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Paintbox Yarns – colour combination ideas

It’s been a while since I’ve taken some time out to have a play with colours; often it involves me putting a whole bundle of yarn on our bed and organising them into colours that I think work well. It’s such a fun thing to do, even if there’s no purpose, it’s just fun. Disclaimer: I have to work hard not to just throw myself into all the gorgeous colours, stop whatever else it is I need to do and make something immediately with all the colours. I digress!

When LoveKnitting sent me a bundle of newly-launched Paintbox Yarns I knew it was the perfect opportunity to have a play. Paintbox Yarns launched with 60 shades in four lines, DK, aran, chunky and cotton. In this post I’ve focused on the DK collection, but note there are a couple of exceptions.

So, without further ado, here are some ideas for how you could combine Paintbox Yarn shades.


Paintbox Yarns colour combination ideas. Post via This Little Space of Mine


1. Dark Aubergine, Pansy Purple, Dusty Lilac, Pale Lilac and Paper White. I’ve changed my mind about purple; while it used to be a colour I wasn’t hugely inspired by, since making these purple flowers I’ve had a change of heart. The contrast of the darker shade versus light brings a cosy warmth to it that works really well. I could see these five shades being made into a gorgeous stripy cardigan, or jumper, for a little girl.


Paintbox Yarns colour combination ideas. Post via This Little Space of Mine


2. Soft Fudge, Melon Sorbet (chunky), Mustard Yellow, Pistachio Green and Paper White. These collective colours spring to mind a meadow for me; you’ve got the harvest light brown, with the Pistachio Green and, to bring it all together, the sunshine warmth from the Melon Sorbet (chunky) and Mustard Yellow shades. I think this could make for a super cosy blanket for that autumn cuddles on the sofa or spring picnic.


Paintbox Yarns colour combination ideas. Post via This Little Space of Mine


3. Coffee Bean, Midnight Blue, Red Wine, Sky Blue and Pure Black. I’m going to call this primary colour madness – and I say that with a smile on my face. The Midnight Blue and Red Wine shades really caught my eye, so I’ve teamed them up with the Coffee Bean and Pure Black to bring it to life. I’ve then added the Sky Blue to soften the colour combinations. I could see these colours being used in a make for a little boy.


Paintbox Yarns colour combination ideas. Post via This Little Space of Mine


4. Slate Grey, Seafoam Blue, Mustard Yellow, Bright Peach (aran) and Banana Cream. Moving on from primary colours, I feel like this is an alternative version with a softer palette. The Slate Grey and Seafoam Blue looks great together and teaming it up with the Mustard Yellow looks great to me. Looking at this again, since photographing it, I think this has more work to be done to get the right combo but there’s definitely something great to work from. What do you think?


Paintbox Yarns colour combination ideas. Post via This Little Space of Mine


5. Stormy Grey, Blush Pink, Pistachio Green, Peach Orange and Banana Cream (chunky). I feel like this is the most feminine of colour collections in this post, what do you think? I built it from the Peach Orange and Banana Cream shades and then muted it with the Stormy Grey, Blush Pink and Pistachio Green to create a soft, spring time feel. I would love to make this into a blanket or similar; the Blush Pink and Pistachio Green especially warm my heart.

What do you think? Any standout colour schemes that catch your eye?

This is just the tip of the iceberg, so definitely go and check out Paintbox Yarns; I feel like there were hundreds more colour combinations I could’ve chosen so I may well be back soon with more ideas!

Thanks for reading, and do let me know if you have a favourite.

Leanne x

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A selection of Paintbox Yarns’ range was sent to me by LoveKnitting, but all opinions and excitement about yarn are my own.

Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn’s Special DK collection

Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve shared some yarn peg colour inspiration and so, with my best friends baby due next month, I thought I’d share with you some baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn‘s Special DK collection. I love playing with different colours and it was great fun to sit in the garden last week and put together different combinations to share with you. I’d also like to think my photos have improved since last time!


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection. Post from This Little Space of Mine


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn’s Special DK collection

Before I get started I should mention that I know there’s a lot of conversation about colour preferences for babies; some like gender neutral and hate stereotypes like girls in pink, some don’t like dark colours on babies, as two examples. I’m sure there are lots more. With that in mind, I’ve gone for some gender specific ideas, gender neutral ideas, brights and a little darker tones too. I hope there’s something for everyone and, let’s face it, that’s the joy of the Stylecraft Special DK range – there’s something for everyone!


