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One Plus One Plus One Equals One

  • A blue, green and gray knitting swatch over skeins of yarn.

I love to go into a new season mixing up a fresh range of solids that the changing landscape inspires in me. This spring I was definitely pulled towards the sand, the mountains and the sea. Developing a wide range of colors with similar values, that create harmony together is one of the best parts of my job.

The real magic comes next — combining these building blocks into variegated yarns brings the whole collection together. My goal is always to create these mixes in such a way that yields a smooth wash of color, even when the individual elements are in high contrast. Since it can be a challenge to visualize how some colors will knit up, I swatched them up so we could see. The best part is that for every one of these new multis there are two or three or even four solids to use as companions.

Some of my favorites this time around are Angelfish, Butte, Painted Desert and Lupinus. I’ve dyed these on an assortment of Deep Sock, Harbour Singles fingering and Triton, my luxe Merino, Cashmere and nylon blend DK. And of course, there companion mohair colors to choose from.