Clashing of textures has been showing up in knitwear as a key component in the design of the garment.
Whether the texture is created with exaggerated surface stitches, different weights of yarn or simply by mixing exotic yarns with plainer, smooth ones, the result is dramatic.
A simple, uncomplicated pattern is all you need as the texture and mix of yarns create visual excitement.
Being economical, for the most part, is something I try to practise. Cleaning out the fridge when making soup or stew gives the soup body, makes it flavourful and pretty much can't be repeated.
Yarn stashes can be the same. My particular habit is buying a ball or two of an interesting yarn, preferably on sale to try it out.
Needless to say, this "trying out" never happens and my collection of odd balls keeps growing.
The inspiration images show that texture clashes, a more fashionable term for scrap knitting or crochet really means "anything goes". In fashion, designers are mixing prints and textures.
The best and safest approach is to put families of colours together or combinations that are compatible.
Find inspiration for interesting colour combinations at ColourLovers , a community dealing with all aspects of colour.
Read further for more inspiration, instructions for a simple pattern worked sideways and ways to make a unique version.
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The versions featured here are just a few ideas.
You can play with length, the back longer or thick smooth borders outlining furry textures.
If you have enough yarn, making a small sample also helps in seeing how the colours play against each other.
The trick here is not to be too precious and be brave enough to put the yarns together in a random fashion; it can be changed.