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Knitting and Pumpkin Pie: What do they have in common?

Nov 11, 2009

My sister doesn't like pumpkin pie, (I do not understand; does not compute) but her favorite color is orange. I was thinking about this yesterday as I was raking up orange and yellow and brown leaves, thinking about how pretty the fall colors are, even as I'm hating raking. There are so many beautiful colors of orange out there: pumpkin orange, saffron, tangerine, rust, ocher, that Crayola favorite Burnt Sienna, and so on!

I love orange, too, but it's not something that I knit with very often. In fact, I only have one knitted piece in orange—a lace vest that I made when I first started knitting. I think one reason I don't knit or wear much orange is because I think of it as going with black, and my high school colors are orange and black. When I wear orange and black I feel like I'm back in high school in the bleachers cheering for the Tigers!

Our special today is a bundle of magazines, and as I was flipping through my issues I was appreciating how well the editors choose projects that convey the feeling of the season. What jumped out at me this time was the color choices: nice, subtle color palettes for spring and summer, with just enough vibrant color choices to be exciting; and deep, warm, cozy colors for fall and winter. Take the Every Way Wrap in the Fall 2009 issue of Interweave Knits, for instance—it's the perfect fall orange: a dark, pumpkin pie orange.

So, in case you haven't gotten the memo, what knitting and pumpkin pie have in common is orange! It's fall, and orange is a fall color, and we're going to be making thousands of pumpkin pies in a couple of weeks, and today I'm going to conquer my high school demons and bring back the orange.

I've gone through our pattern store and picked out several patterns, plus a couple of free patterns that look great in orange, and here they are!

Citrus Yoke    Saffron Cables    Refined Raglan    Sienna
Citrus Yoke Saffron Cables  Refined Raglan Sienna Cardigan
Katie Himmelberg Kathy Zimmerman Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark Ann Smith

Citrus Yoke is a beautiful pullover that's knit in the round from the neck down with an interesting eyelet rib pattern on the yoke. The Saffron Cables afghan will keep you warm while you're knitting it and after you're knitting it! The Refined Raglan is full of simple styling: an eyelet pattern on the raglan portion of the sleeves, and a neat knitted hem on the bottom and sleeves. The Sienna Cardigan is a quick, worsted-weight knit with pretty, feminine touches along the button bands and the collar. (And it's also part of our free e-book Knit Cardigan Patterns From Knitting Daily: 7 FREE Knitting Patterns!)

Washington Square Vest    Tangelo     Wavy Orange Scarf     Fountain Hat
Washington Square Vest Tangelo Wavy Orange Scarf Fountain Hat
Simona Merchant-Dest Kate Kukra  Rebecca L. Daniels Katie Himmelberg

I love the variegated orange of the Washington Square Vest. This pattern incorporates lace on the edges and basketweave waist detailing. Tangelo is just what you need in the fall—a bouquet of flowers (and a fun, quick knit, too).

And now for two free patterns! The Wavy Orange Scarf will keep you interested as you knit—the wave pattern is one of those that's fun to watch develop. And the Fountain Hat is a wonderful gift option and a stash-buster! It's a small project that takes just under 400 yards of sock yarn. (And it's also part of our free e-book Knitting Lace: Knitting Daily Presents 7 FREE Knitted Lace Patterns!)

Well, that about wraps up my vacation to the Land of Orange. For a side trip, check out our Facebook post about orange yarns (about halfway down our page). And become a fan to get updates on your Facebook newsfeed!



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melinda-kq wrote
on Nov 20, 2009 4:48 PM

Both of my sons are proud black and orange Tiger graduats from Lakewood HS in Colorado.  I love the patterns and lessons on this site.  Thanks.

NancyL@2 wrote
on Nov 15, 2009 12:40 PM

I'm another who (for the most part) can't stand pumpkin, squash, yams/sweet-potato and other concoctions as desserts or as main dishes. Then along came Thanksgiving a few years ago and somebody brought her secret-recipe pie: pumpkin chiffon!!!!

On the other hand, I look pretty good in orange-related colors, but not strictly orange or pumpkin. Guess there's a reason I was judged to be an "autumn" ... 'lo those many years ago when everybody was finding their color-me-beautiful season.

TJCurry wrote
on Nov 12, 2009 4:09 PM

I have noticed that recently I no longer am receiving Knitting Daily in my email. Is there a reason for this? I miss receiving it each day. Please help!

KimW@22 wrote
on Nov 12, 2009 7:45 AM

I add heavy whipping cream (or half and half if I am feeling less luxurious) to my butternut squash soup instead of sour cream.  I add it when I am pureing it in my blender.  Yum!!!  You can also make this with pumpkin - but swap out the cayenne!

Kelsey@7 wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 8:04 PM

My school colors are (I'm still in highschool) orange and black too! Its great for spirit week because I can always buy Halloween themed decorations. I've never knit anything orange, also stuck with school spirit, I usually go for blues. Go Orioles! haha : )

ElizabethI wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 7:21 PM

Loved the orange!  My kids High school colors are orange and Purple!

JudyL@2 wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 6:28 PM

Hey! Orange and brown were my HS scholars, too, in Pittsburgh, but we were the Bears!!   Everyone else seems to laugh at orange and brown--nice to know a buddy who knits and who lives in the Northwest!! I'm going to try the recipe for Sunday for our Woolgatherers (spinners, knitters, and fiber lovers of all sorts!)


