Go beyond pre-made shades. The McCormick formulas here show you how. By adding two colors together, you can make wonderful new shades.
Select the shade you want from the photos below. The chart is read like a multiplication table.
In the first photo, Yellow is added to each other color.
In the second photo, Red is added to the other colors.
In the third photo, Neon Blue is added to the other colors.
Each pair of colors was tested at the ratios 1 to 3, 2 to 2 and 3 to 1.
Colors used with abbreviations:
#1 = 1 part Yellow and 3 parts Red.
#2 = 3 parts Yellow and 1 part Neon Blue.
Base yarn used: recycled off-white wool from a thrift store sweater.
Each sample is 3 yards of yarn.
How the dyestock was made: the McCormick was measured by the drop. Each pair of colors was tested at the ratios 1 to 3, 2 to 2 and 3 to 1.
I didn't simplify the ratio 2:2 as 1:1 because I wanted the same amount of dye in each McCormick formula. 1:1 would have produced a lighter shade.
A = Yellow
E = Blue
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