Peach Perfect: Knitwear Featuring Pantone’s Color of the Year Peach Fuzz

Aquarelle Shawl by Olive Knits

When Pantone announced the 2024 Color of the Year, I let out an audible groan. Peach Fuzz, really? Is this what we get when artificial intelligence picks color trends? To say I wasn’t in love would an understatement. I wasn’t nearly as inspired as I was with last year’s color, Viva Magenta. I’ve had a few weeks now to get used to the color and I’ll be the first to admit, I was wrong. Peach Fuzz needs to be on your needles, let me tell you why.

Accent for Accessories

Sporty Stripe Cowl from Olive Knits
Peach tones compliment many other shades on the color wheel and will meld perfectly into multi-colored accessories.
Pattern: Sporty Stripes Cowl

Peachy pink tones play very well with other colors. While not exactly “Peach Fuzz” per se, the variegated pink used for contrast-color 1 in the Sporty Stripes Cowl has moments of peach throughout the tonal skein. It’s the perfect accent color with gold and Kelly green when balanced with creamy white. It also works well with blues and purples, too! Accessories with subtle spots of this color allow you to feel trendy without fully committing to an entirely peachy project.

Natural with Neutrals

Aquarelle Shawl by Olive Knits
Pantone’s Color of the Year Peach Fuzz works well with neutrals. Pattern: Aquarelle Shawl

Not a fan of putting together color combinations? You don’t need to overthink what will work with Peach Fuzz, just grab an undyed skein. Peach pairs beautifully with natural and neutral tones. You can see this on show in the Aquarelle Shawl which uses Gran Reserva yarn in Lady Marmalade (peach/coral) and Oat Milk Latte (natural/tan). The finished shawl wraps you in a dreamy watercolor effect with two low-contrast shades. It’s the perfect look for Spring.

Sweetcake is a gorgeous crescent shaped shawl that’s peach perfect. Pattern: Sweetcake

The Sweetcake Shawl is another beautiful project that is perfect for Spring. Marie was inspired by fancy French desserts she saw in shop windows when visiting Europe and echoes their delicate details in this design. The peach color used in the sample is just as delicate.

Peach Fuzz Fun

Peach tones are a great way to have fun with texture in your knitting! Pattern: Discombobulated Cowl

If you love to have fun with texture when you knit, peach colored yarns are just the right color to show that off texture. Darker shades can hide some stitch work such as baubles or cables. The light and mid-range shades like Peach Fuzz highlight those elements. The texture of the Discombobulated Cowl is irresistible in peach! You just want to squish it.

What do you think of Pantone’s 2024 color selection? Are you a fan? Grab a peachy skein from your stash and cast on one of these peach perfect projects.

Since 2003, serial yarn sniffer Kerry Bogert has been immersed in the craft industry, captivated by the art of making. A prolific creator, award-winning author, and sought-after educator, she has held influential roles as the Editorial Director of Craft Books at two publishing houses and as the Editor of Interweave Knits magazine. Kerry’s colorful approach to crafting and her dedication to fostering creativity have inspired countless individuals to explore their creative potential. Her passion for making things is matched only by her love for her children and a nice glass of wine. Kerry knits and crafts from her home in upstate New York.  

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