When you reminded us that the knitalong for Mary Jane Mucklestone’s designs in Field Guide No. 17: Lopi is starting next Monday, March 22, I went into a small-to-medium-sized panic.
I really want my knitalong project to be the Daytripper Cardigan, which has been in my dreams since Mary Jane first mentioned it as we planned the designs for the Field Guide.
But I was stuck on colors. The Daytripper Cardigan, what with its Icelandic-style patterned yoke and its contrasting cuffs and bands, calls for 6 colors of Léttlopi, which we carry in 38 colors. Too much choice! And it really seems important to nail it on the color choices, so that the yoke pops. The placement of the individual colors matters, too. Too little contrast, and some of the magic dissipates.
Beloved MDK contributor, designer Jen Geigley, rescued me. Jen is knitting a Daytripper Cardigan for herself, and made a sketch to help choose and place her colors.
Here’s Jen’s colored-in Daytripper, shown with contrasting bands and edgings:
…and with slight placement change, and matching bands and edgings.
What a difference! And how cool to be able to see that difference so clearly, instead of trying to imagine it.
Note: Jen stripped down the Léttlopi colors for her Daytripper to four instead of six: Black Heather as the main color, and Oatmeal, Ash and Rust for the colorwork motifs.
The Crayolas Come Out
I love coloring!
I got out my trusty circa-2005 colored pencils, which somehow survived the great culling of my kids’ childhood art supplies a couple of years ago. I then stared at the Léttlopi palette on my phone, and got to it.
Bliss! My inner child was filled with joy, and my outer adult was chuffed to be getting these decisions made so I can get my yarn ordered in time to start my Daytripper Cardigan.
Drawings from Jen
Scrounge up some colored pencils and join me!
Jen Geigley graciously granted permission to share her drawings. Just click on the PDF links below to print out the two versions:
Jen advises that the PDF can be downloaded onto an iPad and colored digitally in ProCreate, or printed out and colored in with colored pencils as I did.
Thank you, Jen!
Other Strategies for Coloring in Your Daytripper
If you’re flummoxed about picking colors, here are four more strategies to stop waffling and start knitting.
- Knit the sample. Mary Jane Mucklestone is a fantastic colorist, and the photography sample sings. If by chance we are out of a color you need, the broad Léttlopi palette provides lots of close shades to substitute. You can find the original colors and quantities in the Field Guide, and also in the Ravelry listing here.
- Be a copycat. The Daytripper Cardigan is such a fast knit that there are beautiful examples popping up every day, on Ravelry, on Instagram, and in the MDK Lounge. Check early and often, and especially after the knitalong starts on Monday—we’ve just begun to knit!
- Check out our suggested Daytripper colorways here. Like them, but you’re not sure? Color them into Jen’s drawing, and see how they look.
- Phone a friend—ask the friendly knitters in the MDK Lounge.
What did I finally decide? I’m not sure—but I’m getting there.