living coral: pattern ideas

Is it just me, or do you also feel like this year’s color is already in the past? It’s weird, isn’t it, this feeling that weeks are months and months are years. Maybe that’s why I’m not publishing that much at the moment, time is flying by way too quickly. In any case, I did search some nice coral patterns, but I must say I am underwhelmed by my findings. Maybe because, as lovely as this color is, I find it often looks quite old fashioned in hand knits. Here is a short selection that helps get an idea of what a Living Coral knitting project could look like.

C’est moi, ou vous avez aussi l’impression que la couleur de l’année est déjà loin derrière nous ? C’est vraiment étrange, ce sentiment que les semaines sont des mois et les mois des années. C’est peut-être pour cela que je ne publie pas beaucoup en ce moment, le temps passe juste trop vite. En tout cas, je devais vous trouver des idées de patron couleur corail, mais je dois dire que je ne suis pas emballée par mes découvertes. Sans doute parce que, aussi jolie soit-elle, je trouve que cette couleur fait vite vieillot sur des tricots. Voici tout de même une petite sélection pour vous donner une idée de ce que pourrait donner un projet en Living Coral.

©Interweave, Drops Design, Simply Knitting, The Jewell’s Handmade, Petite Knits

From left to right, top and bottom – De gauche à droite, haut puis bas :

I think I prefer Living Coral in small doses (or slightly larger ones like in my latest sweater). I still have in mind this pretty pattern for spring. And I might have enough cotton left in my stash to pull this out. What do you think? Should I try? Stranded knitting in cotton might be tricky, so I should definitely do a large enough swatch first before diving right in.

Je crois que je préfère vraiment Living Coral en petites touches (ou un peu plus grandes comme dans mon dernier pull). J’ai toujours à l’esprit ce joli patron pour le printemps. Et je crois qu’il me reste assez de coton en stock pour y arriver. Qu’en pensez-vous ? Je me lance ? Le jacquard en coton, ça m’a l’air un peu compliqué, alors je devrais d’abord faire un bel échantillon avant de plonger tête baissée. 

© Novita Knits

And for those who prefer crochet, this blog post below gives you a list of suggestions you might like.
Et pour les crocheteuses, le blog ci-dessous donne une sélection de patrons qui pourraient vous plaire.

Living Coral-Pantone Color of the Year 2019

7 thoughts on “living coral: pattern ideas

  1. Perhaps it depends on how flattering that coral color is to one’s complexion… I adore the first sweater you showed, with the pockets! Good luck with the stranded sweater. It is really lovely but stranded knitting in cotton can be a bit heavy. Swatching sounds like an excellent idea!!

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    • Yes, I’m having second thoughts on this. Stranded cotton seems quite daunting, and not sure I have enough yarn left to pull this off. So yes, a swatch is a must before deciding anything.

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  2. Yes, I see what you mean. The sock are very lovely but socks always look good. That stranded pullover, however, looks so beautiful! If you can do it and if – especially IF – it’s the type of garment you’d wear, do it for sure! Myself,

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  3. Une jolie sélection, c’est vrai que le corail ce n’est pas une couleur facile à associer … Je pense qu’elle a besoin de rayonner au soleil pour se révéler … comme toi je trouve que le temps passe très vite en ce moment, l’été est déjà à notre porte.

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  4. I have to say that I agree with you; perhaps coral is better as an accent colour (like for nail polish). I think that to feel “new” it should have more orange than pink, so that it “pops” more, rather than looking refined and proper. I have never had much success at stranding with cotton and prefer to strand with lighter weight yarns (fingering weight works best for me).

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