Each January, Pantone researches color influence around the world and unveils the color of the year. As a fan of purple, I was thrilled to see that Radiant Orchid was selected as the 2014 Pantone color of the year. My closet is full of Radiant Orchid-esque colors. Hurrah!
This color was specifically selected to spark the imagination. Need to spark some imagination in your knitting this year? Craftsy designers are excited about Radiant Orchid, too.
Look no further than these purple-perfect yarns and patterns to knit your next project in the 2014 Pantone color of the year.
Photo via Craftsy member Evelyn_S
Purple cables and bobbles bag
Carry a little bit of Radiant Orchid with you every day with this cabled, bobbled bag pattern. Leather handles and bag feet make this bag look super professional. Just get ready to do a bit of sewing once you've put down the needles.
Smocked pillow cover
Pantone's color of the year isn't just meant for clothing. Try incorporating it into your home, too. Believe it or not, basic knit and purl stitches are all you need to know to knit up this gorgeous pillow cover. The cover is removable, too, so you can remove and wash it if you need to.
Sweet lattice baby blanket
Take your purple to the park -- or just use it to wrap up a little one -- with this lattice stitch blanket. The seed stitch border is super simple, leaving you more time to focus on the lattice. This sample is knit up in Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton yarn. The color? Orchid, of course!
Cascade Venezia Sport Yarn
Cascade's got you covered for all purple projects with this sport-weight yarn in Orchid Haze. The fiber content couldn't be dreamier; it's 70% merino wool and 30% mulberry silk.
Violet flower knitted headband
Just because Radiant Orchid is the color of the year doesn't mean you have to wear it prominently. Don your purple in smaller doses with accessories like this knitted headband. Finish off the flower's center with a bead or button straight from your stash.
Rowan Felted Tweed DK Yarn
If you're not into the bold hue of Radiant Orchid, give your purple a little bit of tweed. Rowan's Felted Tweed DK Yarn in Damask is made of a soft wool, alpaca and viscose blend, plus the classic tweed texture still gives you a trendy purple.
Purple rain hat
Can't decide which purple hue you like best? Knit 'em all! This Purple Rain Hat uses three different shades of purple to achieve a really awesome effect. There's even a pair of matching Purple Rain Mittens if you want a complete set of multi-purple winter accessories!
If you can't get enough of Pantone's color advice for 2014, be sure to come back next Sunday to check out the yarns we paired with the Pantone 2014 spring color palette!