We’re back from our month-long trip. We arrived Saturday and I’m slowly emerging from a fog of jetlag. In the last week, I was on planes 5 out of 7 days. Airports are crazy places.

We’re so glad to be back and settling into the routine of being home. I have yet to unpack and do laundry and I have bear book revisions to do.

I was in Columbus for 5 days of the trip at the Needle Arts Association trade show. One of the things I like about trade shows is seeing my designs “in the wild.” Lorna’s Laces had a version of Ribs and Mesh worked in their Shepherd Sport that was soft and stretchy and showed of the hand-dyed colors beautifully. In the Blue Sky Alpaca booth there was lots of buzz about the debut of their new yarn line Spud and Chloë. The yarn line is different from other blue sky yarns because all the yarns are washable. Two of the yarns Sweater and Bulky contain superwash wool and organic cotton.

Late last year, I was asked to come up with a crochet design for the new yarn. I chose to use the Sweater and I designed this scarf in Mosaic Crochet – a fun technique that creates color patterns using chains and spike stitches, but only working in one color per row (similar to mosaic or slip stitch knitting). In fact, the stitch pattern was adapted from a Barbara Walker knitting stitch.

Aztec Scarf designed for Blue Sky Alpacas new Spud and Chloë yarn

I love how the scarf turned out–on the one side, you have the color block pattern, and on the reverse you have textured stripes. In choosing the colors I wanted to make sure there was a good contrast so the pattern really pops. I usually love subtle color variations in colorwork, but I thought in this case bold choices worked better. The Spud and Chloë color palette has some great colors and I was sent a sample of each for swatching, I spent a lot of time, just rearranging skeins on the floor to come up with color combinations.

The folks at Blue Sky have generously offered to give away a kit for the scarf (4 skeins of Sweater in the colors of your choice, and the pattern), to one reader of my blog. The yarn is so new that most stores don’t have it yet, so if you win you’ll be one of the first crocheters to try it out.

To enter, just leave a comment on my blog about how you make color choices in your crochet. On July 1st (my birthday), I’ll pick a winner. Good luck!

Spud and Chloë: A new pattern and a contest

83 thoughts on “Spud and Chloë: A new pattern and a contest

  • June 25, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Yeah! What a pretty pattern.
    I did one crochet granny square scarf that had a ton of colors. I went with mainly complimentary color combos and in the end didn't include the yellow and purple I had in order to tone down the overall appearance. Other than that I've never actually made much of a color choice for crochet specifically – I guess that would be the same as my knitting choices though. Oddly – it rarely matches my wardrobe choices…

  • June 25, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I love this scarf! Spud and Chloe is my new fav yarn….I like the feel of it even more than any 100% baby merino that i have ever come across. It is FAB!

  • June 25, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    haha forgot to finish my post! I usually pick my yarn based on what looks best on me (or the recipient) and how I am feeling that day. Bad day= bright colors to pick me up, stressful day=calming greens, blues, happy day= bold colors to keep me entertained!

  • June 25, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I make my color choices according to my whims, like what I think the best colors are for a particular yarn. Thanks for the contest!

  • June 25, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Wow! What a nice giveaway! I usually make my color choices depending on whom I knit for and what the item is. For example, I just finished knitting a hat for my husband, I knit it in blue and white cuz those were his college colors. With socks, I like to knit them in bright pretty colors and white. Red and White, Black and white, light blue and white. White is nice with any color.
    Thx for the chance to try out this yarn


  • June 25, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I love, love, love this pattern. So pretty! I usually choose whatever feels right. Sometimes I get inspired by the pattern I'm using, and others, I just pick the prettiest colors.

  • June 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    My color choices for this would be based on contrast to best show off it's beauty. Colors from opposite ends of the spectrum. I'll make mine with a dark shade of lime green and a deep purple!

    Very nice!

  • June 26, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Lovely scarf – very inspiring.

    I choose colors by first lining up the skeins or holding strands of yarn close together. If I am still not sure I do a swatch. I try to go against the classic combinations and if there are bright colors, I try to put in something dark or grey to give it a “background” to shine against.
    If I use two colors I make sure they have different tone. Like in your scarf it looks great because its a light blue and a dark red – a combination of light blue and light red wouldn't have appealed to me.

  • June 26, 2009 at 6:09 am

    When I start a project, especially a crochet project, I'm often just working with tidbits and leftovers. I basically dig through all my yarn bins and toss each skein that interests me that day onto my bed, without really thinking if they work together yet. Then I look at the pile and remove any that stand out too much, or don't look right. There's really no logic behind it, it's just a sixth sense or something.

    Whether we know it or not, our lives have a color palette and taking stock in 'random' and mundane life moments can produce great color combos. I'll be humming along folding laundry and look down to see a beautiful colorway in tank tops or in bowls stacked in the cupboard after putting the dishes away. I love being surprised by color!!

    As a fellow Spud & Chloe designer I couldn't accept your prize of course, but I really wanted to get in on the conversation! Good luck everyone!

