One of the most interesting parts of attending the 2013 Winter Craft and Hobby Association show was getting a sneak peek at the upcoming season’s trends. Being the attentive knitter that you are, I’m sure that you’ve noticed that different styles come and go every year. Attending CHA gave me the chance to see what new surprises all of our favorite companies are rolling out this Christmas, and what’s going to be in this season.
As I wandered the show floor, packed with all sorts of crafty goodness, I noticed two really big trends. The first was the use of unusual materials to make crafts and art. Buttons used to make pictures, jars turned into ornaments, paper angels, unexpected ideas were everywhere I looked. There’s something truly inspiring about seeing materials used in new and different ways, it really gets your creativity flowing. Even if you don’t want to make the project, you can still appreciate the inherent creativity needed to make something like this button flower garden. I loved this beautiful multi-media creation; it was easily one of the coolest crafts I spotted on the CHA floor.
Rustic, understated Christmas decorations are also in this year. Instead of displays that screamed red and green, many of the Christmas displays this year were very subtle, and could almost have been used general home decor. The display pictured right can give you a good idea of what I’m talking about. More subdued than previous years, these Christmas decorations have a more rustic feel.
So what does this mean for the knitters out there? Well, knitting trends follow the same patterns as the greater craft world. Well, AllFreeKnitting.com has the patterns you need to stay fashionable this winter. You can keep knitting knowing that you’ll be ahead of the game this year.
5 Unexpected Knitting Patterns
Jumbo Pineapple Bag – Based on a vintage pattern, this creative bag will make everyone look twice.
Majestic Moose Vest – There’s something about moose that tends to make people giggle. This surprisingly cute knit vest pattern is a tribute to those mounted moose heads you see on walls.
Knit Toilet Paper – You won’t find a practical use for this Knit Toilet Paper, but it will always make you laugh.
Knit Lego Doorstep – Perfect for a child’s room, no one will suspect that you knit this doorstop yourself.
Two Ways One Sweater – This unusual sweater can double as a turtle neck or a hoodie. Experiment with your finished project to see which style you like better.
5 Rustic Christmas Decorations
Gorgeous Knit Snowflake – Hang this knit snowflake on your tree as an ornament or string several together to make an elegant, yet festive, garland.
Easy Knit Christmas Ornaments – Make these simple ornaments for a touch of the homemade this Christmas.
Fireplace Christmas Stocking – This simple knit Christmas stocking pattern is a real crowd pleaser; simple, classic, and charming, this is sure to be a favorite stocking for years to come.
Felted Christmas Trees – You can turn these adorable little trees into ornaments or table-top decorations.
Circle of Leaves Wreath – A marvelously simple wreath that will look fantastic on your door or wall. You can use this wreath year after year to celebrate the holidays.