There is a lot to love about knitting, but color tops our list. Color makes the process of knitting exciting (if you don’t believe me, try knitting with a skein of self-striping yarn!) and lets you be the captain of your wardrobe ship. You can express yourself with a bright pair of socks. You can churn out handknits in your favorite, statement color. Or you can experiment with bold accessory pieces that challenge a neutral wardrobe. Of course, you can choose a self-striping yarn, variegated, or speckled colorway to achieve your color, but don’t discount solid colorways. You can create your own color palette, use one bright color on its own, or even hold two strands together to create a one-of-a-kind marled look. To help you embrace color, we’ve chosen four patterns that inspire you to get creative and even a bit wild with your color choices!

Breezy Baby Cardi by Heather Walpole

Part of Ewe Ewe Yarn’s Quick + Easy free pattern collection, this one-color, double breasted cardigan is knit up with 2-3 skeins of bulky weight yarn. For optimal results, choose a rich and playful colorway of Ewe Ewe’s Baa Baa Bulky and pair with contrasting buttons. Worked flat and from the bottom up, this cardigan is sized to fit little ones from size newborn to 24-months.

Madeleva by Crystal Hiatt

Combine two contrasting colorways to create this Moebius style cowl that is one half solid stockinette and one half stranded colorwork. The double sided piece (it’s knit like a tube) hides the floats while offering extra warmth. Knit this cowl with 550-560 yards of DK weight yarn. And if you can’t decide on colors, consider picking up a kit from Heidi & Lana.

Safe at Home Blanket by Margaret Holzmann

Who doesn’t need a colorful, oversized blanket in their home? Especially one with lots of homes! Grab a bunch of colors (leftovers are great!) of Aran weight yarn and work up rows of houses that you will seam together to make the blanket. What better way to remember this time in our lives where we apart but together.

Scrappily Ever After Socks by Doreen Blask

Grab those sock scraps that you’ve been saving for a rainy day and cast on these Scrappily Ever After Socks. Knit from the top-down and with a short row heel these socks are equal parts colorful and nostalgia. Make them with leftover pieces from other socks and it’s like you’re wearing all your favorite socks at the same time.