Agave: Inspiration & Color Play

I’m delighted that our next Berroco knit-along is Agave, the yoke pullover I designed for booklet #360 Folk Art. For this collection, the design team was inspired by the bold colors and style of artist Frida Kahlo. Amy gave me this photo to interpret into a yoke sweater.

 

 

You can see that I translated the colorful, eye-catching collar in the photo pretty literally in my design:

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I loved the look of those turquoise triangles and all that graphic interest at the top of the sweater, framing the face.

For our Agave KAL, I’ll be knitting one for myself in the original colors, but I can imagine this combination might not be for everyone, so Ashley and I knitted up some swatches in some other combinations of Fuji and Captiva, the yarns used in the design. In most cases, we used fewer colors than the original – you only need one hank of each of the contrast colors used in the yoke pattern, so this leaves you with a lot of freedom to play around with different combinations.

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This is an earthy version, using Fuji #9203 (Sandy) for the body main color and the triangles, and Fuji #9247 (Pacific) for the yoke background color. For other contrast colors, I used Fuji #9230 (Cricket) and Captiva #5541 (Seedling), #5547 (Fig) and #5506 (Bronze).

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Here is a bold, colorful version using Fuji #9201 (Snowcap) for the body main color and Fuji #9238 (Stormcloud) for the yoke background color. The contrast colors are Fuji #9279 (Blood Orange) and Captiva #5501 (Venetian Lace), #5557 (Thistle), #5559 (Tidepool) and #5555 Coral.

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This version is very warm, with Fuji #9203 (Sandy) as the body main color and Fuji #9232 Cedar for the yoke background color. Fuji #9250 (Poppy) and Captiva #5544 (Papaya Whip) and #5555 Coral are the contrasting colors.

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Finally, on the opposite end of the color wheel, we have this cool version, with Captiva #5556 (Vapor) as the body main color and Fuji #9264 (Lavender) as the yoke background color. The contrast colors are Fuji #9280 (Deep Sea) and Captiva #5512 (Aqua), #5534 (Notte) and #5500 (Bianca).

I hope these swatches gave you some inspiration for your own Agave sweater! Stay tuned for a post from Ashley later this week where she reveals the additional modifications she’s making to her own Agave.

Don’t forget to join our KAL!

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