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The Science Behind Color Choices – Part 2

In Part 1 of The Science Behind Color Choices I discussed the meaning of each color & how you can use these meanings to create items for those you love.  If you want to create crochet items using multiple colors and don’t know what to choose…you will discover that a Color Wheel will become your new best friend.

A Color Wheel shows the relationship between colors.  The color wheel in the above picture is a very basic one.  How do you use it?

Locate the main color you are considering using for your project.  If you want your colors to:

  • Blend:  Choose from the two wedges to the right or left of your main color.
  • Contrast:  Choose the color directly across from your main color.
  • Triad:  Choose the colors that create  an equilateral triangle with your main color.  For example, the above color wheel has 12 wedges.  If your main color is red & you want a triad color scheme, you would select red & every 4th wedge around.  (RED, YELLOW, BLUE).
  • Split Complementary:  Choose colors on each side of your main color.

On most color wheels each shade/hue of the color is numbered according to value.  If you want to create unusual color schemes, chooses colors that are the same values. A Color Wheel guide to mixing color (as shown in the link below) is what I have & I love it.  It will tell you:

  • Primary Colors:  Red, yellow & blue are basic colors & can’t be made by mixing other colors.
  • Secondary Colors:  Orange, green & violet each made by mixing two primary colors.
  • Tertiary Colors:  There are 6 of these made by mixing one primary color with an adjacent secondary color.
  • Warn Colors:  Reds, oranges, yellows
  • Cool Colors:  Greens, blues, violets
  • Plus all of the above information


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