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So, as I showed you a bit last week, how an individual brand portrays purple across different fibers can vary. “Purple” doesn’t always mean purple the same way. Niq reminded me of another good thing to know about matching colours—the exact same yarn can look different depending on what elastic it is paired with. A great example are our O Chevrons. The Plum O Chevrons are available with black detail and with white detail. The same Plum yarn is used in both, but the elastic is either black or white to create their eponymous design. You can see it easiest on the inside of the sock (on the right, below).
Just that little difference of backing colour can make the hue read differently (bluer, paler, anything!). It’s a good thing to keep in mind when stridently matching and a great thing to remember when playing with monochromatic colour schemes. So many variables! And if you start bringing stripes into it, whew. It’s why I’m focusing mostly on solids.
And those variables include the supplier themselves! Sometimes a yarn colour changes and even though it’s called the same thing (in the case of these Harajuku Scrunchy Socks, their Violet is yarn number 86), a fiber change or dye batch change (or in this case, BOTH!) can make a big change in colour.
So remember, as we look over some good matching options below, if it is a vital colour match you’re trying for, drop us a line and we can help you out! We do our best to update yarn colour changes , but eyes are more reliable than monitors!
Sometimes a colour name and total fiber difference doesn’t mean a thing. The 69% cotton Socklings in Bright Purple are a solid match with the Purple used in the EG Smith Original Bootsocks and GoGo Bootsocks, both of which are 98% cotton!
Another surprising match is Foot Traffic’s nylon Purple (found in tights, thigh highs and knee highs) and the Polonova Longer Velvet Wrist Warmers. Again a plusher fiber adds depth to the colour (and velvet is a beast for colour, with bright highlights and deep shadow, thanks to all that texture), but they are both what I like to call “rather dang purple.”
Nylon and other synthetic fibers are always where you’re going to find the most vibrant examples of a hue. Leg Avenue’s nylon purples and the Acrylic Slouches in Purple are both eye-searingly delightful in their vibrancy.
You’ll find pairings in the strangest places, like the wooly, lush Bea Polka Dot Crew Socks in Purple & Grey have the almost the same crayon vibrance of the EG Smith bootsock purple. The Bea’s black elastic tones the colour down and brings it to the refined palette B.Ella is known for.
One thing I think should always be remembered when playing within a colour is that your feet and legs are pretty far from the rest of you. A close colour match looks a lot more exact if one version is on your feet and another on your hands. Which means you could rock the Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs in Plum & Lilac with the Harajuku Arm Warmers in Purple for a pretty dang close match, or the Harajuku Arm Warmers in Violet for a not-exact-but-pretty-close pairing (and because it’s a little darker and more blue than our Lilac, it is almost like the colour baby of both stripes in the socks!).
A closer match for hands and feet would be the Knit Mitts in Grape & Burgundy paired with either the Opaque Solid Nylon Trouser Socks in Plum to match one half, or the Cotton Slouches in Plum to match the other half.
Dark purples and plums are one of the most popular colours we carry, so let’s end this post by gazing with a sigh into some pools of purple.
I hope you are having as much fun with these colour posts as I am, I already am planning the one for next month!
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