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Duck Egg, Storm Blue, Sherbet, Cloud Blue and Silver. Post from This Little Space of Mine


1. Duck Egg, Storm Blue, Sherbet, Cloud Blue and Silver. Kicking off this post with a baby boy inspired colour scheme, thinking of my friend in mind as she’s expecting a boy. I’d avoided going for anything too bright here and instead focused on softer colours with the Storm Blue shade bringing it all together. Grey’s also work well with blue so I added in Silver, plus the Duck Egg shade has a blue/grey feel to it.


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Parma Violet, Soft Peach, Candyfloss, Apricot and Cream. Post from This Little Space of Mine


2. Parma Violet, Soft Peach, Candyfloss, Apricot and Cream. By complete contrast to the first idea, here’s a collection of colours with a baby girl in mind. I’ve again opted for soft colours, which are always popular for a baby, and I’ve added in a contrast in the Parma Violet shade. Looking back I’m not convinced it’s entirely worked and the Candyfloss and Soft Peach shades are the standout colours for me.


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Grass Green, Citron, Shrimp, Sunshine and Cloud Blue. Post from This Little Space of Mine


3. Grass Green, Citron, Shrimp, Sunshine and Cloud Blue. How about this for gender neutral? I love this collection and how bright it is. I feels like a safari or beach type collection of colours and I love how the colours work together. You’ve got Citron and Sunshine for the summer feeling, Grass Green for a grassy, woodland vibe and Cloud Blue and Shrimp for the seaside. I’m not sure it’d work for a winter baby, but for this time of year it’s an absolute winner and my favourite of the 5 ideas in this post.


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Parchment, Soft Peach, Cream, Duck Egg and Stone. Post from This Little Space of Mine


4. Parchment, Soft Peach, Cream, Duck Egg and Stone. I love this collection and feel like it’s a good middle ground between neutral and gender specific – with the inclusion of the Duck Egg and Soft Peach shades. The natural tones of these shades, with Stone and Parchment, feels cosy and suited to a newborn baby and there’s a vibe of the classic neapolitan ice cream about it. Certainly one of the softer collections in this post, this could be used for a baby gift all year round.


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Mustard, Lobelia, Fondant, Teal and Empire. Post from This Little Space of Mine


5. Mustard, Lobelia, Fondant, Teal and Empire. I’d say this feels like a more ‘grown up’ baby colour scheme. The colours are quite rich, as well as having a couple of bright tones in the Mustard and Fondant shades, but they’re balanced well with the other colours. The reason I like this collection of colours for a baby is because it feels warm, the warmth of the Lobelia and Teal especially stood out and this makes for a great gender neutral colour scheme. Plus, babies aside I want this is my home!

What do you think? Any standout colour schemes that catch your eye?

I should also mention that I chose Stylecraft Special DK (again) for this post because a) I love their range of colours but b) the yarn washes up really well, which is just what you need for a baby! In terms of where to buy it, there are lots of online and bricks and mortar shops that stock it though I tend to buy from Wool Warehouse as it’s affordable and their delivery is pretty quick!

If you fancy catching up on previous Stylecraft colour scheme posts, here are a couple of links you might like:

Thanks for reading, and do let me know if you have a favourite.

Leanne x

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Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn’s Special DK collection ‘Tomato’ shade

This week I’d planned to share some pattern ideas with you, but instead I thought I’d look at some final colour schemes for you – this time with Stylecraft Yarn’s ‘Tomato’ shade. If you fancy catching up on previous colour scheme ideas, I’ve listed the post links below for you.


Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK 'Tomato' shade - This Little Space of Mine


Onto ‘Tomato’ and I’ve got to ask – where did this new shade come from? Alongside the launch of the then limited edition packs, Tomato seemed to just appear out of nowhere! I don’t remember seeing a build up about it, just its arrival. That aside, obviously I wanted to get my hands on it as soon as I could.

Reds aren’t usually my kind of colours; you may have seen in previous posts that I love pinks and yellows and even blues – warmer colours, and red feels outside of my comfort zone. I don’t tend to wear red clothing either. So I knew this post would be a challenge – but playing with colours you wouldn’t normally work with has been part of the fun and I wanted to step outside the comfort zone and see how Tomato fits into the rest of Stylecraft’s collection.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn’s ‘Tomato’ shade

So here goes; in the following five ideas I’ve kept Tomato the constant but all other shades only appear once – I wanted to avoid repeating colours and use as many shades as I could.

