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3 Favorite Trends for 2012

With 2011 quickly winding down, I've begun prepping my 2012 yarncrafting queue. I've noticed a lot of great trends in stores that are also appearing in knitting and crochet. Here are my 3 favorite trends that I'm adding to my to-do list.
Granny Squares
The classic granny square has become fashionable in a very big way. British fashion label House of Holland has embraced the trend with bright 70's colors in tights, jackets, and more. For a modern touch, try more neutral tones, such as those featured in Etsy seller SheepishKnitCrochet's cowl. My favorite thing about granny squares is that they look amazing in any yarn! I made the square in the upper right in Martha Stewart Crafts Alpaca Blend in Parakeet, Green Eucalyptus, and Meadow Green for a tonal look. Get inspired with more than 50 granny square patterns; click here to view them.

Faux Fur
Faux fur is perfect for keeping cozy in winter. Of course, neutral accessories are always popular, such as this furry Gap hat (center) and our Cushy Crochet Cowl (right). This season, fur is taking on bright, bold shades, including this pink Paula Lishman shrug. Try using Luxe Fur for a plush look, or use Fun Fur or Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter Eyelash for an exciting pop of color.

Gradual Stripes
Traditional stripes are always in style, and a new wave of slowly shifting striped yarns has modernized this classic look. This trend is especially popular in sweaters, pictured here from British brand House of Fraser (left) and popular American retailer Urban Outfitters (right). Yarns like Amazing (pictured center in the Knit Shapely Stripes Pullover), Tweed Stripes, Homespun, and Vanna's Colors create this bold color effect without having to change skeins.

What trends have you noticed for the upcoming year? What are you adding to your to-do list? Let us know in the comments!

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