Saturday, September 10, 2022

Blocks in Many Colors

I may have gotten a little carried away trying out different color combinations for my Baby Blocks pattern. The color scheme I have in the pattern uses a medium and dark version of a main color along with white, but there are so many more options. Hopefully this can provide you with inspiration for your own version.

hand knit abc 123 foam blocks on a shelf in many colors

Examples of color schemes

These blocks are variations on the colors in the pattern- white and a light and dark version of the same color.

hand knit abc 123 foam blocks in green, blue, purple, pink and white

I also followed this pattern with neutrals.

hand knit abc 123 foam blocks in the neutrals black, gray, brown and white

Here is a lighter version of the color scheme in the pattern. Along with the white, I just used light and medium versions of the colors instead of medium and dark. I like this version. It's slightly toned down, but the letters and numbers are still easy to read.

hand knit abc 123 foam blocks in light blue, light pink and white

Here are the two pink versions.

hand knit abc 123 foam blocks in pink and white

And here are the blues. I tried a third version using light blue instead of white and a medium and dark blue as the other colors.

hand knit abc 123 foam blocks in blue and white

I tried more versions without white. These ones are different pastel shades. Using colors that are closer to the same value means the letters and numbers don't show up as boldly. More on this below.

hand knit abc 123 foam blocks in pastel green, blue, purple, pink and yellow

Here are more blocks that don't use white. Many of the letters show up better in these versions because there is a wide range in the values of the three colors. 

hand knit abc 123 foam blocks in green, blue, pink, yellow, red

Here are some more color combinations that lean more towards the masculine side.

hand knit abc 123 foam blocks in masculine colors, navy blue, gray, white, green, blue, yellow, white, red

Here are some color combinations that are more feminine.

hand knit abc 123 foam blocks in feminine colors pastel green, blue, purple, pink, white

And here are some that are more gender neutral.

hand knit abc 123 foam blocks in gender neutral colors, pastel blue, green, yellow, teal white, gray


Tips for choosing colors

-Think about your recipient. Do they like brighter colors? Or do they prefer pastels? Would they like colors traditionally considered feminine or masculine or would they rather have something gender neutral? What colors would match their decor?

-Consider the value of each color. Value is how light or dark a color is. A good way to check this is to use the camera on your phone set to a black and white setting to look at the colors you are considering. 

These two images show how the original color scheme in the pattern uses different values to create lots of contrast. The white is extremely light, then there is a medium value and a dark value version of the main color. The letters show up clearly and are easy to read.

hand knit abc 123 foam blocks in green, blue, purple, pink and whitegrayscale version of hand knit abc 123 foam blocks in green, blue, purple, pink and white

These photos show how using colors with similar values makes the letters harder to see. In the black and white version of the photo, they almost disappear. I still like this version of the blocks. The are more subtle and may be a better fit for someone who doesn't like bold or bright. Just keep in mind that the letters and numbers won't show up as clearly as with the different value colors.

hand knit abc 123 foam blocks in pastel green, blue, purple, pink and yellowgrayscale version of hand knit abc 123 foam blocks in pastel green, blue, purple, pink and yellow

It can be difficult to compare values without looking at a black and white version of them. Many of these colors look similarly bright in the color photo. None of them use white, but they all have a lighter value color, a medium value and a darker value. The letters are mostly pretty easy to read.

hand knit abc 123 foam blocks in green, blue, pink, yellow, redgrayscale version of hand knit abc 123 foam blocks in green, blue, pink, yellow, red

-While white is great for high contrast with other colors, if the blocks will be played with quite a bit (rather than used as decorations) it may get dirty. The yarn I used is superwash wool, so it can be washed, but stains may be difficult to remove. I recommend using a washable yarn for any project made for babies or children. 

Have fun choosing your own colors!

If you'd rather purchase the finished product, I have added these blocks to my Etsy shop. 


 

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