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5 Knit and Crochet and Yarn Trends for 2015

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5 Knit and Crochet and Yarn Trends for 2015

1. Big Yarns: Fast Finish Projects


Our number one trend prediction for 2014 (Big, Bigger, Better) was right on target and will continue to be one of the most important trends in 2015. This year we’ll be seeing more chunky knits and fast-finish crochet projects as the most popular yarns of the last year continue to be important. In our line, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Heartland Thick & Quick® and Country® are all category 6 super bulky weight yarns that make your projects work up quickly while being on-trend with lush, big stitches. Big yarns not only work up quickly but they also have rich texture and great stitch definition that you don’t usually see in store bought items. With the maker revolution in full swing, crafters want show that their work was made by a human being!

2. Oversized Fashions: Flattering Everyone

The “big” trend is now important in the world of fashion as well.  Big, oversized fashions are appearing everywhere at retail, and knitters and crocheters who want to be on trend will have scores of new patterns this year to do just that.  We’ll be showing oversized sweaters and ponchos as fashion takes a turn to the looser, more comfortable and flattering styles so many people love to wear.

To give you an idea of what’s in store, the graphic below shows three of our newest designs (#1, #2 & #6) and three fashion world examples of the oversized trend.

1) Cozy Cowl Pullover in Homespun® Thick & Quick® 2) Kimono Sleeve Pullover in Landscapes® 
3) 25 Ways to Style an Oversized Sweater 4) Hat by Berenika Czarnota, Knitwear Designer 5) Burberry Blanket Coat
6) Andover Poncho in Heartland

3. Scarfie: Sharing Your Crafting Story


The #Scarfie hashtag has exploded with people sharing their scarves, shawls and cowls on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and just about everywhere else online.  When we knit or crochet, we’re creating something never seen before and that feeling of accomplishment is something that can now be appreciated by our social circle, in addition to ourselves and the people we craft for.

When you share what you’ve made using the #Scarfie hastag and the @lionbrandyarn name, we’ll share your creativity with over half a million yarn lovers on our Facebook page.  Check out the smiling faces (one of them could be yours) on our #Scarfie Gallery.

4. Color: Bright, Bold and Self-Striping

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Knit Charleston Garden Blanket
Ice Cream
Crochet Over the Rainbow Scarf
Knit Coney Island Scarfie

Color won’t be timid in 2015 – even babies will be wearing bright colors! What gets an afghan or sweater noticed? It’s color.  So go ahead and “wow” people with bold, bright colors that pop with our newest self-striping yarns.  Self-striping yarns have the extra advantage of making you look like an expert because the color changes, which would be time consuming and challenging if every color required a new ball of yarn, are made seamlessly and effortlessly.

5. Fur Trim: See It, Make It, Wear It

Faux fur has been popular for the last several years and in 2015 you’ll see it continue to be used for garments – everything from capes and sweaters to trim for accessories like hoods and gloves. With our incredibly soft new yarn Pelt, you can add a surprisingly real-looking fur accent.

1) Singer Rhianna wearing fur cape at Paris Fashion Week; Make it: A Winter’s Tale Poncho
2) Eli Saab Fall / Winter Collection 2015; Make it: Winter’s Tale Cowl
3) Fashion Blogger, Rumi Neely wearing fur collar at Milan Fashion Week; Make it: Luxe Collar
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  • Love it all. Bright colors, quick projects, even the fur.

    • Fur is miserable to crochet with. I can’t stand it. And quick projects have no challenge, no artistry. I want to be able to proudly say I put a lot of thought & effort into my projects.

      • I have to agree about the quick projects. The runway is showing a lot of lacy crochet garments a la Doris Chan that use finer yarns. There’s a lot of satisfaction creating these timeless pieces of art.

        • I am so with you Janet. Want to make something elegant, artistic, intricate or unusual. I want something with a little thought and time. Maybe some cables, etc.

      • I agree 100%. Also dislike this “new” big look. It is really old and looks good on skinny skinny people. Not interested.

  • I love the Thick ‘N Quick lines – they work up so quickly and are so cuddly warm!

    • That’s great to hear! I love them too for very last-minute gifts.

  • Love the oversize sweater, but all your styling tips were for 21 year old, 6′ tall size 2’s. How bout us dumpier 5″2′ size 8’s or larger? We still love the sweaters and make them, then either have to look ridiculous or give them away to our taller friends!

    • Totally agree with you. I see a pattern I love the look of, make it, try it on………oh dear, I look like an outsize puffball………

      • Since oversized fashions are the trend in the fashion world, we wanted to share with you how this look will be popular. There are ways to make oversized fashions look good on petite frames. Here’s a style blog with some ideas for you.

