I don’t know if you’ve noticed yet, but I really like to knit with a lot of color. People laugh when I say rainbows are my neutrals, but it’s true. Color uplifts my mood and I’ve even found it uplifts my students too. When I walk into a classroom wearing a rainbow sweater, they can’t help but smile.
I have a bundle of favorites on Ravelry of patterns that I can make with two or more colors. I’m also obsessed with two-color brioche, and I try to convert everyone I know to learn it. I thought this month I’d pick a few brioche patterns and a few easier slipped stitch patterns that will help you explore using more color in your knitting.
Inkwell by Alice Caetano
Photo courtesy of amirisu.
Inkwell looks complex but it’s not. The grid is a slipped stitch pattern, so if you’re a little intimidated by brioche, try this as an alternative. Even though the sample is knit in black and white, why not replace the black with a variegated yarn? Go for a bold pop of color and pair it with a neutral so it’s not too much color overload your first time.
Mabel’s Sister by Fiona Alice
Photo by Kristin perers for Loop London. photo courtesy of loop london.
This swing cardigan by Fiona Alice moved up to the top of my favorites list the moment I saw it. Again, another slipped stitch pattern that looks more intricate than the knitting actually is and allows you to play with color. I’d knit this with olive as the main body color and then a vibrant hot pink or red as the secondary accent color, so you could still consider it a pretty neutral piece.
Vitamin B by Simone Kereit
Photo by Simone Kereit.
If you’re a brioche newbie or a bit scared, the Vitamin B pullover is the perfect starter piece. Just a touch of brioche on the sides as a nice accent to a simple pullover. You can dip your toe into brioche and add a fun pop of color to the side of the knits. Think of a solid gray sweater with a sunny yellow brioche pop for fun.
La Brioheme by Lesley Anne Robinson
Photo by Lesley Anne Robinson.
If you’re more confident with your two-color brioche skills, this is the sweater for you. I’ve knit it twice, once for myself and once for my cousin. You start by knitting a brioche strip for the hem and then knit from the bottom up. It’s a fun construction that keeps you engaged but allows you to explore and play with fun color options.
Pretty Things Poncho by Lavanya Patricella
Photo by Lavanya Patricella.
If you’re really into brioche, might I suggest the Pretty Things Poncho? I know technically it’s not a sweater, but with the double fabric brioche stitches make, this is going to be warmer than any other knit in your closet. Added bonus, it is worsted weight and will work up quickly.
In the MDK Shop
Talk about an electric color combination and a fun knit!
Be bold with color choices for your next sweater and you’ll always smile when you wear it.
All photos used with permission.