Have you ever wondered if there is a way to know what colors people are going to want to buy before you get to your first craft fair of the season? Or maybe you just want to make sure that your handmade gifts will really be appreciated. Well, obviously there are no guarantees, but if you want to make sure your creations will match all the hottest fashions of the season, you’ll definitely want to look to Pantone for guidance. They are the fashion industry’s standard for color, and twice a year they put out a Color Trend Report that predicts the hottest colors of the upcoming season.
The graphic above shows you all their color favorites for the coming fall, with the smaller blocks on the bottom representing the “classic” color palette of complementary neutral tones. I have included the Pantone color numbers, Red/Green/Blue values, and HEX codes corresponding to each color for your reference, but chances are if you’re here on my website, what you really want to know is “yeah, but how do I find that color of yarn?!?”
That’s where I can help. I have combed through several of the most common brands of yarn available for purchase in the US, in order to find the colorways that most closely match Pantone’s predictions. (With the exception of the classic palette, as I suspect most people will not have as much difficulty finding color matches for basic neutrals.)
I have, for the most part, chosen yarns that can be purchased at either Michael’s Stores or Joann Fabric and Crafts Stores, for a few reasons. They are both stores I personally shop at and have faith in, and which I have the ability to visit locally. They are widely available across the US and also sell yarn online, and I feel that they have a good variety of yarns which represent the budget of the average crocheter (or knitter) and while we all love to splurge on the “good yarn,” I want to make sure my information is helpful even to those on a tight budget.
Without further ado, here are colors you’ll want to keep an eye out for this year:
Pantone describes it as: “Deliciously deep red, whose luscious depth entices.”
You probably know it as: Burgundy
Reminiscent of: Antique barns and cranberries on the Christmas tree
This one had quite a few good matches, including Red Heart Super Saver, Bernat Super Value, Loops and Threads Impeccable, and Paton’s Classic Wool all in Burgundy; Lion Brand Homespun in Garnet; Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca in Cranberry; Lion Brand Heartland in Badlands; and Caron Simply Soft in Autumn Red. I personally expect this to be a color we see a lot of this year, and I have included it in multiple color palettes which I’ll be sharing soon.
Pantone describes it as: “Brave and outgoing red shade effusive in its allure.”
You probably know it as: Cherry Red
Reminiscent of: Classic automobiles and ripe tomatoes
It seems shades of red are among the easiest to match, because once again I managed to find quite a few brands with a similar shade. There is Caron Simply Soft in Harvest Red, Lion Brand Landscapes in Ruby, Lion Brand Heartland in Redwood, Bernat Super Value in Berry, Bernat Softee Chunky in Berry Red, Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Vermilion, Red Heart Super Saver in Cherry Red, Premier by Deborah Norville in Red Haze, Loops and Threads Impeccable in Red Hot, and Paton’s Classic Wool in Bright Red.
Pantone describes it as: “Reminiscent of twilight, a thoughtful, starry-eyed blue.”
You probably know it as: Cerulean
Reminiscent of: Wizards’ robes and tropical vacations
This is a fairly distinct shade of blue, so there are not quite as many options. Still, I feel like I was able to find a good selection of close matches. There is Caron Simply Soft in Royal, Lion Brand Landscapes in Cerulean Blue, Red Heart Super Saver in Blue, Lion Brand Homespun in Montana Sky, and Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Sapphire.
Pantone describes it as: “Savory and spicy yellow adds an exotic touch.”
You probably know it as: Mustard
Reminiscent of: Oriental fashion and fields of goldenrods
For this color, most colorways in the mustard/gold family are going to be a pretty good match. They were popular last year, and they’re likely to continue to be, so if you stocked up last year, you’ve already got a head start! While some of these shades are a little brighter than the one picked by Pantone, they’re likely close enough to catch the eye of your average consumer. I found Bernat Softee Chunky in Glowing Gold; Lion Brand Landscapes and Vanna’s Choice in Mustard; Lion Brand Wool-Ease, Paton’s Classic Wool, and Caron Simply Soft in Gold; and Lion Brand Homespun in Golden.
Pantone describes it as: “Smooth, sophisticated and urbane green adds depth to the Fall/Winter 2018 palette.”
You probably know it as: Olive Drab
Reminiscent of: Tree toads and old military jackets
I was surprised at how much difficulty I found in locating colorways that resemble this color. I think the best matches are Loops and Threads Impeccable in Deep Forest, and Lion Brand Heartland in Joshua Tree. Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca in Olive and Paton’s Classic Wool in Deep Olive are also in the right color family.
Pantone describes it as: “This forest floor orange speaks to earthen warmth.”
You probably know it as: Pumpkin
Reminiscent of: Autumn sunsets and ripe apricots
No big surprise here, to color to look for is Pumpkin, in Caron Simply Soft, Bernat Super Value, and Paton’s Classic Wool. Red Heart Super Saver in Carrot also seems to be a pretty good match.
Pantone describes it as: “Inventive and imaginative Ultra Violet lights the way for what is yet to come.”
You probably know it as: Lavender or Violet
Reminiscent of: Garden parties and the sky at dusk
Despite Ultra Violet being the “Color of the Year,” I had a lot of difficulty finding good yarn matches. Red Heart Super Saver in Lavender, as well as Bernat Super Value in Light Damson and Big Twist Value in Damson Purple are the closest matches, with Caron Simply Soft in Lavender Blue and Lily Sugar ‘n Cream (cotton) in Hot Purple also in the right family, though somewhat lighter.
Pantone describes it as: “A cultivated and refined hue adds a light and airy spring-like feeling demand.”
You probably know it as: Lilac
Reminiscent of: Spring flowers and abalone
Another hard-to-match purple shade. Most of the pale purple yarns I found were too blue to be a good match, but I did come up with three: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Lilac, Paton’s Classic Wool in Lavender Gray, and Lion Brand Homespun in Purple Aster.
Pantone describes it as: “Animated and effervescent, a pungent yellow-green becomes the center of attention.”
You probably know it as: Baby Yellow
Reminiscent of: Wild Primrose, lemon custard, cockatiels
I was genuinely surprised by the lack of available pale yellow yarns. Most of them, as you can guess, are actually baby yarns. The best matches I found were Lion Brand Pound of Love in Honey Bee, and Bernat Softee Chunky and Deborah Norville Everyday, both in Baby Yellow.
Pantone describes it as: “A deep elegant blue-green hue suggestive of rich plumage.”
You probably know it as: Teal Green
Reminiscent of: Peacocks and mermaid lagoons
Lion Brand Yarn seems to have a near monopoly on this color, with Heartland in Cuyahoga Valley, Touch of Alpaca in Jade, and Vanna’s Choice in Peacock. Deborah Norville Everyday in Peacock and Red Heart Super Saver in Real Teal are also great matches.
I hope you’ve found this breakdown of Pantone’s trending colors helpful! I’ll be sharing some inspiration palettes in the near future, with ideas for different ways to combine them. I’d love to hear your ideas as well!