        • The link you provided just showed ideas for smaller thin girls. How about some ideas for the more robust. Ignoring us doesn’t make us not there and we like to look as nice as we can too, no matter what our weight.

        • Petite? I’m not petite, I’m plump, zaftig, wobbly, cushioned etc. And oversize stuff just accentuates that. Well, there’s always next year I guess or sticking with old favourites. 😉

    • This was my fist thought too. How about fashion tips and ideas for real women’s bodies?

      • Thin women are real women too. I hate that “real woman” expression. REAL women come in all sizes, from small to large.

    • If you don’t know how to adjust the patterns, I’m sure there are some out there that will adjust the pattern for you, likely for a fee. Try Ravelry.

      • I don’t think she wanted to adjust the pattern, like me, she was looking for something more flattering to a ‘mature’ body. Still a good point about finding sizing tips.

  • Fitted fashions flatter everyone. Oversized fashions don’t flatter anyone, and only avoid looking completely ridiculous on the tall, young, and slender.

  • Arm knit? So sick of seeing this, as it isn’t knit at all and is so ugly I don’t know why anyone would want to do it. What a waste of yarn!

    • I totally agree! So many other prettier ways to use your yarn.

    • So totally agree with Patti F They are just plain ugly!

      • It’s sad. I was thinking of joining the knitting world but from all these negative comments it seems like a really close minded judge-mental community. someone calling something just plain ugly and a waste of time seems really harsh. I guess I had a false presumption that a community of creative people would want to give tips and foster creativity in others instead of being so judge mental over styles they personally wouldn’t wear. If everyone had the same taste on clothing the world would be so boring and drab. Embrace differences and don’t be so damn judgemental. Your ugly words can discourage new people honestly trying to learn a new thing.

        • Well, that was just my opinion and I will stand by it. With all of the beautiful patterns out there, you don’t have to not knit because of other’s opinions. It was just my opinion. I am sure you will have many favorite go to patterns if you begin knitting. Please do not allow one person’s idea or opinions give you an “out” for not learning a wonderful skill.

        • I am sorry if you felt my comments on “arm knitting” would keep you from knitting. I would hope that you would indeed learn to knit, my comment was about the anti-knit fad called “arm knitting”. A beautifully knit project is a sight to behold. If you look at what they call “arm knitting” you will not see beauty, you will see sloppy looking, unfinished looking, things. However, I still thought that everyone was entitled to their opinion, even me.

        • It’s not being “judgemental”. It’s her opinion and she’s entitled to it. What a horrible world it would be if we could never speak our minds for fear that it might offend someone. I think it’s ugly and sloppy too. It’s not real knitting. I understand why some people are into it though and I think it’s a great way for people to get introduced to crafts and for people with dexterity issues. I still don’t like the look of it personally. It’s ugly and sloppy to me. You’re entitled to disagree and that’s fine. The fact that we disagree makes neither of us judgemental or mean. Everyone has their own opinions and I would much rather hear what people REALLY think and be slightly offended than have them lie to appease me.

    • The finished garments are so loose and disorganized looking. I think I’d get caught between the stitches

  • There’s that ridiculous word again “scarfie”. Sounds so babyish to me.

  • Is there a pattern for the #3 sweater in the “Oversize fashions” section. Thanks!

  • I’ve worked with the Landscapes yarn & found it to be very silky smooth and lovely.

    • Thank you! Wondered what it would be like to knit with it.

  • Love all the trends especially the bright transitioning colors and over size fashions.

  • Is there a pattern for the burberry blanket coat?

    • This exact look is only available from the high end designer in a finished coat. We developed a look inspired by this coat. See #6 above.

      • I may be dense, but I do not understand your reply to Sue Pavlisko. Is there or is there not a pattern for the burberry blanket coat? If not is there a close approximation of a pattern so that we can implement this beautiful project. When a project is posted, there should be a way to accomplish it as it is VERY frustrating to have you illustrate something with NO pattern or directions!

  • If this is what you want me to buy in 2015, I will save my money. Very unflattering and downright UNATTRACTIVE. I do not care for bulk and do not like anything around my neck!

  • I would love to see more patterns for crochet garments, such as non bulky sweater dresses and lighter weight tops. Also, more challenging pattern designs.

    • I totally agree. As a crochet lover for more than 40 years, I am often envious of the knitters when all the best garment patterns seem to be knitted.
      I’m “fluffy” enough, I don’t need more bulk from fast and easy bulky yarn projects. Give me a pattern that actually can be fitted to my real size.
      Although I would love to see some intricate poncho patterns coming down the line. They are truly one-size-fits-almost all! And more petite people can easily adjust the patterns to flatter themselves. 🙂

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