Yarn Color Makeover: 2014 Spring Pantone Colors for Knitting & Crocheting
Every fall and spring, the color experts at Pantone unveil a new fashion color report. We were so inspired by the fall colors of 2013 that we decided to keep it going with spring Pantone colors!
The spring Pantone colors for 2014 are an interesting mix of pastels and neutrals with a few bolder colors thrown in (the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014 is Radiant Orchard). Sometimes I use a color wheel to find new, inspiring yarn colors. But why break out the color wheel when Pantone does all the hard work for me? Use the spring 2014 Pantone color report to explore new yarn colors that you otherwise may not think about for your knitting and crochet projects. We did all the hard work for you, matching each Pantone color for spring with a gorgeous yarn.
Take a peek in your yarn stash or even your closet and use these spring 2014 Pantone colors to plan your upcoming knitting projects.
Placid Blue: Pantone 15-3920
Violet Tulip: Pantone 16-3823
Pantone likens the Violet Tulip color to a romantic, vintage purple, and Martha Stewart Cotton Hemp yarn in Sugared Violet fits the bill. Don’t be fooled by the cotton-hemp blend, though. This yarn is even soft enough for a knitted project like a baby blanket.
Hemlock: Pantone 15-6114
Say buh-bye to Christmas-y greens and instead try hemlock, a green that’s totally appropriate for warm weather. Lion Brand’s Pound of Love in Pastel Green is similar to Pantone’s Hemlock and pairs well with any other pastel in your yarn stash.
Paloma: Pantone 16-0000
Every Pantone color collection has necessary neutrals, and Paloma is one of spring’s chosen hues. Cascade 220 Superwash Sport yarn in Silver Grey will coordinate with any of the other Pantone colors in the spring collection, but you can also knit the Silver Grey alone without any other colors.
Sand: Pantone 15-1225
Celosia Orange: Pantone 17-1360
Give a little punch to those neutrals and pastels with the energetic Celosia Orange. Want to replicate it? Spud & Chloe Outer yarn in Buoy is a superwash wool-organic cotton blend that’s both soft and bright.
Freesia: Pantone 14-0852
Tahki Cotton Classic Lite in Bright Yellow isn’t quite as neon as Pantone’s Freesia, but it still works well in your knitting, even if you pair it with other Pantone spring colors. If you’re not brave enough to knit an entire garment in yellow, try using it for embellishments and trims first.
Cayenne: Pantone 18-1651
Red might already be a staple in your yarn color palette. This Cayenne hue adds just the right amount of heat to the palette. Try Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport yarn in Red Fox for a similar red you can incorporate into your knitting.
Radiant Orchid: Pantone 18-3224
This color is the bolder partner of the Violet Tulip color above, plus Radiant Orchid is Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year. If you’re a fan of purple, you should definitely add this color to your 2014 palette. This Orchid from Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton Yarn would be a great choice for your spring sweater or cardigan.
Dazzling Blue: Pantone 18-3949
If the extra-fine merino wool and silk blend of Manos Silk Blend Yarn in Juniper doesn’t pull you in, the vibrant blue will. I’m already thinking about knitting up something that uses Dazzling Blue and the neutral Paloma.