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3 Favorite Trends for 2012

December 30th, 2011

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With 2011 quickly winding down, I’ve begun prepping my 2012 yarncrafting queue. I’ve noticed a lot of great trends in stores that are also appearing in knitting and crochet. Here are my 3 favorite trends that I’m adding to my to-do list.
Granny Squares
The classic granny square has become fashionable in a very big way. British fashion label House of Holland has embraced the trend with bright 70’s colors in tights, jackets, and more. For a modern touch, try more neutral tones, such as those featured in Etsy seller SheepishKnitCrochet’s cowl. My favorite thing about granny squares is that they look amazing in any yarn! I made the square in the upper right in Martha Stewart Crafts Alpaca Blend in Parakeet, Green Eucalyptus, and Meadow Green for a tonal look. Get inspired with more than 50 granny square patterns; click here to view them.

Faux Fur
Faux fur is perfect for keeping cozy in winter. Of course, neutral accessories are always popular, such as this furry Gap hat (center) and our Cushy Crochet Cowl (right). This season, fur is taking on bright, bold shades, including this pink Paula Lishman shrug. Try using Luxe Fur for a plush look, or use Fun Fur or Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter Eyelash for an exciting pop of color.

Gradual Stripes
Traditional stripes are always in style, and a new wave of slowly shifting striped yarns has modernized this classic look. This trend is especially popular in sweaters, pictured here from British brand House of Fraser (left) and popular American retailer Urban Outfitters (right). Yarns like Amazing (pictured center in the Knit Shapely Stripes Pullover), Tweed Stripes, Homespun, and Vanna’s Colors create this bold color effect without having to change skeins.

What trends have you noticed for the upcoming year? What are you adding to your to-do list? Let us know in the comments!

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  • http://twitter.com/artlikebread Art,LikeBread (Cami)

    I think you are right on target with these trends.  As for construction, I think that finger knitting/crocheting, loom knitting on all kinds of looms, and weaving are coming up.  Even triangular weaving looms are becoming more popular.  Those are trends I see here in Mexico.  The more ways to craft with yarn, the better!

  • bookworm

    I agree with your choice of trends, even though I wish the 3rd one weren’t so on target. I wish you had at least shown 1 vertically-knit pullover that would look so much better on those millions of us who are overweight!  Horizontally-knit striped garments are much too unappealing on too many of us!  Please have a heart!!

    • Mcjude

      One of the rejected choices for the fall knit along is a vest that can easily be transformed into a vertical stripe.  I made three of them for Christmas presents using a (K-P-K)(K-P-K) row pattern which made a nice stripe.  Everyone loved them!

    • Sueashman

      I for one now like this trend. For the first time in more years than I can remember, I am down 35# and can now wear this kind of stuff again.

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  • Lydagrace

    You have got to be kidding, If I had a dollar for every granny square I’ve made…well, you know. I guess it’s time to pull out the two granny afghan’s that were put away years ago and put them together for someone. I think my grandaughter would LOVE those leggings…gonna check those out.

  • Didi

    oh im so gonna make that granny square cowl!! thats awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/beverly.scholz Beverly Scholz

    Made the cowl with the faux fur….hard to see your stitches, but looks nice when project is completed. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-S-Williams/100001078443744 Jennifer S. Williams

    And Pantone just named Tangerine Tango as the color of the year for 2012; so now I am just crazy for anything orange!!

    • Sueashman

      I have always liked orange. So, this is great news for me.

  • Cathy

    I made a scarf and hat out of Amazing over Christmas break. I like it so much that I purchased more Amazing yarn and downloaded the free shawl collared sweater from Lion Brand site. 

  • Mofaces

    Am knitting a cowl tunic with Amazing yarn in a few colors, aurora and wildflower and ruby for color variety… looks very cool….

  • Timetoknitagain

    making that cowl tonite!

  • Cathyrojas520

    I can’t stand granny squares :(

  • Scmgsarah

    Even though I loath Granny Squares, I have to admire how they are using them. I don’t want to even imagine the time it takes to assemble those leggings!! I do love them though!

  • beaches

    Granny squares. Yuck. I did the 70’s once, that was enough.

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