TNNA: Crochet Fantasy, Yarn Trends, and more!

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I am so happy to report that The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) Trade Show was incredible! We met great designers, yarn shop owners, and companies with an amazing passion for creating new and beautiful yarn.

TNNA Swag Bag GiveawayWe also came back with a swag bag full of exclusive yarn goodies that we’re giving away to one lucky winner. Find out how you can enter to win right here.



Crochet Fantasy

One of the most breathtaking parts of the show was the Crochet Fantasy  exhibit. Crocheters from around the world made crocheted pieces of coral or other sea life to be displayed in one cohesive piece. This exhibit was unlike anything I had ever seen before and I am excited to share these photos from the exhibit so you can enjoy.

Crochet Fantasy

Crocheted Coral

Isn’t it just incredible? To think that all of these coral pieces were created by yarn and crochet hooks by people all over the world is just a humbling experience. The coral really comes to life and speaks volumes about the beauty of our craft. Crocheting is truly an art form.

This seahorse is one of my favorite little creatures in this display. Crocheted with sparkly yarn, he looks to be glistening underwater.

Crochet Seahorse

I kind of fell in love with this little shrimp peeking up over the top of some coral. He was crocheted with some shiny and fuzzy yarn which gives him quite the personality.


The nautilus is a curious creature, a type of mollusk actually. The crochet artist perfectly captured the unique look of this sea creature with it’s spiral shell right down to the curly tentacles.


Variegated yarn gives this blue fish a variety of scales. He reminds me of my favorite book growing up, The Rainbow Fish. I think it would be a lot of fun to crochet a fish like this and watch how the variegated yarn makes scales.

Blue Fish

Here’s something a little different – felt. This felted green fish has a unique look next to the crocheted coral piece. He almost looks smooth with see-through fins and beaded eyes.

Green Felted Fish

Ok, this little guy is my favorite. I’ve nicknamed him macaroni because I’m not entirely sure what he is, but I love him.

Orange Sea Creature

I’ll be uploading even more of these photos to our Facebook page today so don’t miss out on the other photos! I urge you to like, comment, and share your favorites from this exhibit so that others may see the beauty and art in our craft.

Yarn Trends

We saw so much yarn, it was hard to pick favorites! Of course, after seeing so much yarn, we saw some trends emerging and continuing in the yarn world.

Neon Yarn – This type of yarn is in full swing these days. We love the bright and bold edge it gives to knit and crochet pieces. We saw a lot of samples that paired a neon yarn with a neutral cream toned yarn to soften the look and we loved the results. This neon yarn is from Universal Yarn and neon mohair yarn from Be Sweet.

Neon Yarn from Universal YarnsBe Sweet Yarn









Ruffles – There is a trend of using a ruffle type yarn and I love it! it’s more of a way to knit and crochet ribbons of fabric into your designs. Here is a sample from Mondial Yarns and some more ruffle ribbon from Universal Yarn

Ruffles from Mondial YarnsRuffles from Universal Yarn









Sparkles & Sequins – Bling, bling, bling! Yarn is starting to show off a little glimmer and shine this year and I can’t wait to see what people create with this kind of yarn. Here is the Boheme Yarn from Fiesta Yarns and Razetti Sequin yarn from Universal Yarn!

Fiesta YarnsRazetti Sequin Yarn



Which yarn trend are you most excited about?

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  1. Karen Trainor says

    Crocheting teddy bears using different neon colors for his arms and legs, etc. Also, using neon colors for frogs, fish, turtles, etc. Something exciting and colorfull.

  2. Gail Cagle says

    The ruffle yarn seems so different. I have tried something similar but cannot seem to get the hang of crocheting with it. The bright colors are pretty facinating also.

  3. Dorothy O'Neill says

    I have always loved ruffles, but the small sculptured fish and plant life are beautiful! You almost expect to see the vegetation gently move as if there was water all around them. Crocheting yarn and making it look aquatic is part of the surprise involved in taking this medium and making it look like something unexpected. The texture and colors of all the crochet is what excites me the most!!

  4. Helen Tierney says

    What a pretty assortment of yarns. I would love to win it as I’m a beginner knitter and would love to try some different things. My year to branch out from easy peasy.

  5. Carole Ann Cook says

    WOW! Unbelievable. I love it and I sometimes do not like the novelty things. This beautiful and interesting Reef is in a league of it’s own.
    Fabulous yarn utilized wonderfully!

  6. a olster says

    This is the first ruffled yarn that has me picturing what I would make with it – NOT a scarf – have a couple of inspirations for patterns with this!
    Thank you!

  7. Billie Atkinson says

    My next projectis crocheting a pink “cancer survivor” scarf for myself. Recently learned I have breast cancer and will have surgery soon. With God’s help I will beat this invasion on my body and will wear my scarf to celebrate survivine.

  8. Sandy P says

    Love the coral/sea fantasy. How creative. The felted fish is adorable. I would have to say that I would be excited to knit something with the Sparkles and Sequins yarn.

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