So I started working on one side (front and back are worked in the same way). And truthfully I didn't work a swatch 'cuz I figured size doesn't matter (although I suppose if my pieces were too big, I'd run out of yarn and that wouldn't be very good).
I am so lovin' the colour combo. And I must confess that my choices were ruled by serendipity: the colours just "spoke" to me. When I saw the indigo blue, I thought of denim and everything goes with denim (so says the girl who happily lives and works in jeans all the live long day). The trick was to find three other colours that would play together nicely. I knew orange liked green 'cuz mother nature put them together in pumpkins and marigolds (and seriously, how could mother nature be wrong?). I didn't want white as my last colour 'cuz I thought it would be too strong of a contrast with the deep indigo, so I went for the faded blue of stonewash (after all, my faded jean jacket works with my dark blue jeans).
If the thought of combining colours gives you a cold sweat, look around you for inspiration. Check out the wallpaper at your local hardware store, gift wrap at the card store or scrapbook papers at your craft store. Even thumbing through a magazine can provide inspiration.
I think my only dilemma now is deciding between the wrong and right sides. I polled some of the girls at work, and so far the wrong side is winning. Hmmmm . . . .what do you think?