Knitting in Ultra Violet: Playing with the Pantone Color of the Year

Every year, I look forward to seeing what the Pantone Color of the Year will be. I don’t necessarily do much with the information (for example, 2016’s dual colors of Rose Quartz and Serenity were not my favorites), but when the color does happen to suit my fancy, I look forward to seeing lots of yarn, patterns, and ready-to-wear garments that I’m sure to like.

This year’s Color of the Year, Ultra Violet, is one I can get behind. As a hazel-eyed blonde with a cool complexion, this blue-heavy, intense purple is super flattering on me, and I can’t wait to knit myself something nice . . . maybe even my first-ever sweater?

I combed through back issues of Interweave Knits, knitscene, knit.wear, and various special issues in search of Ultra Violet, and I found 8 patterns I absolutely love. Plus, the colorway names for all these purple shades are really fun: dragonfly, sweet plum, and mystic are a few favorites!

If you’d like to knit something in the Pantone Color of the Year along with me, maybe one of these Ultra Violet knitting patterns will catch your eye!


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Zigzag Mesh Pullover, knit.wear Spring/Summer 2014

Zig-zagging panels of mesh, cuff plackets, and a split hem are high-end details in a simply-constructed pullover. This is a strong contender for my first-ever knitted sweater. I just love how this pullover is styled with orange pants in the magazine—what a daring pairing for Ultra Violet!

Finished Size: 34.75 (37.25, 42.75, 45.25, 50.75, 53.25)” bust circumference.
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine (80% superwash wool, 20% silk; 248 yd/2.25 oz): #7816 dragonfly, 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins. Yarn distributed by Blue Sky Alpacas.


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Mirth Tunic, knitscene Winter 2016

I deeply love a sleeveless turtleneck sweater, especially one with a gorgeous lace panel down the front like the Mirth Tunic. Emma Welford’s flattering design is another strong contender for my attentions in 2018, although having already knitted a sleeveless top, I really would like to tackle sleeves this time around.

Finished Size: 29.25 (33.25, 37.5, 41.5, 45.75, 49.75)” bust circumference.
Yarn: Mountain Meadow Wool Salem (98% merino, 2% silk; 230 yd/3.5 oz): pansy, 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins.


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State Fair Cardigan, Interweave Knits Winter 2014

I love how the dramatic cables catch and hold the eye in Heather Zoppetti’s beautiful State Fair Cardigan, though I’m intimidated at the thought of doing such advanced cables while also tackling my first sweater. These cables really are something special, though, especially in rich Ultra Violet.

Finished Size: 31 (34.5, 38, 42.5, 46, 49.5)” bust circumference, buttoned.
Yarn: Imperial Yarn Erin (100% wool; 225 yd/4 oz): #341 sweet plum, 5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 8) skeins.


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Haubergeon Sweater, Knitting Traditions Fall 2017

When I first saw this beautiful design by Emma Welford, my jaw dropped. Those stunning, intricately latticed saddle-shoulder sleeves, though! Inspired by the mail shirts traditionally worn under armor, this sweater is perfect for my Medieval-enthusiast sister, a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Maybe she’ll luck out and I’ll make this sweater as a Christmas present for her . . . next year!

Finished Size: 30.25 (34.75, 38.25, 41.75, 46.25, 49.75)” bust circumference.
Yarn: The original yarn used in this project, The Fibre Co. Organik, has been discontinued. A good substitute is The Fibre Co. Cumbria Worsted (60% merino wool, 30% brown masham wool, 10% mohair; 238 yd/3.5 oz): Purple Moor Grass, 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 6) skeins.


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Ice Rink Pullover, Interweave Knits Winter 2015

I absolutely love to knit bobbles, and so Tammy Eigeman Thompson’s Ice Rink Pullover is a tempting choice for my foray into Ultra Violet. I love the clever cowl neck, designed to show the right side of the pattern when folded down. It would be fun to make the pullover just a little bit longer, so I could wear it as a tunic with leggings!

Finished Size: Size 36 (38.5, 40.25, 43, 44.75, 47.5, 49.25, 52)” bust circumference.
Yarn: Yarn Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino (60% baby suri alpaca, 40% merino; 164 yd/3.5 oz): #426 mystic, 9 (9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13) skeins.


Ultra Violet Accessories

Even if you don’t want a whole sweater in the Pantone Color of the Year, it’s always fun to have a few rich purple accessories!

Wallis Shawl, knitscene Accessories 2015

A decadently soft yak yarn makes this lace shawl a must for next-to-skin wearing. Easy to dress up or down to match any outfit, this shawl gives you just a taste of Ultra Violet.

Finished Size: 61″ wide and 17″ tall.
Yarn: Bijou Spun by Bijou Basin Ranch Sport Weight (100% yak; 328 yd/3.5 oz): violet, 2 skeins.

Visby Socks, knitscene Spring 2016

Worked from the top down, these socks begin with a sturdy but flexible German twisted cast-on at the leg. A seed-stitch chevron motif and an eye-of-partridge heel-flap keep this sock interesting to knit!

Finished Size: About 7.25 (8.5″) foot circumference, 8.5 (10)” foot length from back of heel to tip of toe, and 9.75 (11.25)” leg length from top of cuff to base of heel.
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sock (100% superwash merino wool; 395 yd/120 g): Heuchera (purple), 1 skein for each size.

Lace Basket Scarf, Interweave Knits Gifts 2015

Explore an unusual stitch combination of knit-purl basketweave and lace. This Ultra Violet scarf will add a rich pop of color to your wardrobe, while still fitting in easily with neutrals, denim, and even oranges and yellows!

Finished Size: 7.5″ wide and 60″ long.
Yarn: Bergére De France Alaska (50% wool, 50% acrylic; 60 yd /1.75 oz): #29936 cassis, 4 balls.

So what do you think of Ultra Violet as the Pantone Color of the Year? Are you seeing purple in your knitting future for 2018? Let me know in the comments!

Yours in Stitches,

Stunning Ultra Violet Knitting Patterns to Savor

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