Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Trend Watch

Classic Aran knit with a fashionable twist.
I'm not what you'd call a dedicated follower of fashion but part of my role here at Skeinz is to keep a quiet eye on what the upcoming trends are in fashion that then could filter down into the world of hand knitting.  These could be in the form of colour, texture, or a reemergence of a style or technique. 

Trends for 2013 - Vintage 'Oilskin' was inspired from here
However what hits the catwalks or the high streets doesn't always mean instant success or translate into hand knitting or fibre craft in general, so it is a task that is more instinct that science & one I find quite fun.

Contemporary colours with longevity
In the last post I teased you with the three new Vintage colours.  Vintage is a range that I look towards fashion colour trends like those on Pantone to see what contemporary colours are likely to emerge in the coming season.  The trick is to find a colour that has sustainability across many seasons, not just a quick hit.  hence the reason why all the colours selected have to also be symbiotic with each other as a complete range as well as individual stand alone shades.

Stunning 'Silver' Aran 100% wool now in stock
Another trend that has been on my radar for some time is the revival of Aran knits & actually retro knits in general.  With many designers taking the traditional shapes & styles of hand knitted cardigans & jumpers, pairing them with well cut pants, skirts, dresses & jeans to create a modern edgy look.  I can certainly report that from the shop I have had some very busy grandmothers keeping their university aged grandchildren in knits that they themselves never thought they would see them wear. 

Replicate the look....
You can easily replicate the look for a fraction of the price.
Even in this morning NZ Herald's Viva fashion supplement sports a traditional Cardigan made in Scotland & sold here in Auckland for $345.
 3-4 hanks of Southlander yarn will make this cardigan for just $42-$56. 
Get on the phone to Nana NOW or better yet, cast it on yourself!

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