Color Trends for 2012

The Cambridge Jacket by Ann Budd is the perfect way to add some tangerine to your life!

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas! I did, and now I'm looking forward to celebrating the new year. I can't believe it's going to be 2012. I remember so clearly celebrating the new year in 2000, and it's actually twelve years later. Doesn't seem possible.

Something that comes with each new year is fashion forecasts and trends. Even though I don't adhere to many trends, I do enjoy seeing what designers and color fashion forecasters come up with. Trends are especially interesting to me when applied to knitwear.

With each new knitting pattern book and magazine I see, there seem to be some trends being followed, but I find that in knitwear, trends are given a nod but the patterns are most often practical and wearable. Of course, you can always find the totally trendy pattern, but I like to think of those designs as being just for fun, although I know that some young, adventurous knitters enjoy knitting the trendiest patterns available. More power to them! I love seeing those knits walking around, just not on me.

Color is where those of us who are a little more traditional can employ trends. I love my gray, brown, and black, but I also like to step out of the box a bit and do a few things a year in bright—or just different—colors.

Here are the color forecasts for 2012. I know I'll be able to introduce some of these fun hues into my knitting life.

"70s appliances": Gold, almond, avocado green, and muted mustard. I love the name of this group! It conjures up a rental I lived in while in college. And I just knitted a cowl in avocado green, so I think I'm all set with this group!

Layered nuetrals: Oatmeals, browns, tans, and grays. This is my happy place, and I think I've pretty much got it covered with this group (although I can't promise not to add to it throughout the year).

Pastels: Blush pink, robin's egg blue, and mint green. This might be my biggest challenge. I'm just not a pastel person, but I do like pink so maybe I'll explore that for a pullover or something. Or maybe a beautiful lace scarf.

Graphic Black and White: This combo is being used in geometric, bold applications, which is pretty exciting. I love the idea of a black and white Fair Isle sweater. (I didn't include a photo of the colors black and white—you know what they look like!)

Tangerine Tango: This is the color company Pantone's choice for 2012. Orange can be a polarizing color—people either love it or hate it, there's not much middle ground with this color. I happen to love it. I have a couple of summer tees and a light-weight cardi in tangerine. I just love Ann Budd's tangerine Cambridge Jacket, pictured above. I think it would look great on a woman (me!), too. And I might have to make an orange cowl so I can wear it with my black coat this winter; black and orange is such a striking combo. Cowls are one of my favorite knitted accessories because they're so fast and you can use those special one-skein purchases you made on impulse.

We have all kinds of patterns for the colors of 2012, and they're on sale until 12/28/11, too! Read on to see how you can join the trendy this year.


P.S. What's your favorite group of colors? Leave a comment and let me know!

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