1. Lipstick, Lime, Tomato, Storm Blue and Apricot. The first idea I put together; there was something about Storm Blue teamed with Apricot and Tomato that I really liked. It almost feels a bit Cath Kidston, don’t you think? Lipstick compliments the red of Tomato and I feel like Lime is also a good match for this shade (and I love green and pinks together!).

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK 'Tomato' shade - Lipstick, Lime, Tomato, Storm Blue and Apricot. This Little Space of Mine


2. Saffron, Spice, Tomato, Copper and Dark Brown. I love the rainbow affect of these colours together; it feels like they get darker as it progresses. Saffron and Spice is already a great combination so I was naturally drawn to those two with Tomato. Copper and Dark Brown add further warmth to this colour collection.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK 'Tomato' shade - Saffron, Spice, Tomato, Copper and Dark Brown. This Little Space of Mine


3. Cream, Gold, Tomato, Pistachio and Walnut. Like with Lime, as soon as I got my hands on Tomato I wanted to see how it worked with Gold; in all honesty not as well as I’d hoped, but then again once you add in Cream I quite like it. Plus the Walnut adds to it, as does Pistachio. Pistachio could also be swapped for a deeper green, but I like the lightness it adds to this collection of colours.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK 'Tomato' shade - Cream, Gold, Tomato, Pistachio and Walnut. This Little Space of Mine


4. Sunshine, Mustard, Tomato, Teal and Sage. This collection of colours feels closest to my comfort zone, I love how bright it is without being garish and I kind of like that Tomato almost clashes with the blue/green of Teal and Sage but works because of the combinations with the yellows of Sunshine and Mustard. Again, I think there’s a bit of a gradient going on here, which seems to work with the Tomato shade.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK 'Tomato' shade - Sunshine, Mustard, Tomato, Teal and Sage. This Little Space of Mine


5. Soft Peach, Bottle, Tomato, Silver and Claret. I realised recently that I really like Bottle, it’s so rich and when it’s combined with a red like Tomato or Claret it seems to come to life and add depth to the shade. Here Soft Peach and Silver soften the colours. For some reason I was desperate to combine Tomato with a grey shade; I tried Graphite but it didn’t seem to work, but I think Silver works when added alongside Claret and Bottle.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK 'Tomato' shade - Soft Peach, Bottle, Tomato, Silver and Claret. This Little Space of Mine


What do you think? Any favourites that spring to mind? Surprinsingly number two is my favourite, followed by four. While four are more ‘my’ colours, I struggle to think how it’d work as a blanket, cushion etc. Whereas two could be used in lots of ways.

Thank you for reading – I hope this gives you some ideas for how to use Stylecraft’s newest colour! See you next week for some crafty ideas on how to put these colours to good use…

Leanne x

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Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn’s Special DK collection (part 2)

Hello, how are you? Today I’m excited to share with you the third part of my series looking at Stylecraft Yarn and their (not so limited) 10 new colours. In case you missed it, here are links to the previous posts:


Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - This Little Space of Mine


To recap, the 10 new colours are, from left to right, Pistachio, Kelly Green, Empire, Boysenberry, Lobelia, Cypress, Fuchsia Purple, Grass Green, Mustard and Duck Egg.


A first look at Stylecraft's limited edition yarn pack, plus a few colour combinations for your knitting and crochet projects - This Little Space of Mine


As I promised, In today’s post I’m sharing 5 more Stylecraft Yarn’s colour schemes, all featuring a brand new Stylecraft colour.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn

Today’s colour schemes feature Boysenberry, Kelly Green, Cypress, Empire, Mustard and Grass Green.

1. Midnight, Fondant, Boysenberry, Kelly Green, Saffron, Spice and Claret. The variety of these colours is a winner for me; there’s blue, green, pink, yellow, orange and even a bit of red. The Kelly Green shade brings it all together; Midnight, Fondant and Boysenberry are great together, as are Saffron, Spice and Claret.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Midnight, Fondant, Boysenberry, Kelly Green, Saffron, Spice and Claret. This Little Space of Mine


2. Storm Blue, Grape, Cypress, Stone, Meadow and Sage. This one certainly challenged me; I’m often drawn to pinks and bright colours, so thinking up a combination for Cypress took some time! I like to think of this as grown up and actually, now I look at it, I like this colour scheme a lot.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection. Calming and relaxin colours - Storm Blue, Grape, Cypress, Stone, Meadow and Sage. This Little Space of Mine


