How to Choose Afghan Colors

Knitting or crocheting your own afghan is one of the greatest accomplishments you can have. It takes a lot of skill to be able to put such a beautiful piece together. Afghan patterns come in all shapes and sizes along with different stitches. You can also choose any color you wish too. There are so many colored skeins out there whether you’re looking for solid colored yarn or multi-colored, there is something for everyone.

Making an afghan for your home really adds to the decor. Let’s say you want an afghan for yourself that you know you’re going to keep in your living room. What color walls do you have? Do you have plain white walls, colored walls or textured? If you have plain white walls you might want to choose a multi-colored yarn so it will add some color and detail to your room. If your walls are brightly colored then you might want to stick with a solid color so it won’t get too crazy in there.

If you’re wanting to make a ripple afghan it would be neat to choose more than one color that way your pattern will stick out more easily. If you’re making an afghan for a baby then soft colors are more appropriate. You usually don’t see very bold colors for babies. For girls you usually see a light pale pink and for boys a light baby blue color. Yellow can be used for a boy or girl as it’s a neutral color.

This Classic Ripple Afghan uses a few different colors and it looks great. It allows you to see the zig zag pattern. Choosing your yarn colors for an afghan is really all about you and your taste. Afghans truly are a home decor piece so you can choose your colors according to your home’s design.

If you know you want your afghan to be more than one color but you just can’t decide what would look good together then check out a color wheel. These are charts that easily tell you what colors best fit each other. Contrasting colors are directly across from each other on the wheel whereas if you’re looking for something unusual you can choose colors of the same value. Each color is labeled with a number on the color wheel, so you can just choose the same number for a unique afghan.

You can also choose your afghan colors according to your mood and style. If you’re a cheerful person then you can use a yellow color. If you’re passionate, you can go with red. Blues are usually soothing and calming while greens can be cool or vibrant. Get to know your inner-self and start making your afghan.


  1. Blair Chavis says

    Recently, I have been wanting to learn how to knit and was faced with a similar color dilemma when I went to the craft store. It never occurred to me, though it should have, that colors can be conceived according to one’s home decor. I appreciate that this article gave a comprehensive explanation of how to think about color.

  2. Dottie Wilcox says

    I keep all scraps of my left over yarns in a big plastic bin. After I have finished all the jobs for this years Christmas gifts, I am putting all the yarns on my bed. Then lining them up with colors that go together. I then just double crochet until the yarn has runs out and then start the next one. You see, I had put the top of the yarn in the bottom of the container with the bottom one the cover will be at the head of the bed. Last time I did this in just rows. If I couldn’t make it thru the next row, I pulled it back to the beinning of the row. Then started the new color. This time I’m continuing until I use the color all up. As my granddaughter had asked for a blanket of yarn, her Mother is getting a cover of yarn. Doubt if it’ll be this year unless I get lucky. You all have a great day.

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