Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Caron Simply Soft Colors Palette

By Sharon R. Lee


I love the Caron Simply Soft Colors Palette. It's a great way to get started with colorwork and it lets you explore new colors without committing to a large amount of yarn or spending too much money.

Plus, there are so many options within this palette that it can be used for just about any project! In this post, we'll look at how you can use this palette specifically for making a pattern that involves multiple colors (i.e., stripes or colorwork).

Consider the season.

When you are choosing colors for your project, consider the season. Warm colors are better suited for winter projects and cool colors work well for summer projects. Bright colors will make you feel like you’re on vacation in the summer heat, but darker colors can make you feel gloomy in winter.

If it is cold outside and your project needs to be more comforting by nature of being made out of wool or cotton yarns, think about how many shades of gray or black would look good before deciding on a brown or reddish-brown shade.

Prepare the yarn by knitting a swatch.

You'll need to knit a gauge swatch. This means that you need to measure four inches of stockinette stitch with your chosen yarn, in the size needle that you plan on using for your project. To do this, cast on 16 stitches and work in stockinette stitch (one row knit, one row purl).

After four inches / 10 cm have been knitted, measure the stitches across the top edge (not including any selvage stitches) and then count how many rows were knitted over that distance; this is your gauge measurement.

Note: If measuring yourself or someone else's hand as part of a project (such as mittens), use their actual finger size rather than knitting an entire blanket or sweater glove!

Use this color palette to make simple colorwork patterns.

A color wheel is a handy tool that can help you choose colors for your knitting.

A color wheel contains the three primary colors (red, yellow, and blue), and six additional hues created by mixing them together: orange, green, violet/purple, brown/beige/tan/gray (which may vary depending on how light or dark your yarn is), black and white.

If you're able to remember these basic facts about color theory that primary colors are red-orange-yellow-white and secondary colors are green-violet/purple-brown/tan gray you'll be well on your way to choosing a great palette! 

By using your knowledge of how these primaries mix together in order to create tertiary ones like lilac or brownish reds like ochre or sienna; it'll help guide you through choosing good combinations for any project!

Use this color palette to make a striped pattern.

A striped pattern is a great way to use this color palette. Stripes can be made with different colors and different numbers of colors, and they can even be made using different methods.

In the example above, we used six colors: Caron Simply Soft Light Blue, Caron Simply Soft Pink, Caron Simply Soft Luster White, Caron Simply Soft Black, Caron Simply Soft Red Heart Super Saver Lavender (or any other similar light purple), and Red Heart Super Saver Cherry Red (or any other similar red).

The stripe pattern is created by alternating two rows of four stitches each with one row of three stitches each. For example:

Row 1: sc in second ch from hook; dc in next ch; hdc in next ch; trbptr around last 2 sts from previous row - working from left to right; trbptr around first st from previous row - working from right to left; trbptr around last st from previous row - working from left to right again (you now have 3 sts on hook); pull through all 3 sts together to join them into 1 stitch at end of round; turn work (90 degrees clockwise)

Gradient yarns in this palette can be used for projects like scarves, shawls and blankets.

Gradient yarns are available in many different colors, and they can be used to make projects like scarves, shawls and blankets. These specialty yarns are made by knitting with a continuous strand of yarn.

Gradient yarn does not have to be worked in a round or flat piece; it can also be used for simple colorwork patterns. For example, if you wanted to knit a scarf where one end is darker than the other end of your scarf (like a rainbow), then you would use gradient yarn instead of several regular balls of Caron Simply Soft Colors Palette.

Be careful about striping methods and how they affect color changes.

It's important to remember that there are a lot of different ways to achieve the same result, but you don't want to sacrifice your overall design by making some of these common mistakes. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Striping patterns should have a consistent number of stitches.

  • Striping patterns should have a consistent number of rows.

  • Striping patterns should have a consistent number of colors (no repeats).

  • Striping pattern should have a consistent color change (no odd or uneven numbers).

  • Stripe pattern should not contain more than two different yarns at once (one strand is fine).

These colors can be used for lots of different kinds of projects, depending on which colors you use together and what sort of pattern or technique you use.

Caron Simply Soft Colors is a great collection of colors to choose from when you're looking for inspiration. You can use these colors to take your knitting and crochet projects to the next level, or use them as a starting point by combining different colors and patterns together.

For example, if you want your project to be warm and cozy, consider using the reds with blues or purples! Or maybe you want your project to feel like summertime?

Try mixing in some bright yellows with some oranges. If stripes are more up your alley, then mix in some browns and whites for an old-school look (or even add some lavender for an extra touch!).

Whatever color or combination you choose will truly depend on what type of yarn or needle size is used—you could even use Caron Simply Soft Colors as a base color before going overtop with other colors!

Conclusion

We hope that this information has been helpful for you, and we look forward to seeing all your projects! We’re sure there are many more tips out there that we haven’t covered here. If you have any to share, please let us know in the comments below!


Sharon R. Lee

About the author

Hi There! I'm Lee. Welcome to A Pretty Fix, a home DIY blog about making your home colorful, decorating, and helping colors ideas and fun. Here you'll find ideas, tips, and inspiration to live life more colorfully and beautifully. Hope you stick around!

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