Either you have been living under a rock or orbiting in outer space this past year, if you missed out on the widespread cultural phenomenon that has elevated knitting from a quiet rec room hobby into a social dynamo. Online communities have embraced the yarnosphere like a duck to water, offering up a wealth of project ideas, pattern choices, instructional videos, knit-a-longs, and more importantly a place to support, share, and encourage each other’s passion for all things to do with yarn. Let’s enjoy the ride as we head into a new year with even more amazing possibilities.
The Top Ten Knitting Trends Of 2014-
10. Shark Bite! Once bitten, yet never shy about sweater hemlines that curve in an upwards arch. This flattering style from Mirasol’s Fall/Winter Collection raised eyebrows and got the green light from knitters confirming that this trend may be lurking just below the surface for awhile longer.
9. The Back Story! Its the surprise ending that created plenty of buzz this year, as cosy cardigans, plush pullovers and fancy vests flashed openwork panels on the flipside. Katia turned up the air conditioning during the hottest days of summer with this knockout t shirt knit in cool cotton ribbon.
Marblz by Knitter’s Pride
8. Candy Coating! Knitting needles have never looked so pretty thanks to newcomer Marblz from Knitter’s Pride. These twirly-whirly pointed sticks made of an acrylic composite are enhanced with a hand-blended marbling technique that makes every needle truly unique. Available in single points, double points, fixed and interchangeable circulars………..and they won’t melt in your hands.
Katia City Cocoon
7. Under Cover! After a brief hiatus, the cocoon has emerged again, grabbing the spotlight as an alternative style that blurs the lines between cardigan and shrug. This billowy contemporary design by Katia is knit from sleeve to sleeve in a self-striping yarn.
Ivy by Louisa Harding
6. Under The Big Top! Ponchos continue to multiply in popularity and have quickly became one of the year’s main attractions, as easy breezy cover ups that sizzle in the summer heat and feel like a cosy hug in the winter. Louisa Harding mesmerized knitters with this big and boxy silhouette, knit in Esquel.
Pullover by Debbie Bliss
5. Out Of The Shadows! Gradient shading made quite a stir in the knitting paintbox, spreading a wash of tone-on-tone hues onto everything from cowls to cardigans. This fab design by Debbie Bliss, utilizes three colours of Angel, blending two strands together to create a pleasing ombre effect.
Head Start by Sirdar
4. Hats Off To Pom Poms! They popped up in bright neon colours just in time for cold weather knitting and became the luxurious faux fur finish to a chunky hat or scarf. Sirdar Head Start (shown above).
Cowl Hood by Katia
3. In The Loop! We all know how wildly popular cowls have become, the ultimate fashion accessory with well over twenty thousand creative versions featured on ravelry. So it was only a matter of time before this trend morphed into the next best thing. Spurred on by social media the ‘cowl hood’ emerged providing yet another element of warmth to our winter armor. Katia added this boucle-trimmed beauty to their latest accessory collection.
Rasta by Malabrigo
2. In The Big League! As soon as the furnace heated up, the big guys like Rasta by Malabrigo rocked the yarnosphere. It was the delicious combination of extra thick squishy stitches and instant gratification that melted our hearts and caused demand to exceed supply.
Tim Hortons Warm Wishes Holiday Campaign
1. Social Buzz! The knitting universe gained a mega fan along the way as the iconic Canadian company, Tim Hortons unveiled their warm wishes campaign for the holiday season to encourage and spread good will. Coffee and tea drinkers sipped merrily away in paper cups adorned with cheery knit motifs while epic yarn bombings took place in Toronto and Fort Frances, Ontario proving that the magic of knitting can bring a community together.