Knitting is no longer your grandmother's hobby. This year has brought newfound knitting excitement among younger generations, who are concerned with self-sufficiency and sustainability.
With little more than a few simple stitches and some practice, beginner knitters can easily knit up a blanket, scarf, or even a sweater. Social media is overflowing with knitting posts and knitting trends abound.
The Lion Brand 2022 Culture Report revealed the top trends in knitting for this year and we love where things are headed.
Following the Olympics, where millions of people watched the athletes receive stunning cashmere bouquets, florals are on the rise. From tulips, roses, and lilies making their way onto blankets and sweaters to knitted floral embellishments, we are seeing more floral patterns than in past years.
The virtual knitting community is active and growing. Whether you belong to an online knitting group, have taken a virtual knitting class, or love to post about knitting on social media, knitting is a much Tweeted, Snapped, and Facebooked topic. To take it a step further, knitted fabrics have recently been added to some of the biggest AI art platforms.
The increased number of space launches has rocketed space dyeing into popularity. A small batch, hand dyeing method, space dyeing involves dyeing yarn with multiple colors to create mostly random, abstract patterns.
Knitting continues to be named as a top stress and anxiety reliever, helping people feel happier. Olympic athletes and even Michelle Obama have spoken publically about the personal benefits of knitting this year. During a time of global conflict, knitting is a welcome repreive.
The knitted temperature blanket craze has continued to grow through 2022, documenting some record high and low temperatures around the world. Temperature blankets are year-long projects that document your local temperature. Colors are assigned for temperature ranges and each row or number of rows is assigned to a day. The final product is a multi-colored blanket that records daily temperatures. So cool.
Working from home for more than two years through the pandemic has placed an emphasis on comfort. Knitted loungewear is on the rise. Patterns for comfy knitted cardigans and hoodies, cozy socks, and beanies are everywhere we look and we aren't complaining one bit.
As we near the end of 2022, we can't wait to see what the new year has in store for us. What new knitting trends await?