Ceci777 wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 4:31 PM

My email always comes through with botched html. I thought you might like to know. :-)

And what is that beautiful swatch yarn at the top left of the page? I'm sure the  manufacturer would want me to know as much as I want to know!


pioneer wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 3:38 PM


zoroastr wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 3:27 PM

I'd love to subscribe to a knitting magazine, but yours seem to contain precious little that would be of interest to male knitters.  I could be wrong, but this is the impression conveyed by the website.

--oh well...

on Nov 11, 2009 3:27 PM

Orange and black with a tiger as a mascot...any chance you went to Loveland High in Ohio????

SherylM wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 2:19 PM

Hi Kathleen, There is another reason you probably don't wear orange much, judging from your photo you have a similar complexion and hair colouring to mine and I look tired and unwell in orange. People with darker complexions and hair wear orange well, the same with yellows and those citrus colours that come back into fashion far too regularly.

Cheers from the land down under,


Jean@147 wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 12:13 PM

Every store in the mall attests to the fact that Christmas is just around the corner - except the yarn shop.  Yes, they do have the red and green yarn but where are the patterns????   I found crochet snowflakes but where are the knitting patterns for Santa, Rudolph, wreaths, candy canes and a snowman skating on a pond?   I don't want a Christmas stocking in green and red plaid.  This goes for Thanksgiving too.  Can't find turkeys or pilgrims, etc.  I did find a pumpkin sweater pattern that I made for my Granddaughter for Halloween but that was it.  Every year I look for these patterns and never can find them.  Why don't  any of the knitting pattern publishers have old-fashioned holiday patterns?

Jackie B wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 11:20 AM

I love orange (and pumpkin pie)!  Orange goes wonderfully with my favorite color, purple.  I started wearing orange when walking or cycling - makes it much easier for drivers to see me - and found that the more I wear it the better I like it.  My favorite shade is one that comes from dying wool with onion skins.

on Nov 11, 2009 11:02 AM

The yarn in the swatch is Tahki Taos, which is a bulky yarn. The colorway is "Autumn."

Eileen: The Sienna Sweater is free, you just have to download the free eBook. It's not a magazine subscription--it's a PDF, and if you're already a subscriber to Knitting Daily, you should just be able to download it, no problem. If you're not a Knitting Daily subscriber, you need to sign up. It's all free.

Thanks, Kathleen

MiaJ wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 10:57 AM

I had to comment that if you live in San Francisco and you have friends who go to Giants Games, you knit with lots of orange. It gets very cold at night even in the months of July and August.   I love making orange mittens and scarves for my friends and we always go to the "Stitch and Pitch" Games.  I have knitted orange socks, scarves, mittens, hats, sweaters and vests for myself and others.  I do not always make them in the bright colors of our team, but when you go to the games, it is great to see the sea of bright color.  

carla purdon wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 10:47 AM

I love the colors in the yarn displayed on Kathleen's 11-11 note.  Know what yarn it is?

ibcreative wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 9:53 AM

what is the yarn in the swatch?  It's beautiful!

on Nov 11, 2009 9:14 AM

Kathleen - what is the yarn in your swatch?  Looks like socks waiting to happen!

Sandy Rigby wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 8:26 AM

I love the yarn featured Tahki Taos, please advise the maker.  Sandy ~ Media, PA

Humbaaba wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 8:18 AM

What type of yarn is that first swatch? Does it come in sock yarn? I know someone who would love socks made out of that.


kraziknitter wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 8:01 AM

and i'm just the opposite - i could eat pumpkin pie (well, really just the filling) all day long but am not a big fan of orange unless it's a nice heather or rusty color

Sherie Adams wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 7:59 AM

I'm with your sister - I HATE pumpkin pie but I LOVE sweet potato pie.  My favorite is a recipe from "Southern Living" magazine.  My high school colors were also orange and black (we were the Birdville Buffalos) and I always felt like we were in Halloween land.  Yuk!  Not knitting with orange also has to do with skin tone - I cannot wear orange or gold - both make me look jaundiced.  I do love the Tahki Taos yarn you showed - I may have to check that out.  Thanks for the daily inspiration.

Eileen wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 7:58 AM

Don't care for turkey or pumpkin pie but I LOVE oranges, rusts and a whole array of colors in between, which look great with black slacks, white slacks or brown, even navy blue. However, I was quite disappointed that the FREE sweater pattern offer is not free at all, without ordering a subscription to another knitting magazine that I already own. How can I get in on the free pattern deal?

sherlome wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 7:43 AM

Luv your daily knits and all the wonderful ideas. Just wish there were more patterns for us guys to knit for "us guys", i.e. sweaters, vests, hats, etc.. More and more of "us guys" are taking up the knitting needles and would love to see more for us on your site. Appreciate all your hardwork and luv of the craft!


RobinH wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 7:42 AM

Cream, gold, and dark brown are all good pairs for orange, that won't make you look like you're trick-or-treating!

Caprifool wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 7:40 AM

Funny, I was writhing about yarns and pumpkin pie the other day.


JoyS@6 wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 7:31 AM

Gotta laugh - I'm another who doesn't like pumpkin pie (though I'm told I make a great one) but whose favourite colour is orange!