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Even though I already have my colors picked out, I played with the Color Scheme Designer to show how my colors are "accented analogic".
If you play with the Color Scheme Designer, you'll see that accented analogic color palettes use 3 tones close in color, and then 1 tone at the opposite of the color wheel. Much of the Missoni aesthetic is based on color schemes like this one because it allows for subtle tones changes AND bold contrast for an overall eye-catching pattern.

My exact color palette is the following:
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issoni's knitwear has always tickled my fancy. I'm a lover of bold colors and complex geometries and Missoni's offerings never fail to delight me. Now that Missoni released a line at Target, more people have been exposed to their eye-popping design ethos. The main difference between Target Missoni and the Missoni that sells in boutiques is that the Target versions are merely screen-printed fabrics, whereas patterns for the boutique versions are knitted or woven. Click on pics for larger versions.
Many people see the bold, bright and contrasting colors without also seeing the color theory behind the color choices. That's the key to creating a Missoni-inspired look… it's not accomplished just by copying a zig-zag pattern using bright colors… it requires deliberate decisions on the placement of those colors to create an overall scheme.

The first step in creating your Missoni-inspired skirt is to choose a yarn that has both a soft drape AND a color palette that has tones of the same color (as well as black and white). For the purposes of this tutorial, you can choose whatever gauge yarn you want… just remember to go for a soft and squishy yarn so that your skirt isn't stiff.

The next step is choosing your personal color palette for the skirt. A hallmark of Missoni fabrics is to use several shades of the same color, then offset with a brightly

contrasting color and bring the design together with carefully placed bits of black or white (or both).

This particular swatch has a lot going on, and it might seem like randomly-placed colors at first. When one looks more closely, however, it's apparent that each color
placement was deliberate, in order to create an overall pattern. There are shades of salmon and green set off by white, black and navy.

For this tutorial, the chevrons (zig-zags) will be a bit wider than in that photo and there will be fewer colors. I recommend choosing 3 shades of one color, 2 shades of another, and black, and white. I've decided to go with Classic Elite Princess yarn and I chose 3 shades of green, 2 shades of pink, black and white. This palette is similar to many Missoni palettes in that it is "accented analogic". To explore other palettes like this, check out the Color Scheme Designer and select "accented analogic" in the upper left-hand corner, then swing the wheel around and see what colors pop up in the palette window.

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I just found your site and love it very much. Beverly J 1/17/2014
- Beverly J, 2015-01-17 09:46:14

Love love love my new skirt. Just waiting to find the perfect buttons and for the weather to cool down 40 or 50 degrees.
- Lizzard L, 2013-08-16 07:31:15

Just found this and LOVE IT. I linked to you on my blog this morning at - so glad I discovered your site!
- Tamara K1479, 2012-09-11 12:15:11

@Betty - thank you! I hope you send us pics - we are excited to see other people's versions of this design.
- Josi M, 2012-06-06 04:52:45

I love, love, love everything about this skirt!!! I can't wait to make it!!!
- Betty H, 2012-06-04 07:52:45

@Laura - Yes! Please send pics of your progress and your FO! I am very excited to see how other people play with color.
- Josi M, 2011-11-08 08:33:36

I have GOT to make this will be my very first project in the new year! Thank you so much for the tutorial!! When I finish it, I will send in a picture!!! ;0)
- Laura H656, 2011-11-07 03:46:13

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