Since 2000 the Pantone Color Institute has announced a “Colour of the Year”. They base this colour not only on forecasting trends but by considering the deeper meanings behind colour and how it represents the world in that year. This year the colour is Ultraviolet – a deep blue-based purple.

Pantone chose Ultraviolet because it signifies that “we are living in a time of inventiveness and imagination”. The colour represents not only the night sky and the limitless possibilities of exploring the universe, but is also a colour associated with counterculture and artistic brilliance, especially shown with musicians Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix.

So how can you get it into your knitting and crochet projects? While you may not find an exact colour match, opt for shades of purple. Purple gives a sense of luxury and beauty – there’s a reason it’s associated with royalty. Pantone recommend coupling Ultra Violet with other colours, such as red and blue, or gold and metallic. Green, greys and ultraviolet tones evoke a “natural elegance”.

Cluster by Wendi Turchan

Or how about getting Ultra Violet into your arts and crafts projects or home decorating? Saatchi Art, the world’s leading online art gallery, has partnered with Pantone to create a collection of limited edition prints with internationally-renowned artists. Their prints, they say, will allow “lovers of Ultra Violet to experience the colour in their everyday lives”. We think a purple print would look lovely in a grey room.

Will you be plumping for purple in your projects this year?

  • See our Ultraviolet-inspired purple Pinterest board here.
  • Melanie Porter’s new year’s resolution is to use more ultraviolet tones in her makes. Read other knitting resolutions for 2018 here.
  • For a free purple knitting pattern table mat, here.