Yarn Color Makeover: 2014 Spring Pantone Colors for Knitting & Crocheting

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in Crocheting, Knitting | Comments


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.

Miss Babs Yowza yarn

Placid Blue: Pantone 15-3920

This blue is similar to a perfect-day sky. Miss Babs Yowza Yarn in Forever has that same sky-blue hue, plus it’s superwash merino wool — cozy and washable.

Martha Stewart Cotton Hemp yarn

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.

Lion Brand pound of love

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.

Cascade 220 Superwash Sport Yarn

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.

Schachenmayr Northern Worsted Yarn

Sand: Pantone 15-1225

Sand is another neutral option in the Pantone spring colors. Schachenmayr Northern Worsted yarn in Sand is comparable and would be a pretty yarn for a spring accessory. Spring clutch, anyone?

Spud and Chloe Buoy

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.

Tahki Cotton Classic Lite Yarn

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.

Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport Yarn

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.

Blue Sky Alpacas worsted cotton yarn

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.

Manos Silk Blend Yarn

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.

Be sure to check out projects you can make with the Pantone color of the year for 2014: radiant orchard.

What colors are you thinking about knitting this spring?