I love this time of year! Designers are showcasing their Pre-Fall and Fall 2021 designs on the runways worldwide and we're getting a full fledged look at the knitwear design elements and trends that will be making their way from runway to knitting needles. Cross-over trends from woven garment to knitwear are easy to spot if you watch enough shows so look for these on my Pinterest board too.
I've put together a Pinterest board for 2021 Sweater Trends! Follow this board and please check back often - I'm adding new photos constantly as the runway shows are released.
Drum Roll Please - Here are the latest trends in knitwear fashion that you can expect to see weave their way into knitting patterns in the next year or so:
Hoods & Snoods
Hooded pullovers, cardigans, hood/scarf combinations known in the knitting world as snoods. Expect to see more of these ranging from thin and form-fitting, to oversized and chunky. Ribbed, plain, colorwork; you'll see it all this fall. Wouldn't this be a fun all-in-one alternative from knitting a hat and scarf?
This trend is running strong and there's no limit in the color palettes or placements of colors. Pastels, brights, and darks are showing up in basic blocks and skinny panels - all of it works. Colorblocking with other patterns is also making a showing (think ribbing and cables).
We love stripes! The recurring theme of stripes, skinny or wide, seems to go hand-in-hand with colorblocking. Colorblock sweaters will dedicate a surprise section of skinny stripes to make it unique. Look for amazing color combinations in the striped sweaters and accessories to give you ideas for your next project.
Extra Long and Extra Bulky Sleeves
From balloon sleeves, to chunky cabled sleeves, you'll see more and patterns where the sleeve grabs all of the attention. Extra long flared sleeves, tapered, or super wide sleeves all compete for drama this year.
1x1 Ribbing, all over ribbing, brioche ribbing, and any type of knitting that gives that sleek, contemporary look of lines is all over the runways this year. Combing ribbing with colorblocks are so trendy too! (Watch out that the knitting patterns are written correctly to prevent the bi-colored purl bumps that occur when changing colors in ribbing.)
What do you like? What would you knit? What would you skip? What are you excited about? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Hello! I'm Donna Estin, knitwear designer, certified master knitter and instructor. I enjoy designing artistic knitwear that is comfortable. I specialize in sweaters with a contemporary silhouette.