A Quick Color How-To: Five Minutes With Franklin Habit

It’s just about time to gear up for this year’s gift making. And when it comes to knit gifts, we know that the colors can make all the difference! That’s why we sat down with knitwear designer Franklin Habit for a quick color Q&A.

Read on for Franklin’s two cents on choosing the perfect hues for the ones we love.

What’s rewarding about knitting a gift?

Franklin Habit on Knitting Gifts

When you’re knitting for someone else, how much does color come into play?

Oh, I think intensely about the color. I try to recognize that for the recipient, their idea of lovely colors or their idea of suitable colors can be very different from my own.

I know it might sound really simplistic, but I think it’s important: If the person is extremely fond of purple and you don’t like purple, reach for purple first. The gift is supposed to be about the recipient and not the knitter. You can also look to their clothes for cues.

If you had to be three go-to, gift-ready color combos, what would you pick?

For the recipient who’s scared of color, I would use a creamy tan, a cool gray and a rust red.

Red-Cream-Gray Collage

Cloudborn Superwash Merino Worsted Twist Yarn shown in Autumn Heather, Taupe Heather and Charcoal Heather 

For the person who is classic and timeless, I would do a Norwegian stranded–inspired palette of red, black and white.

Red-White-Black Collage

Cloudborn Superwash Merino Fingering Yarn shown in Black, Ivory and Scarlet

And for the person who is very into the cutting edge, I would pick a brilliant blue, a salmon pink, black and canary yellow. That’s for someone who’s very fashion-forward and confident!

Bright Color Yarn Collage

Cloudborn Highland DK Yarn shown in Petal, Navy, Maize Heather and Black

What colors are particularly trendy this year?

I do think that the tendency toward brilliant, saturated colors seems to be continuing. But that might just be wishful thinking on my part… Chicago winters are very long, very drab and very devoid of rich color — so that’s what I crave.

Any advice for spicing up those neutrals?

If you want to make sure it doesn’t look too dull, go for a second color and make that color something brilliant and pure — like a bright purple or a fire-engine red. That usually gives a combination excitement without risking going over the top.


Is there anything else you want to tell our knitters before they get started?

Play with different colors before you launch into a full-on project. That’s where you find the happy surprises. They take a gift that would have been ho-hum and make it extremely memorable.

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One Response to “A Quick Color How-To: Five Minutes With Franklin Habit”
  1. Terry Neal
    Terry Neal

    Would love to view the Craftsy Class Franklin has on here “Color”, but even with a Gold me membership it is locked unless i purchase. Maybe someday it will be available?