Fall/Winter 2017 Colors and Knits

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When Pantone splashes a color, people swatch. Whether you are a fashion designer in NY or a fiber artist in New Haven, you take time to know the color trends. Winter is coming! Pantone color experts tell us warmth is the mood for fall/winter. Eiseman the Executive Director of Pantone Color Institute says; “While comforting, enveloping colors and ease are crucial to the seasonal feeling, standout shades include a pale pink Ballet Slipper, a refreshing Golden Lime, and a bright Marina blue. These hues add a striking touch when paired with the classic autumnal shades of Navy Peony, Neutral Gray, Butter rum and Tawny Port.”

So before you go out and purchase new yarns to be current for fall/winter, why not go through your stash. Besides, it’s the perfect excuse to sort and organize your stash. Find that one color of yarn you already own that complements this season’s colors. Use the savings to buy a beautiful cashmere or high quality yarn in this season’s color.

What will you be knitting? Hygge (‘hoo-gah’) is the Danish word for comfort. That is what this season’s knit look is all about. If this is a new word for you… you are now sure to see it everywhere in reference to knitting. Chunky, oversize  and exaggerated style are in. Colorful sweaters and pullovers, where the sides are longer are part of the look.

Fringe, tassels, pom poms and bobbles will be seen in knitting books, patterns and magazines. It is a good time to hone your skills for cables, stripes, intarsia, dropped stitch and fair isle. At least one sweater dress should be part of your wardrobe.     

Enjoy this season; the colors, new yarns and patterns. Let me know how often you see the word “Hygge” or see it in print. It’s everywhere and soon it will be the pattern on your needles.

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