I have knit two more swatches to look at different colour options for my new project. (See my last post for info, although I have been purposely vague regarding the pattern). Here is Swatch #3:
And here is Swatch # 4:
This now gives me a total of four swatches to decide from:
Clockwise from top left, this gives us:
- Swatch #1. 4 colours: navy, cream, light blue and red; flowers in white with red centres
- Swatch #2. 5 colours: navy, cream, beige, light blue and red; flowers in light blue with red centres
- Swatch #3. 3 colours: navy, cream and red; flowers in white with red centres
- Swatch #4. 5 colours: navy, cream, mustard, green and light blue; flowers in light blue with white centres
I have a total of seven shades of the yarn (Gilliat de rerum natura), and there are at least 6 design elements (given that the background will be navy). This makes for many, many more combinations of possible colours. I have still not decided what I want, but I am tired of swatching. I want to get on to the sweater knitting!
I think that if I were to order these swatches from best to worst (for me), I would say: 3, 2, 4, and 1. I find Swatch #1 feels a bit too childlike, Swatch #2 is pretty nice although subtle, Swatch # 3 is pretty good and almost nails it but still seems a bit stark to me, and Swatch # 4 is very interesting but gives a totally different “feel” to it. Swatch # 3 feels Norwegian to me, while Swatch # 4 feels rather Central American.
It has been many years since I have indulged in this level of swatching. The last time was for my beautiful sweater Ormolu, which I blogged about here (way back in 2013). Here is a photo which shows off it’s beautiful colourwork:
and here is a photo of the swatches I made:
What to do now? Well, I am thinking very positively of making the sweater in a cross between Swatch #3 and Swatch #2. It would involve basically using the colour plan for Swatch #2, but switching out the middle pattern (the 3-row horizontal bar) so that it was in red with blue accents. Choices, choices….