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Pairing colours with Ultraviolet

As we reported the other week the experts at Pantone have named Ultraviolet as the colour of the year for 2018.

ultraviolet pantone colour of 2018

Of course, very few of us will want to knit or crochet in just one colour all year but we are set to see a lot of purple in fashion and homewares this year. With this in mind Pantone have produced some palettes of colours that will work with Ultraviolet. You might think of using these to find combinations for colourwork, to make accessories to go with a purple garment or to make something you will accessorize with violet, for example.

We have picked out a few colour suggestions and yarns that fit the bill.

Earthy tones:

                            Chilli pepper, bronze mist, pale gold

Earth tones can make a lovely contrast to purples. Think leather belts over sweaters, wooden and shell buttons and knitted bags with leather handles.

It may also be the year for purple socks with tan leather shoes or boots.

Clockwise from top left: King Cole Big Value DK – Rust (3029); Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran – Camel; Earth tones with a flash of violet James C Brett Harmony Chunky; Stylecraft Special DK – Walnut (1054); Wendy Harris DK – Scalpay (5122)


                                  Turkish sea, Blue Moon, Xenon blue

From colourwork to a blue jumper with a violet necklace or scarf there are some lovely colour combinations with a range of blues and purples. Here are few to enjoy.

Clockwise from top left: Erika Knight British Blue 100 – Kanoko (603); Stylecraft Cabaret DK – Ocean (3571); James C Brett Rustic Mega Chunky – CS21; Rico Baby Cotton Soft (DK) – Sky Blue (033); King Cole Baby Alpaca DK – Heather (666); Sirdar Hayfield Bonus Aran Tweed – Tweedy Turquoise (710)

Rich contrasts

                                           Oriole, Raspberry, Citrus

Don’t be afraid of a strong contrasting colour – especially with the ongoing trend for colour block sweaters and shawls [link]. If dramatic colour blocks aren’t your thing, these are great fashion colours that will make a refreshing change from a lot of purple.

Clockwise from top left: Yarn Stories Fine Merino 4ply Raspberry; Wendy Evolution – Sunrise (3396); Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo – Sunny Surprise (101); King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK Jaffa;


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