Pantone is the leading company in color, providing guidance in color selection and creation for the world’s designers and manufacturers. The company has announced a Color of the Year ever since 2000, starting with Cerulean. This choice is based on what’s popular in the world in all areas including art, entertainment, industrial design, jewelry, fashion, automotive industry…the list goes on and on.
The color of 2013 is Emerald (Pantone 17-5641). According to Pantone, this jewel-toned color represents “balance and harmony, new life, and healing and unity”. You can learn more about this color here on Pantone’s website . The dual effect that Emerald has is amazing. It’s vibrant and rich, yet it can be soothing and calming at the same time. Emeralds, the gems themselves, actually range in colors from yellow-greens to blue-greens, though many people today might associate the color with particular shade from the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz.
Whether you design your own knits or just like staying on top of trendy colors for knitting up your projects, the Pantone site  is a great place to learn more about color. Pop on over and get some color inspiration. And be sure to learn more about Emerald, the 2013 Color of the Year.
Here are a few emerald-inspired knitting and crochet projects that will get you in the mood for this trendy color!
The moss stitch in these Emerald Green Handwarmers  definitely pops thanks to the emerald green yarn. Knit these cute little mitts to stay stylish (and to keep those hands warm)!
Here’s hoping that the Lucky Green Necklace  actually does bring good luck! Crochet a number of petite circles and attach them to a chain for a fetching little necklace. Combine emerald with other shades of green for a fun accessory.
Incorporate emerald into your home with a Granny Ripple Afghan . Use emerald as the main green color or just add it as the accent. Either way you’ll have a blanket that brings some character to the room.You can even use it to draw attention to a certain area or piece of furniture.