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Geometric Lace: Monochrome

My first monochrome piece! These blues and aquas paired with the white lace look like a lovely seascape. I have since used this color palette three more times and loved it more each time! Making a monochrome piece starts with gathering every shade in your yarn stash plus white, grey, or some other neutral for the edging. Once you have your dark to light range, you can get started. I like to begin with my color extremes – in opposing corners, I put the darkest and lightest shades – ending with white. Then I start layering in my other shades from there. My joining method (expressed in detail in my Geometric Lace pattern!) allows you to jump around the blanket, adding in shades as you see fit to best shade the piece. Dramatic and classic Black to White fade – Absolutely an indulgence creating this one. Whichever color you choose, these monochrome beauties are so opulent and always a hit! I suggest it for a calming home décor piece. It’s a great stash buster, too!

Color Placement & Design

Through all of my crochet endeavors, the question that I get asked the most is “how do you create your color placement design?” Well, I join each hexagon as I make it so that the blanket grows in a completely organic manner. Choosing Colors I find color inspiration in nature (flowers, insects, the sky), and designers/artists (fashion, home décor, web design). Wild Olive blog has a great article on choosing colors – it is for embroidery, but let me tell you, I almost exclusively get inspiration from non-crochet sources. The more varied your inspiration sources, the fresher and more unique your pieces will be.  For the Geometric Lace blankets, I typically start with five or six main colors (sometimes multi-color, sometimes monochrome) and I make one complete hexagon in the most representative shade of each. I play around with those five or six “prototype” hexes, arranging them to get the best color flow. For example, the reference photo below represents a blanket with a color in each corner, and green in the center. To blend colors, I use lights next …

Color and Your Mood

My interest in how color and mood are related began long ago when I put a quarter in a machine, turned the knob, and out popped the ring that would turn my finger green for weeks to come: the mood ring. So mysterious! So accurate! So adjustable! Read more about your favorite 70s fad on wikipedia, at, or buy a dozen for yourself and all your friends here! Below, you can see my favorite online visual for colors and the moods commonly associated with them. It is from Carey Jolliffe Graphic Arts, and you can read a very detailed related article on the fabulous here. I love how there are so many colors! Here is another pretty graphic outlining some color moods. In the newly emerging 2014, a big chunk of the online crochet community will be paying special attention to the relationship between mood and color, because of a wonderful project started by Instagram user Mummy_Stacey. Here are some links related to the “Crochet Mood Blanket 2014” project: Mummy_Stacey Instagram feed Interested in the project? …