Why do we say "colorway" anyway?
You've probably heard the word "colorway." It's an uncommon word outside of the yarn world. So why do we say that instead of just "color?" Because yarns are often not just ONE color (if they are, we do just say "color").
In the fiber world, colors are typically described as solid, tonal, or variegated. Solids are usually a single color in a single value, so every part of the fiber has the same appearance. Tonal-colored yarn is the same hue, but with different values, both light and dark. Tonals can be high- or low-contrast but we usually think of low-contrast when using them, meaning they're pretty close in terms of intensity. Variegated, or multi-colored yarn, has more than one color and can be either high- or low-contrast, too.
Don't know whether to use a solid or variegated/multi? If your project has a bunch of fancy stitches, like lace or cables, stick to solid or low-contrast variegated colors. If you're going to put all that work into your project, you probably want to see your work, not the color.
Want to use several colors or colorways in a single project? Stripes, slip-stitches, post-stitches (crochet), brioche (knitting) are some styles that benefit from more than one color.
Some of this might be confusing, but we can help you. We've been supporting crafters in-store and via email (you can email pics of the colors) as they pair colors and projects. Don't let color choices add to your stress though, pick what makes you happiest as you work!
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