What do you consider the latest trend in knitting? Cables, fair isle, ethnic, punk? Cowl necks, slim outlines, sparkly yarn, big sleeves…whatever?
I’m fascinated to hear what you have to say. On my part, I think cables are still as popular as it were four years ago–not just in knitting–but in commercial sweaters. Heck, I even saw a cabled bag the other day! In mainstream fashion–not just knitters–chunky knitted items are really popular in general. Models came stalking down runways in scarves so big, they threatened to engulf the skinny things and wearing just really cozy, comfy stuff (albeit in rather more fashion-forward shapes than I’m accustomed to.) My theory is that this is a reaction against troubled turbulent times–we turn to what is familiar and comforting.
As far as color goes, I watch the home furnishing industries. Color for most of the items we buy is controlled by a few, if not one entity, Patone Insitutute.
It decides what color cars will market, what home fashions I will buy–if I decide to buy–what colors will be marketed in clothing. Check its website. The design industries follow its decision. Yarn colors migrate toward it too. The last time I looked, tangerine tango is being introduced as Color of the Year 2012. I see some of this in Talbots Women’s clothing. Vibrant Neon Flamingo wall paired with neutral (sand,) hint of purple furniture and pillows, and dark woods. Acid Yellow tempered with softness of Seabreeze and Lilac are another combination. I am seeing a good mix of hot neon colors with soft pastels as well. It does take a while before all previous stock of old colors is sold before the new moves in.
Lace is big as ever in hand knitting and store bought stoles and shawls. It is seen in gloves, scarves, and beret-hats as well as ski-shape, pull-on hats. Cables are everywhere. If you have an upscale department or specialty shop in your area, browse through them to see where the trend is going. Look at major department stores in the North. New fashions gradually move South. So, what have you seen?
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
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