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2014 Pantone Color of the Year is. . . Radiant Orchid!

January 8th, 2014

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At the beginning of every year Pantone appoints one color to inspire world trends for the months ahead. A regular practice since 2000, Pantone recently announced this year’s color: “Radiant Orchid.” According to the leading color authority, Radiant Orchid “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health,” and was chosen to influence fashion, personal style and all creative matters in 2014.

Purple is a color that’s often associated with encouraging individual creativity and used in meditation to help visualize a harmonious, spiritual balance. Expect to see this purple popping up on  inspiration and mood boards everywhere—and of course yarn projects.

With personalization becoming a bigger aspect in fashion this year, we find that purple a great color to work with because of its complexity. While it is a simple combination of blue and red, the variety of shades you choose to use in a project can vary, depending on the mood you wish to reflect.

Two Tone Mobius Cowl Knit Lace Beret Crochet Easy Peasy Hat and Scarf Set
Crochet Two Tone Mobius Cowl
in Homespun® Thick and Quick®
in Mixed Berries and Claret
Knit Lace Beret
in Vanna’s Sequins
in Merlot
Crochet Easy Peasy Hat and Scarf Set
in Tweed Stripes
in Orchid

You can choose a darker purplish hue for a glamourous, moody appearance; or use a bright pink, magenta to conjure pep and energy.

We’ve selected some of our favorite Radiant Orchid-inspired yarns to guide you:

Babysoft Lavender Homespun - Mixed Berries Hometown USA in Denver Rocky Mountain
Babysoft®
Lavender
Homespun®
Mixed Berries
Hometown USA®
Denver Rocky Mountain
Kitchen Cotten in Grape LB Collection Angora Merino in Sangria LB Collection Silk in Pluto
Kitchen Cotton®
Grape
LB Collection® Angora Merino
Sangria
LB Collection® Silk
Pluto
Vanna's Choice Magenta Vanna's Sequins in Merlot Wool-Ease Heather
Vanna’s Choice®
Magenta
Vanna’s Sequins
Merlot
Wool-Ease®
Dark Rose Heather

What do you think of Radiant Orchid? Will you be inspired to use this color in your yarncrafting this year?

  • Ellen Meng Schmidt

    Yummy!

  • greening

    Love this color and hope you come out with even more of it! It’s flattering and happy!

  • pamortrud

    Love the color!

  • Sherrill
    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Petrina

      That’s amazing. Thanks for sharing the link.

  • Charky1962

    Stunning colours, I’ll definitely be looking for these!

  • Croknitter

    Love, Love all the shades and plan to make use of more than one of them

  • Cynthia

    It’s about time Pantone names my (2nd) favourite color for color of the year! YAY! I’ve had my eye on the beautiful shades of purple in the Homespun line and am trying to decide exactly what I want to crochet using all of them. Suggestions??

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