3. Cloud Blue, Pomegranate, Empire, Fondant and Spring Green. Love this! Now these are definitely more my colours. Empire is very bright and gets even brighter when you pair it with Pomegranate, but the Cloud Blue and Spring Green help to soften it.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection. Colours that go pop - bright and summery colours - Cloud Blue, Pomegranate, Empire, Fondant and Spring Green. This Little Space of Mine


4. Walnut, Lime, Bottle, Mustard, Burgundy, Copper and Stone. This has autumn written all over it, doesn’t it? I pushed myself away from pinks and blues and tried to think of Mustard as autumnal. Walnut and Lime are a great combination and the richness of Bottle works well in this colour scheme.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection. Autumnal colours - Walnut, Lime, Bottle, Mustard, Burgundy, Copper and Stone. This Little Space of Mine


5. Sunshine, Royal, Grass Green, Jaffa and Fiesta. After my first post on the new collection I’ve had a lot of comments from crafters who were surprised at just how bright Grass Green is – and I have to agree. It definitely has it’s place, so here I went to town and put it with the loudest colours I possibly could!

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection. Lots of brights - Sunshine, Royal, Grass Green, Jaffa and Fiesta. This Little Space of Mine


What do you think? Any favourites that spring to mind? I quite like how grown up number two is, though the brightness of 3 has won me over!

Thank you again for reading and for all the lovely feedback I received on my first colour scheme post last week, I hope you’ve enjoyed this part of the series. See you next week for some crafty ideas on how to put these colours to good use…

Leanne x

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Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn’s Special DK collection (part 1)

Exciting news – after talking last week about Stylecraft’s limited edition yarn pack they have since announced they’ll be putting all of the shortlisted colours on sale, permanently. Yay!

In today’s post I wanted to carry on the series of looking at Stylecraft Yarn’s newest colours by thinking about potential colour schemes for these 10 colours. I have 5 to share with you today and 5 to share next week, followed by a bonus post a week later; stay tuned!


Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - This Little Space of Mine


The 10 new colours are, from left to right, Pistachio, Kelly Green, Empire, Boysenberry, Lobelia, Cypress, Fuchsia Purple, Grass Green, Mustard and Duck Egg.


A first look at Stylecraft's limited edition yarn pack, plus a few colour combinations for your knitting and crochet projects - This Little Space of Mine


Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn

So after ‘pegging’ all the new colours, ala Lucy from Attic 24 (that woman is a genius!) I put off housework and life admin to sit and play with colour schemes for an hour (or maybe two!). The rule I set myself was simple, include a least one of the new shades in the combinations I was putting together; it challenged me to go beyond the colours I’m naturally drawn to and the exercise has made me want to make all the things!

Today’s first colour schemes feature Lobelia, Duck Egg, Kelly Green, Fuchsia Purple, Mustard and Pistachio.

1. Soft peach, Clematis, Lobelia, Lavender and Candyfloss. I wouldn’t say I’m normally drawn to purples but there’s something about Lobelia and how it comes to life when it’s surrounded by other colours that I really love. Not just purple; I put it with a couple of greens and liked it, as well as a yellow – as it can suddenly look quite blue. It could become a real staple part of the range, what do you think?

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Purple colour scheme - Soft Peach, Clematis, Lobelia, Lavender and Candyfloss. This Little Space of Mine


2. Grey, Cream, Duck Egg, White and Silver. Here I was really losing the light (sorry), so this photo isn’t as bright as I would like, but I put this colour scheme together when thinking about icy mornings in the winter; pale and grey but also bright. It feels cuddly as a combination and I only wish Duck Egg had been available when I was making my sky blanket last year!    

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Blue white winter colour scheme - Grey, Cream, Duck Egg, White and Silver. This Little Space of Mine


3. Saffron, Sunshine, Kelly Green, Spring Green and Citron. On the flip side, this colour scheme came to life when I thought about the first signs of spring. Spring Green, especially, is one of my favourite colours and I like it paired with Citron; the Kelly Green shade also complimenting it. I made a baby blanket last year in Spring Green and my biggest regret was giving it away; I don’t have a baby (obviously) but I just love the colour and was so proud of the blanket I knitted. Sunshine and Kelly Green are quite vibrant, but the addition of the other three colours softens it.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Yellow green spring colour scheme - Saffron, Sunshine, Kelly Green, Spring Green and Citron. This Little Space of Mine


