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Here’s the turtle pot holder I made for my ex’s Mom. Â We still are friends and she has a large turtle collection, so I made this pattern for her. Â She was over at the house and we discussed color options, but after she left I was concerned that the pattern would not have enough contrast. Â She chose a lovely coral & brownÂ variegatedÂ yarn to go with the green yarn which I used.
Here are some of the color combos that were evaluated. Â The colors she requested and I tried are shown in the 1st row, left side yarn combo. Â I tried to see theÂ contrast-abilityÂ both in a yarn sample and on paper and both were strong indicators that the turtle design would show poorly, so I tried the black with the browns and I thought it would look great, but she didn’t want black…so I kept playing on paper.
I ended up using Lily’s Sugar’n Cream in ‘Sage Green’ and ‘Sonoma Print’ Â yarn which is a ecru color with short dashes of rust (that washed out to a coral), brown and green. Â Note: the dashes of rust color bleed onto my towel as I blocked it. Â (frown).
I added the dots to the background to help hold the front to the back. Â And they ended up looking like sand or tiny tuffs of grass which adds to the nature look.