Ten years ago, who could have predicted the incredible upsurge that has taken place in the knitting universe? Its a whirling twirling force of nature propelled by Pinterest, Ravelry, Facebook and other forms of social media, opening up the doors and windows to create a welcoming community readily available 24-7, encouraging and inspiring knitters to share projects, and sometimes offering a few uplifting words that could mean the world to someone faraway.
Its been a year of inter-knit sensations that captivated our hearts with everything from mermaid tails to baa-ble hats, and it has also been a time of unforeseen events and global disasters far beyond our control. The common element that draws knitters together is the age-old practice of intertwining stitches on two needles, a form of relaxation that not only creates something tangible and handmade, but also shields us from the noise and lets us continue to believe that everything will be alright.
Top Ten Knitting Trends of 2015-
1. Going dotty! Out of the shadows and straight onto our needles, speckled yarns have won over the masses with their fun freckled appearance and yarn dyers are geared up to keep the trend rolling well into spring and summer. Big Merino Tweedy (shown above) by Katia.
2. Two peas in a pod! Just in the St. Nick of time for holiday gifting, Knitter’s Pride merged the comfort and warmth of wooden needles together with the slick speed of metal tips in the Royal Interchangeable Needles Set. This stylish boxed collection had hearts thumping, fingers twitching and yarn shops all in a fluster trying to keep up with demand.
3. Ribbon riot! Not since the era of Flashdance and over-moussed hairdos have we seen such an appealing array of twisty-twirly tape yarns dyed in solids, ombres, prints or stripes. Summer was their season to shine in the sun with an easy breezy pattern selection of cotton tees, tunics, cowls, shawls, and cardigans. Delphi (shown above) by Debbie Bliss.
4. Out of the box! Knitwear designs took on a more relaxed vibe during 2015, with boxy tops gaining ground as the must-knit style. The symmetrical shape and comfy over-sized fit created a versatile top layer over leggings, jeans or capris. Domino Top (shown above) knit in Mali by Katia.
5. A caped affair! As soon as the first layer of frost hit the ground, cold shoulders were covered and cloaked in styles inspired by the Inverness Cape made famous by Sherlock Holmes. See more of our favorite capes here.
6. The cat’s meow! No animals were harmed in the making of these mega-popular scarves, which appeared in kits with pre-knit faces and dangling appendages ready to attach. Look for more critters coming soon to your lys, including a plush teddy bear scarf kit and a two-tone puppy dog accessory kit. Katia Cat Scarf Kit (shown above).
7. Hats off to tradition! The ‘toque’ took the top spot in head gear, a nostalgic nod to winter and the great outdoors. This classic style complete with pom pom was made famous by hockey legend, Jacques Plante, the first goalie to wear a mask on the ice and also well-known for knitting his own collection of warm wool toques. Nordic Hat (shown above) knit in Mirasol Yaya.
8. The stitch of the year! Sounding more like a fresh-baked pastry in a Parisian cafe, the word ‘brioche’ rolled off our tongues with ease and knitters wanted more of this fascinating slip stitch technique characterized by a plump and squishy texture. Along came the two colour version which mesmerized us with its reversible appearance. That is just the tip of the iceberg, as designers continue to bedazzle us this year with more innovative ways to use this fabulous stitch. See instructions here.
9. The shawl is the thing! Yes, shawls are the most-knit accessory of 2015 with over forty thousand patterns to drool over at any time of the day or night on Ravelry. There is a magical quality about shawls, they can swirl around a neckline and dress up an outfit in a flash, or sit snugly across the shoulders showing off their intricate beauty. Our newest design Cloud Cover (shown above). Warning: Shawl knitting may become habit-forming.
10. Knit-Alongs! That is the buzzword of 2015 which has inspired knitters all around the world to pick up their needles and join in the fun. Social media created the ideal platform for this new breed of knitting activity, offering easy access and an instant community of followers. In the fall of 2015, Sirdar came out with a Noah’s Ark knit-along (shown above) featuring one free knitting pattern released every two weeks with the finish line well-timed for holiday gifting. A series of six adorable animal pairs are available here to download.