4. Teal, Burgundy, Fuchsia Purple, Mustard, Spice and Soft Peach. Scrummy colours, this was inspired by Attic 24’s cosy blanket; these shades combined feels warm and bright and makes me instantly happy. Burgundy is quite rich and is brightened up by Fuchsia Purple but works really well with Teal too. For me, Mustard and pink is a colour scheme I’ve been wanting for ages so this is one of the first combinations I put together! The Soft Peach may seem a little weaker in comparison, but compliments well and looks good with every other shade.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Bright cosy colour scheme - Teal, Burgundy, Fuchsia Purple, Mustard, Spice and Soft Peach. This Little Space of Mine


5. Citron, Fondant, Pistachio, Candyfloss and Apricot. And finally, this is a lot softer than above, but a similar lines with the yellow, pink and soft Pistachio colour. This is gorgeous, feminine and I can see it as a cuddly blanket on a bed. I can’t get over how much I love these shades combined; I think it could work well as a baby blanket or, even more extreme, how cool would a striped cardigan or jumper look in these colours? Bit out there, perhaps?! Still love this.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Colourful and feminine colour scheme - Citron, Fondant, Pistachio, Candyfloss and Apricot. This Little Space of Mine


What do you think? Any favourites that spring to mind? I think number 5, with Pistachio, might be my favourite.

Oh finally, if you fancy getting your hands on any colours featured I tend to buy all of my Stylecraft yarn from Wool Warehouse. There are lots of shops (online and otherwise) that sell this collection, but I’ve always been impressed with Wool Warehouse’s speedy delivery service.

Thank you for reading, I hope you’ve enjoyed what I’ve put together. See you next week for the second part of these colour scheme ideas!

Leanne x

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A first look at Stylecraft Yarn’s limited edition pack

It’s been a long time coming, but finally this month Stylecraft have released their limited edition yarn park – three of which have become ‘permanent’ colours. Obviously I was giddy about getting my hands on these and ordered two packs as soon as they were available – thank you Wool Warehouse for your speedy delivery as always!


A first look at Stylecraft's limited edition yarn pack, plus a few colour combinations for your knitting and crochet projects - This Little Space of Mine


A first look at Stylecraft Yarn’s limited edition pack

There are 10 colours in this collection, from left to right, Pistachio, Kelly Green, Empire, Boysenberry, Lobelia, Cypress, Fuchsia Purple, Grass Green, Mustard and Duck Egg.

I was sad Mustard didn’t make the cut as a permanent colour; the voting was so popular that Stylecraft decided to launch three and so I was sure Mustard and Duck Egg would be the most popular, but instead the permanently available colours are Duck Egg, Lobelia and Grass Green. Don’t get me wrong, I love these colours, but playing around with them all it feels like Mustard and Pistachio are more rounded and work with a lot of Stylecraft’s existing range. I’ll be sad when they’re no longer on sale.

I’m not quite sure about the two pinks, Boysenberry and Fuchsia Purple, while I love pinks there are quite a few in the collection already. I would so love to see which colours are Stylecraft’s top sellers – hint hint, tell me tell me! Haha, I can dream. On the flip side I’m pleased to see the addition of more greens, in the shape of Pistachio, Kelly Green, Cypress and Grass Green. On the subject of Grass Green is a lot brighter than I thought it’d be and really comes to life with the likes of Jaffa and Bright Pink.

While I also wasn’t initially drawn to Lobelia (purples just aren’t my colour), I actually really like how warm it is and how it brings other colours to life. It feels like it’ll be one of those ‘staple’ colours that works with a lot of other combinations. Finally, Cypress, Duck Egg and Pistachio feel like they work well with other recently added colours, Sage, Parma Violet and Storm Blue.


A first look at Stylecraft's limited edition yarn pack, plus a few colour combinations for your knitting and crochet projects - This Little Space of Mine


Oh, and while all of this was going on, the Stylecraft team also added Tomato to the collection. I must get my hands on this soon!

You can pick up a pack of Stylecraft Yarn’s limited edition pack over here for £10.99 – note all 10 balls of yarn are 50g instead of the usual 100g.

What do you think of the limited edition pack? Favourite colour? Any colours you dislike? I’m always curious to know which colours people are naturally more drawn to.

I’m off to drown in colourful yarn pegs; I’m in the middle preparing a post for next week on colour schemes you can put together with this pack and Stylecraft’s existing range – watch this space!

Thank you for reading this post!

Leanne x

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