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Knitwear trends for 2018

What will we be knitting this year? We’ve been taking a look at the likely knitwear trends for 2018 and gathering some pattern inspiration for the next few months.

Big and comfy

Oversized jumpers, chunky knits and cosy sweaters to snuggle up in featured in the fashion collections and magazines for this season. And what could nicer to knit soft yarns, relaxed patterns, quick chunky projects, it is all about pleasure in making and wearing.

Comfy knits, clockwise from top left: Stylecraft Batik 9293; Rico Creative Melange poncho; JC Brett chunky sweater with cable panel; King Cole chunky jumper; Wendy unisex jumper; Hayfield Aran textured long jumper

Texture and detail

Plain stocking stitch may feature in your comfy knit but 2018 is going to be about texture and details. Think stitch patterns, lace panels and interesting cables as well as collars, belts and buttons.

Yarn Stories Silkworm; Erika Knight Molly with shoulder frills; James C Brett DK sweater with lace section; Sirdar Dapple DK sweater; King Cole Calypso DK sweater with lace detail; Rico Essentials Cashlana DK textured sweater

Bright and intarsia

If textured stitches, etc, aren’t your thing, why not look to colour to add interest to your sweaters – fair isle and intarsia as well as stripes and colour blocks in bright colours means we will seeing some eye-catching knits this year.

Colourblock sweater in Sublime Eden; Rico Gigantic Mohair coat; Intarsia Russian Shawl from Stylecraft; Wendy top with intarsia squares (5730); King Cole striped sweater 51


And you enjoy colourwork you may want to add it to a key 2018 knitwear shape – the yoked sweater or cardigan.

Yarn Stories Sandstone; Rico Essentials Merino men’s sweater; Self-striping yoke sweaters in Sirdar Aura ; Wendy chunky colourwork yoked sweaters

What knitting trends are catching your eye this year? Do let us know.

2 thoughts on “Knitwear trends for 2018”

  1. Love reading anything new about knitting and was tickled by the ‘latest trends’ ie big comfy sweaters…I have been making and wearing these for 60 years and every so often I am actually ‘in fashion’!


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