Blog Tour: New Patterns from Knit Play Colour

Today we're excited to dive into color and bring you new patterns from Louise Zass-Bangham of Inspiration Knits. Louise has written a new book, Knit Play Colour, that takes a collection of patterns and shows you how you can take an idea and push and pull it into different directions for different effects. 

We are always playing with color and mixing up new color combinations, so we love the spirit of Louise's new book.

Featured on the cover is Affinity, which stripes two skeins of fingering weight yarn. Depending on what you choose, the effect can be wild or subtle. Of course we had to have something a little wild - Shiruku, a merino-silk blend, in one of our wildest colorways, Perfectly Wreckless. Louise has paired it with a lovely semi-solid purple from SweetGeorgia but we can also suggest Shiruku in Dusk

Her "Play" suggestion includes experimenting with multiple textures instead of multiple colors for a totally different effect.

All non-yarn photos copyright Jesse Wild.

Here's Shiruku in Perfectly Wreckless and Dusk together:

Flight of Colour is a shallow triangle scarf, striped in three colors in the original pattern. We love to put three colors together - we do it all the time - and Louise gives great tips for choosing a winning combination. By beginning with a favorite color and adding a dark and a light neutral, you're sure to have both good contrast and a harmonious overall effect.

Flight of Colour - three color scarf

Louise's "Play" suggestion is for adding lots more colors - incidentally perfect for lots of leftovers or a Polydactyl Set, which is what she created her second sample in. For more ideas on selecting colors, check out Louise's blog post.

Flight of Colour in Soul Food Polydactyl Set

And here's the Polydactyl Set in Soul Food:

Soul Food Polydactyl Set

The book is now available via Louise's site or on Ravelry. If you want to find out a little more about Knit Play Colour, you can join us for the rest of the blog tour. The next stop is Knitted Bliss.

We're also running a little giveaway. To be entered to win a digital download of the book, comment here by the end of the day Friday, October 9th (be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you). What unexpected color combinations do you love? Are you willing to take a chance on color, or would you rather play with textures?

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LOVE the Flight of Colour! I don’t mind working with texture, but I am just branching out into knitting with two colors and now even three colors in a shawl I just started knitting.

What colors were used for the Flight of Colour above?

Diana C.

I usually choose to play with texture. I do love how you striped the solid color yarns with the one multicolored yarn in the last picture. This Inspiration Knits Collection is gorgeous.

Anne S.

I love mixing colors but am timid about picking them myself. Bold combinations for me. Also like mixing textures but have always done them in solids. Looking forward to this book.


I love color, it makes me happy. Would love to win!!!

Rhonda H

I go one of two ways with colour – black and a bright splash of tons of colour here and there – or…. monotone with a lot of texture…. I think what has surprised me of late is that I tend to go for greys instead of pure blacks – and shades of grey are amazing!


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