How to Choose the Perfect Yarn Color Scheme using Pictures

Remember that time when you had an awesome pattern that you were dying to make, or a stitch you just had to try out? Remember going to the yarn store and having no idea what colors to get? - You want it to be perfect!

It seems like an easy thing to pick out colors and textures we like, but a lot of the time it's harder than we expect.

One of my tricks with to find a picture (or several) that I like and use it to inspire my color scheme. I find it a lot easier to spot images I like -- on Pinterest, in museums, in books, and so on -- and draw colors, textures, memories, and moods from them.

Below are a few examples, showing pictures I like and then showing what a yarn selection could be inspired by it. This is not exhaustive by any means. There are infinite possibilities in terms of the exact shades and textures, as well as the number of colors drawn from an image. Maybe you see one single color in the picture that is the perfect shade for what you want to create. Or maybe your project will have a dozen different colors and you want to dig into the color details to have that variety. All are great!

The yarns pictured are from Webs: America's Yarn Store.

Photograph by Mai An Hoa


Owls via



Photograph of Lauren Bacall


John William Waterhouse's Miranda



Edgar Degas' Two Dancers




Purple and Orange Starfish on the Beach by The Marque



A few more tips: 

If the exact color in the picture isn't what you want or your store doesn't have that color, experiment with similar shades, or something entirely different. It's all about having fun and trying things!

If the image has many colors and your project has one or a few, see if you can identify which colors are extra special to you in the image. What drew you to it in the first place? Is there a part of the image you find your eye drawn to? Remember, the image shows how all of these colors and textures can go together -- whatever you choose will be great.

Bottom line, we already know what we like! This approach helps us to consciously identify the colors that already make an impact on us.

Happy creating!

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