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Color of the Year

15327342_10154648148490499_4243513038763116758_nPantone has selected “Greenery” as the Color of the Year for 2017.

Their press release says, “Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.”

As I told one of my friends, I like green, I just don’t wear it much. Still, the idea of rejuvenation that Pantone is pointing to sounds lovely. I also like the line in their press release that says, “A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.” Yarn, knitting, and crocheting count as “personal passions”!

It is easy for us yarn lovers to incorporate these trumpeted colors into our projects. We can fully embrace them by knitting or crocheting an entire sweater in green, or we can be more subtle and restrict it to our accessories like hats and scarves. You can even use it as contrasting trim as your cast off or bind off edge for a little pop of color.

Here are some Greenery themed project ideas help inspire you.

191376The beautiful “Maloney” Cardigan by Elsebeth Lavold is knit using the new yarn “Misty Wool”. The sample sweater is shown here in the “Sapling Green” color.

Maloney is sized S/M (L/XL).  See more pictures on Ravelry and add Maloney to your queue while you’re there.

Misty Wool yarn is a wonderful 75% Wool, 25% Hemp blend available in 16 colors.

Ara Mana JeanieThe “Jeanie Lace Scarf” by Jo Allport is knit using two hanks of Araucania Mana yarn. The sample is shown in the “Glowing Eel” color.

Jeanie is a key-hole style scarf with a unique construction. The lace pattern has both text and chart instructions! Add Jeanie to your Ravelry queue.

Mana is a luscious, 100% Mulberry Silk yarn with approximately 220 yards per hank. It is available in 19 colors.

Noro Y1055This “Cabled Sleeveless Top” from the Noro design team is knit using “Silk Garden Solo” yarn. The sample is shown in color 33-Pistachio.

The cables along the bottom hem remind me of owls. Would you add eyes to emphasis the resemblance?

The Cabled Sleeveless Top has One Size, to fit chest: 34-38 in/ 86-96 cm. Add it to your Ravelry queue.

Silk Garden Solo yarn, which is a 45% Silk, 45% Mohair, 10% WooI blend, is a semi-solid version of the popular Silk Garden yarn. Instead of the long color changes featured in Silk Garden, Silk Garden Solo has little flecks of color and slight tonal variations as a result of the different fibers taking the dye at a different rate.

See all 26 colors of Silk Garden Solo.

Mirasol Perennial HolidayIf you want to get away from wool yarns, the “Perennial Holiday” top by Sandra Oakeshott is knit using Mirasol Pima Kuri, a 100% cotton yarn. The sample is shown in color 21-Wintermint.

This close-fitting top is sized S (M, L, XL, 2X) and uses short-rows to shape the asymmetrical hem. Add Perennial Holiday to your Ravelry queue.

Pima Kuri is a soft, 100% Pima Cotton yarn with 208 yards per hank, which is available in 26 colors.

Euro Baby CriativeFor the little one in your life, the “Slipover, Waistcoat, and Hat” set by Jenny Watson will be a good choice. They take just one to three hanks of the new Euro Baby yarn “Criative DK,” shown here in color 13-Mint Mantis.

The set features a wide range of sizes for ages 0-6 (6-12, 12-18 mo, 1 1/2- 2, 2 1/2- 3, 3-4 yrs). All garments are knit flat and seamed. Add the set to your Ravelry queue.

Criative DK yarn is a wonderful 40% Alpaca, 30% Cotton, 30% Modal blend that you won’t be able to stop petting! This soft yarn is also machine washable, making it a great choice for easy-care garments.  Criative DK is available in 20 colors.

That’s just a little sampling of  “greenery” colored projects I found among our offerings. And if green isn’t your favorite color, don’t forget these yarns are available in many other shades! LOL

Will you be incorporating more green into your knitting projects in 2017?

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