One of the premier lessons in working with color is pre-planning. Instead of just winging it, I have discovered that a few minutes of thinking through the placement of new colors, saves me lots of stress. Because I chart all my pictures, it only takes a few minutes to go over the color changes and plan my attack. My focus is always to eliminate yarn ends that have to be woven in later, and to reduce as much bulk as possible. Smooth and flat is the goal.
Below is an example of my thinking process –
Marking up the Chart
The “V” indicates where I will make my new stitch by picking up the yarn in the middle of my long strand of white. I will then have two long tails to work with. One (A) will be used to go up the right side; and the other (B) will be used to go up the left side of the eye. The “black” or center of the eye, will be worked with one single strand. Just by using this method to work the white around the eye, I have eliminated 2 yarns ends that would have had to be woven in when the project was finished.
2. The box in “yellow” indicates stitches that I have marked to be made later as “overlay stitches.”
3. If you look closely, you can see two more “V’s” in the antler area. Yes, I have found a couple of more places to use the double long tails. I have also indicated the direction that I intend to work those ends.
All this is to say that no matter how you decide to work your color project, you will be much happier with the results if you take a little time to do some planning before you start.