Lion Brand Notebook

How to Determine Your “Season” Color Palette (Plus the Yarn Trends You’ll Want to Take Advantage of)

Home/Fashion & StyleHow to Determine Your “Season” Color Palette (Plus the Yarn Trends You’ll Want to Take Advantage of)

How to Determine Your “Season” Color Palette (Plus the Yarn Trends You’ll Want to Take Advantage of)

When it comes to picking colors for a project, how it looks on you (or your gift recipient) is definitely important. The happier you (or your gift recipient) is with the color, the more likely you’ll use the project!

But how do you know what colors will work for you? Here’s an easy way of telling which “season” or color palette will suit you best:

Light Hair

Dark Hair

Cool Coloring

You have pink or blue undertones in your skin. Veins visible in your skin will appear blue.


If you’re a summer, light natural shades that evoke a sense of serene will look good on you. Look for pastels and muted shades, as vivid shades can be too harsh.

Click to view detail of 601-640

Pictured: Bonbons in Nature


Winters look best in rich colors, as well as high contrast black and white. Look for navy, deep reds, and jewel tones. Avoid beiges, golds, and browns, which might wash you out.

Click to view detail of 601-660

Pictured: Bonbons in Celebrate

Warm Coloring

You have yellow or olive undertones in your skin. Veins visible in your skin will appear greenish.


Spring ladies (and gents!) will look good in sunny, clear shades. Look for rosy bright shades, as high contrast colors like black and white may be too stark.

Click to view detail of 601-610

Pictured: Bonbons in Brights


Like autumn itself, those with fall coloring will look good in earthy, rich shades. Caramels and golds will be attractive on you. Look for colors with warmth, as cool shades can be unflattering.

Click to view detail of 601-650

Pictured: Bonbons in Party

Once you know which color palette you are, you can start thinking about some of the great color trends we’ve talked about for this upcoming season. For instance, some of the softer shades in our Top 10 Colors for Fall like Rhapsody and Pink Smoke will look great on Springs. Others like Honey Gold, French Roast, and Tangerine Tango will be perfect for Falls. Pink Flambé and Bright Chartreuse are perfect for Springs, while Olympian Blue and Ultramarine Green are perfect for Winters.

We’ve also talked about the return of neon colors, which will look great on Winters.

Love our new shimmering shades in Vanna’s Sequins and Wool-Ease Thick & Quick? You’ll find lots of shades perfect for Falls, Winters, and Summers.

Love variegated yarns? The new colorways of Tweed Stripes feature some great blends for Springs and Summers.

What are your favorite colors to use? Leave a comment and let us know!

Share this post


  • This is a great guide! I was choosing colours for myself that didn’t look right, and now I know why! Thanks 🙂

  • What if you’re none of the above? Redhead and neutral skin here.

    • if your a natural redhead, you will usually fall into the Spring or Fall category. Warm or cool skin tones arn’t always easy to judge. Cool seasons look better with silver next to their skin and warm seasons look better with a gold color next to their skin.

  • Jennyfer, I’ll bet you are either a spring or Fall. Probably Fall. Best thing to do is look in your closet and see what colors you have most of. Most likely, you have been drawn to the right colors all along. It’s the strength and brightness of the colors that affects our looks.

  • Emily — redheads can be either a spring or a fall. Depends on the color of your hair and skin. I am a redhead with yellow undertones to my skin…not really yellow. I’m pretty fair. My hair is a dark auburn. So I am a fall…can you wear orange lipstick? You’re likely a fall. Does pastel pink look great on you? You are likely a spring. Fall is jewel tones. Spring is pastell

    • I’m also a yellow skin-toned redhead, with fall as my pallette. Peach is my “pink”, but salmon (the darker shade of peach) is much better. Orange is an accent color only; rust or rusty-brown lipstick is better for me.

      • yeah I can’t do orange lipstick at all. I’m a dark auburn and my veins appear neither really blue nor green, I don’t seem to strike as either type. I do fine with most autumn colors and equally well in pastels. I’ve dyed my hair black before and look fine with winter colors as well. I truly think my skin is neutral, and when my hair is auburn I am able to expand my pallete, though my color of choice is typically black.

  • Sorry…I meant jennifer, and it is not really pastels as much as cleaner colors.

  • This seasonal color matching was VERY popular about 30+ years ago. I still have my little booklet of fall fabric samples.

  • I used to be a fall, with my dark hair. Now my hair is lighter (yes, it’s going grey) do I become a Spring?

    • I think you stay a Fall. The spring palette is very light and bright in tone, whereas the Fall is more muted or deep. Have you noticed a difference in how you feel in your wardrobe? I’m a summer and I am also getting lighter hair color, but I really like my palette still. When I can find it! 😛

    • No, your colours allways stay the same. It’s based on your skin tones. As you get older and hair color and skin tones lighten up, you might look better in the softer autumn colors than what you are used to wearing, but you never become a different season.

  • I wonder how come you didn’t choose “beach” for summer?

  • I always wondered why people asked me if I was feeling well. Then I had my ‘colors’ done and discovered I should be wearing winter shades/ Now I get complimented on my looks.

  • […] How to Determine Your “Season” Color Palette (Plus the Yarn Trends You’ll Want to Take Advanta… […]

  • […] How to Determine Your “Season” Color Palette […]

  • […] How to Determine Your “Season” Color Palette […]

  • […] How to Determine Your “Season” Color Palette […]

  • Leave A Comment