  • June 26, 2009 at 6:27 am

    I am a quilter also, so sometimes if I need color inspiration, i will grab a fave fabric from my stash and see if i can pull colors from that. Or I use your “lay the skeins next to each other” method. 😉

  • June 26, 2009 at 8:08 am

    As a beginning crocheters, I've been pretty limited in my color choices. I guess I'm still worried about making it correctly so I don't want to screw up the colorways as well! So, I've mostly been going with yarns that I like in the colorways available.

    Perhaps winning this contest will allow me to become more creative!

    Look for me at http://lazydaisyknits.blogspot.com or over at Ravelry where I am Humbledaisy.

  • June 26, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Choosing colors depends on what I am making…but I find I try to see things through my children's eyes. I think we adults tend to see things as they “should be” and kids, especially young ones, they are still testing the “shoulds” so they will usually put all kinds of different colors together and it just works. If it is something whimsical and fun…I definetly consult my children!

  • June 26, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Ooooh, that yarn looks gorgeous!
    I usually choose colors that relate to how I expect to use the item I'm making. Making an afghan for my sofa? It should match the colors in my living room. Making a cardigan for everyday use? I'll choose a color that matches my favourite jeans or a skirt that I wear frequently. My scarf and gloves match the maroon lining in my coat… and so on.

  • June 26, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Kim, I love what you said about being surprised by color. Thanks for joining

  • June 26, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I like something that will match different outfits, like black with splashes or stripes of other bright colours.
    munkiknits at yahoo

  • June 27, 2009 at 7:01 am

    I usually pick colours I love, because then I am more likely to actually use the item. I know this sounds obvious, but I have bought yarn in colours which were beautiful but I didn't actually have any visceral reaction to, and it never gets used.

  • June 27, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Color is my favorite part of any project! My choices these days tend toward the blue/greens and grays. But I was lucky enough to get some Spud and Chloe yarn and I got orange, yellow, two shades of yellow green and deep teal. Super! Not sure what I will do with them yet.

  • June 27, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Happy Early Bday!

    I try to pick colors based on the season or what I want to use it for. Like scarves I try to go with colors that will match black, grey, red, and sometimes blue (random jackets i'm known to wear)

  • June 27, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    If it is for myself, I usually gravitate towards red or blue in deep jewel tones. For others, I try to find something that will provide a pop of color without being too bright. Since I have family members who love colors like orange and pink together, or black with purple, it makes it easier to find that “hint” of color in the finished item.

    Happy birthday on Wednesday.


  • June 27, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Happy birthday (almost)!

    For me it's easy – I use purple (or shades of it) for everything. I have a jillion purple things.

  • June 27, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    I love shades of blue. My skin tone prevents wearing yellows or orange or most greens, and I have blue eyes, so I generally make things that make me look good (or at least not awful)

  • June 29, 2009 at 5:34 am

    My color choices are based on many things: color may catch my eye in the store, color of my wardrobe, who I am making the item for. I would LOVE to make this scarf!

  • June 29, 2009 at 9:35 am

    How wonderful that they asked you to design a CROCHET pattern for this new yarn. I sometimes print out the photo of a piece in black and white and decide what colors it suggests to me. The shape, the stitch pattern, or whatever color might look good in that style — or whatever color I'm thinking of at the moment.

  • June 29, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Great pattern, Amy. It's a real stand-out in the Spud & Chloe line.

  • June 29, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I hardly ever crochet these days because of the lack of interesting patterns. The scarf looks great! As for how I choose colors – it really depends on what I am making. If it is a sweater, I pick things which look well with my skintone. That rules out anything that is yellowish in tone. Mostly I look for interesting color combinations. I like strong jeweltones best.

    Happy upcoming birthday!

  • June 29, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I love bright jewel tone colors, purple, fuschia, green, blue and then bright yellow to contrast. Thanks for the contest and Happy Birthday! Debbie

  • June 30, 2009 at 8:30 am

    A lot of my crochet is for gifts, so I pick colors I think the recipient would like. If I'm making something for me, I love to play with the yarn in the store and try out different combinations until I find what looks right.

  • June 30, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I make color choices bases upon what makes me feel alive! I just go to whatever I am drawn to. Really. If the color inspires just by looking at it, then I know what ever I make with it will make the recipient feel wonderful. A beautiful cycle.

  • June 30, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I usually look for colors with the same undertone but beyond that it varies wildly. Sometimes I want colors at the opposite end of the wheel and sometimes I want the colors to share a common base. It also depends on who I am making it for…their favorites.

  • July 6, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Great choice on the color combo! It make the pattern absolutely joyous! You can't help but smile looking at that scarf.

  • July 6, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    i lean towards purples, greens, pinks and all the shades of each.

  • July 7, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Great choice on the color combo! It make the pattern absolutely joyous! You can't help but smile looking at that scarf.

  • July 7, 2009 at 4:14 am

    i lean towards purples, greens, pinks and all the shades of each.

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