The clock is winding down on 2017, and we’re spending these last few days looking into our crystal ball. The New Year presents new opportunities, and among the most exciting is a fresh perspective on color. Before the ball drops on December 31st, we want to tease our 12 extraordinary Colors of the Year for 2018, to whet your appetite for everything the New Year holds in store. We’ve chosen a color for every month of the year, to keep your projects fresh and your imagination spinning.
Over the next twelve months, we’ll go more in-depth, but for now, an introduction.
When people think of COTY, the next word in their minds might be ‘Pantone’ – the company that’s synonymous with color. The company provides language for designers in many fields to describe and discuss color, and has for many years. But they are most well-known for their COTY campaign. Color of the Year forecasting gained popularity in the 1990s as a marketing strategy, but has had enormous resonance in fashion and pop culture. Think of Meryl Streep’s exquisite monologue in ‘Devil Wear’s Prada’ about the life of Cerulean Blue. Think of Millennial Pink, the fond nickname for Pantone’s 2016 Color Rose Quartz. That color is everywhere, and it’s still going strong.
We offer you a bevy of gorgeous color-ways, to inspire you anew each month.
Vanilla is creamy and subtle. This color is all about high-fashion elegance. To start 2018 off right, start with simplicity.
Here are a few Lion Brand yarns that say Vanilla:
She’s softer than her Millennial Pink sister, and sweet. Antique will warm the coldest February days, and winks flirtatiously at Valentine’s Day.
For Lion Brand expressions of Antique:
Succulent hails the first shoots of spring, and honors all things thinking about beginning to bloom. Welcoming warmer weather and new growth with a bold green tone that leaves no doubt as to what’s to come.
Lion Brand sees Succulent in these yarn color-ways:
Persimmon sits right in the middle of orange and red on the color wheel, and it packs a punch. If spring came in like a lamb, it’s going out like a lion with this April color-way.
Some of Lion Brand’s Persimmon tones:
All things sunny & possible come in May’s color, Marigold. A warm honey, with a fullness & depth beyond plainer yellows. Marigold is fresh and smart, and just right for summer’s start.
Lion Brand’s nods to Marigold for May.
Azalea is confident, no-nonsense, and living her best life. June is for seizing the daytime hours, for warm weather that’s fully arrived, and for looking ahead to the summer season wearing rose-colored glasses.
Azalea is blooming in several Lion Brand yarns:
Clay is a fresh upgrade from the perennial Millennial Pink. It’s youthful, mid-summer flower-feeling brightness has us thinking of July’s happiest days. Clay is sophisticated for a statement piece, and has romantic vibes.
For Lion Brand’s Clay tones, look to:
Sapphire suggests excellence; a well-spend season, a fully-ripened blue ready to be celebrated. Sapphire is deepening in anticipation of fall, but still feels warm on summer nights. End-of-summer glory, the perfect blue to wear into fall.
For Lion Brand’s royal Sapphire hues, please note:
Plumwood sails into fall, picking up speed for a season of productivity. It’s sensible but sensual, transitioning well from day-time into evening, keeping pace with everything on your schedule for the day. It’s a little bit damask, but not at all demure.
To find Plumwood in Lion Brand tones, check out:
We’ll take a walk on the wilder side with Wolf in October. Organic and animalistic, Wolf howls to the moon as the weather turns cold. As we feel the first chill in the air, we turn to more robust colors to cozy up with for colder nights.
Lion Brand’s howling at the moon in these colors:
Chestnut is ruddy and ready for winter. Provisions are stocked, and the yarn cupboard is full for long nights of crafting. This color is tender and cozy, while retaining some youthful spunk. Ready for whatever the winter months will bring.
For Lion Brand’s odes to Chestnut, see:
Get festive and finish out the year with a bang! Chili will keep things nice and toasty as 2018 comes to a close, and keep us on our toes in case we thought we’d sneak through the holiday season without making a statement. Go boldly, gift boldly, and make the most of it!
Lion Brand finds Chili here:
We have loved putting together this forecast to take us through the next year in style, and we’d love to know what colors you’re looking forward to the most!
We’re infatuated, and we hope you are, too. Keep your eyes wide open for detailed posts and patterns to come, and be on the lookout for these colors as they saturate fashion and style all around you.