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Online Class

A Practical Approach to Color for Knitters

Choose the perfect combination of colors for your projects every time! Discover which hues play well together, what bonds them and which guidelines you can rely on for success.

What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including color guides and patterns for the Blips Cowl and Bubble Beanie, designed for this class!
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom
  • Closed captioning available (web only)


Whether it's yarn from your stash or the store, choose your hues with confidence and savvy! Join designer Franklin Habit and learn basic color concepts to bring out the full potential of your beautiful projects. During class, you'll learn a speedy, efficient method of swatching, so you can try out yarn color combinations on the fly. Wondering which color families look good together? Franklin will demonstrate the bonds between colors and help you choose the combinations that really speak to you. Then, you'll find out how to create new variations with yarns that are already in your stash and discover ground rules you can rely on when working with similar colors. Plus, you'll receive two colorful patterns, a color wheel and a value scale to help you hone your skills!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Color Confidence
Designer Franklin Habit shares his journey through color, from a childhood of neutrals to an understanding of the full palette of choices available to knitters. He'll teach you an efficient and speedy method of swatching that will help you evaluate how your yarns work together.
2. Color Tools & Color Harmonies
3. Temperature & Chroma
4. Value & Dominance
5. Avoiding Inbred Color Schemes
6. Beyond The Color Wheel
7. Applying Color Theory to Projects

Recommended with this class

  • 10-12 similar-weight yarns in a variety of solid or semi-solid colors. These can be full or partial balls, whatever odds and ends you have in your stash
  • 16" (40 cm) circular needle in a size appropriate for your yarn
  • Worsted-weight yarn in three colors for the cowl and beanie projects

Taught by

Franklin Habit
Franklin Habit
Designer and teacher Franklin Habit is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008) and has been a regular columnist for both Lion Brand and Knitty. He is also the proprietor of one of the web's most popular knitting blogs, The Panopticon, where readers worldwide drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons and the continuing adventures of Dolores the Sheep.