Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Knitting Trends

Following our trend-spotting theme we have turned our attention to what’s popular with knitters.

For this season the big trend in garments seems to be for delicate textures and lace.  These can look beautifully feminine and nostalgic.

This lovelyjumper from Bergere De France is knitted in a yarn that is as light as a feather. 

From RowanYarns Magazine 61 we spotted this cardigan for mother and daughter in their Soft Yak yarn. 

Fair Isle
We have also noticed a huge surge in interest in Fair Isle or stranded knitting.  

One of our biggest stars, Kate Davies, has been showcasing some really lovely designs including garments and accessories in her Inspired by Islay club.  The Oa is one of our favourites. 

We also love to keep an eye on what Martin Storey is up to. He has a new book out called Easy Fair Isle Knitting packed full of accessible designs.

Marie Wallin has a global following among Fair Isle aficionados and her website is packed full of beautiful designs.  We particularly love Finch which we thinks encapsulates her talent. 

Home Grown
With so many more yarn shops stocking yarns ‘grown’ and made in the UK, their popularity has been mushrooming. 

Little GreySheep yarns come from a flock of more than 250 Gotland and Gotland Merion crosses on a pretty farm near Farnham in Hampshire.  The yarn is spun in the southwest and then dyed by the brains behind the operation, Emma. 

Baa Ram Ewe launched their Titus yarn a few years ago which is a combination of Wensleydale, Blue Faced Leicester and UK Alpaca, and is spun in Yorkshire.  They have now added a new yarn called Dovestone which is a blend of Masham, Blue Faced Leicester and Wensleydale.  Definitely a couple of yarns for your wishlist. 

The KnitBritish podcast is a great way to keep up with new yarns and producers – make sure you sign up for the latest broadcast. 

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