First, how do you choose colors? For smooth and easy colorwork, choose two colors of the same exact fiber from the same yarn line. As and example, two or more different colors of Classic Elite Inca Alpaca. It comes in 45 colors, and provides variation across the color spectrum. Why the same yarn line?
|Fair Isle Swatch|
However, if texture and striping are your goal, maybe you really want the yarns not to match. In that case, run with it! Or, maybe you're holding two yarns together for a marled effect, in which case you may choose two yarns of totally different weights to achieve just the color proportions you want. The swatch in the example is made with a worsted wool and a bulky cotton alpaca blend, creating a very chunky, textured look. The texture pops much more because of the two yarns held together than it would in either yarn alone. (I know this because I tried it.)
|Two Yarns Held Together|
Yes, there's more to it. We'll go over it in the next several posts. You'll be great at this!