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1 Apr

Leonie Morgan on Creating a Bold Color Palette and Book & Yarn Giveaway

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Today we have an excellent guest blog post from author Leonie Morgan. Her new book 100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet: Dozens of Mix and Match Combos and Fabulous Projects is filled with cheery granny squares in bright, eye-popping colors. Below she shows you how nature inspires her color choices when she crochets and for crafters who are a little intimidated by color, gives advice for how to construct a bold palette. Leonie also includes a link to a Pinterest board she created that displays a collection of wonderful crochet projects that provide color inspiration for her.


We are surrounded by color every waking moment. There is so much inspiration around us! I take inspiration from absolutely anything and everything.

Here's a holiday photograph I took in Norway.

Here’s a holiday photograph I took in Norway.


I love the colors in the picture, the contrast of blues and reds with touches of yellow and white. Using some of the colors in the photograph, I have planned the color combination of my next crochet project.

Aren't the colors lovely and so wonderfully evocative of my holiday!

The colors are beautiful and so wonderfully evocative of my holiday!


I love choosing color combinations for new projects – I get giddy with excitement. There are so many colors to choose from, so where do you start?  Here are some things to keep in mind:

A mixture of light and dark colors provides plenty of interest. Too many dark colors can look flat and too many light colors can look faded. Mixing light and dark colors will boost the contrast of your color palette, adding punch and interest. Don’t forget neutrals, such as, gray, cream, black, and white. I tend to choose palettes with a light, a dark, and a middle shade. Even though the three colors may be completely different or shades of the same color, the light or dark value is as important as the color. As an example, picture a beautiful tree decked in green leaves. It may seem that the leaves are all just green, but when you look closer, you can see a whole range of greens from the very palest tint of green, to deep, dark, shady greens. Our eye is drawn to contrasts so it’s good to keep in mind that a mixture of lights and darks will look the most stunning.

There are handy tools online for picking color combinations. Browse the Pantone website for current color trends, try a color theme generator, or browse through photographs on Flickr and Pinterest. Here is a Pinterest board I created of other people’s crochet work that I absolutely love!

Ultimately, color is a hugely personal thing. One person’s favorite color can be someone else’s most hated color! The truth to color choice is that there is no right or wrong, it’s all relative and my best advice is to just go for it! Mix colors you love to your heart’s content and see what you come up with. You can always make a test square to doublecheck your choices. Remember: Rules are meant to be broken!


Like what you see? We’re giving away a copy of Leonie’s fabulous book, plus two skeins of Vanna’s Choice yarn to two lucky winners. To enter to win, please leave a comment below telling us your go-to color combo (also we’d love you to sign up for our newsletter at the top-right of this page). Please only one comment per person and, sorry, but this contest is for U.S. and Canadian citizens only. This giveaway will run from April 1 — April 11 and two winners will be chosen at random using on Friday, April 12. Good luck!

100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet book and yarn giveaway



Congratulations to Sarah H. and Patty, the winners of our book and yarn giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who entered and for the overwhelming response! Check back again soon for more giveaways!


I'm an assistant editor at St. Martin's Press. I caught the crafting bug when I was little and I wouldn't let my parents leave the store without buying me a crafting kit---any crafting kit! I wove baskets, folded origami, made jewelry, and painted glass. I'm an avid, but impatient knitter, so I'm always choosing projects that I can finish over a weekend. I also love to cook and bake. When I'm not working in the office working on craft books, my weekend consists of , well...making something with my hands. I'm usually scouring whatever's fresh at the farmer's market or food co-op, trying out new recipes, and working on my latest craft project.

22 comments on “Leonie Morgan on Creating a Bold Color Palette and Book & Yarn Giveaway
  1. Brenda B. says:

    My favorite colors are shades of purple and white!

  2. Breehan Lucchesi says:

    I love red with aqua. I sometimes throw in some white, yellow, spring green, and/or chocolate brown — but it all starts with the red and aqua for me!

  3. Geraldine Scott says:

    Any pastel or bright color combo…pink and green being my favorite!

  4. Cindy kane says:

    I tend to go to reds and yellows, which look wonderful together. Of course their are so many more great color combos, endless choices.

  5. I love any shade of purple, but I also like unusual color combinations like bright pink & aqua.

  6. Pamela says:

    I love using neutral colors and with a surprising pop of colors. A palette of greys (light and dark) add some white then a pop of neon green. I just love playing with colors!

  7. Mandy P says:

    All shades of purple and brown!! Using a combination of both is very pretty, and natural looking. 🙂

  8. Barbara says:

    I tend to chose either complimentary blues or the combination of a neutral earthtone with aqua or rose.

    Either way its a win-win for the gift recipient!

  9. Connie Kline says:

    My favorite color combo is a group of jewel colors, especially sapphire blue with deep burgundy. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. Melissa Vink says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.
    Those granny squares look amazing…so cheerful, bright, and beautiful!! I love purple mixed with turquoise, yellow, magenta, andngrey. As well as some other colours that I can’t think of at the moment.
    Gorgeous, and thanks again!

  11. Michael R says:

    Thank you for the chance to win.

    I like blues and greens together.

  12. Patty says:

    I love blues & yellow. Thanks for the give-away!

  13. Grace Herron says:

    I love bright green with dark brown. Thanks!

  14. Jennifer Essad says:

    I am always drawn to a more muted color, greys and fushcia’s-thank you for offering this contest, granny squares were what I first made while learning to crochet. I love the endless designs we can make w/them.

  15. Jessica Staley-Carroll says:

    I really like variegated yarns, mostly in reds and blues.

  16. Debbie Weishaar says:

    I love blues and purples but I also like variegated colors.

  17. Ginger Bell says:

    I love purple, antique rose, dusty purple and linen.

  18. Angela Taury says:

    Love the jewel tones, dark purples and teals. Pretty much any shade of purple is a fave!

  19. April Kackley says:

    I love all the colors but my faves are burgandy,pink,and plum.

  20. Sarah H says:

    I think that blues and greens always go well together, especially bright shades.

  21. Blanca Sinues says:

    Please, How may I buy the book?. I love very much crochet and particularly granny squares. Bst regards

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