that have great color generators to help you create color palettes. These sites can help show you what color combinations go together and help you visualize it before you buy yarn. Here are a few:

  • Canva – Canva allows you to upload an image and the app pull colors directly from the image to create your color palette! It’s great if you find an inspiring photo and want to use it to generate a color scheme for a blanket or other larger project.
  • Coolers – I personally love Coolers.co. You can generate random color palettes by hitting the space bar, lock the colors you like, change the hue of your colors and also upload an image to pull colors from. It provides great inspiration if you are stuck.

Make Your Own Color Palettes Using Stash Yarn

You can use your stashed yarn to create little squares or yarn pegs like Lucy at Attic24. You can mix and match colors for you next project and see exactly how they would look in that specific yarn. Just be sure to label your swatches or pegs so that you know what kind of yarn to get for next time.

Take a Trip to the Yarn Store

If you like to see your yarn up close, take a trip to the yarn store! You can pick up different skeins and see what goes together and also see what colors you like. You also have the added benefit of making sure you like the texture of the yarn.

Cake Yarns and Color Packs

If you cannot decide on a color palette, take a cue from some of the various cake yarns that are available. The cake yarns on the market have long variegations so you get larger color blocks. I personally like Lion Brand Mandala Yarn and Caron Cakes.

Color packs are also another great option. The skein colors have already been chosen so all you have to do is buy it and create! Scheepjes has some beautiful color packs to choose from.


Always keep in mind who you are making your project for and what colors they might like. Also make sure to try color combinations that you wouldn’t normally try. I hope these tips have helped you pick the yarn for your next project!

 

 

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