We love, love, love our cosy knitwear here at Redlane. So versatile! So comfortable! And one in five garments worn worldwide, everyday, are knitted. So popular!
Some of the earliest knitted artifacts have been discovered in Egypt, but for obvious reasons, knitting has mostly been developed in colder climates. The most common yarn has been wool, though some exceptionally fine early pieces were knit in silk. Cotton isn’t a common choice for hand knitters, as it’s not as stretchy to work with, but with so many artificial materials and blends there’s an unprecedented choice of materials these days.
In the fashion industry, with both hand and machine knits available to designers, the most innovative pieces often use the structural properties of different materials to create interesting (and expensive!) knitted textiles. At Redlane, we like to keep things a little simpler, as we know you do too. We’re not interesting in the high fashion designs, we just want you to look and feel amazing in your outfits. So here’s some of the top knitting trends of 2018, and on into 2019, for you to get your hands on.
Cabling creates wonderful texture and brings an added element of sophistication. The sleek shaping looks good on any body type and the textures lend themselves to layering, to create multiple outfits with versatile looks. Stitch definition is important, so we prefer to leave the chunky, bulky Arans on the shelf, and go for a sleeker, more modern cable knit pieces. We predict lots of cream and ivory shades on the way, from slim fitting to oversized, for that comfortable hygge chic look.
Depth of Colour
Besides the neutrals needed for a capsule wardrobe, our accent colours this year and into next will be rich and deep and warm – strong reds, beautiful lilac pinks/purples, strong olive greens and khakis, and bright mustard yellows.
According to the Pantone Colour Institute:
“Colours for Fall/Winter 2018 express our need for individuality, ingenuity and creativity. There is a continued transition away from cyclical trends, and instead a strong focus on self-expressive colours that evade antiquated seasonal structure…These unexpected shades reinvent the seasonal colour story and allow for the artistry and originality that moves fashion forward.”
We love a bit of artistry and originality, and we’ll definitely be on the lookout for more of these fab colours through the year.
The word yoke means the fitted or shaped piece at the shoulders of a garment. Some traditional sweater designs feature interesting stitches or colorwork at the yoke, particularly Icelandic lopi sweaters and the famous Bohus sweaters of Sweden, and we adore how it looks. If you enjoy incorporating colour and classic style into your look, you will want to get yourself some of the new yoked knitwear designs that are hitting the shop floors this year.
As ever, if you have any questions, pop into us at the shop in Tramore, or visit the new Style Club Members Group on Facebook!