Now that 2017 is gone forever and we’re firmly in January it’s the time to make, start (and admittedly, break) our new year’s resolutions.¬† In this blog entry we’re¬†predicting what will happen in the world of knitting and crochet in 2018. Do you agree? What do you predict? Let us know in the comments!

1. Wellness

Knitting and crochet doesn’t just help you relax – it helps keep your brain active and enables you to think mindfully about your routine. We predict that throughout the year you’ll see more recommendations and articles about knitting and crochet and how to incorporate it into your day-to-day life. We especially predict that knitting will be mentioned in terms of Lagom (the Swedish concept of living a balanced lifestyle) and Ikigai (the Japanese concept discovering satisfaction and a meaning to life).

2. Technology

Technology is becoming a vital part of the knitting community. Whether you’re creating mood boards on Pinterest, uploading your makes on Instagram or part of a Facebook group – people across the world are joining together to share ideas, inspiration and knitting techniques. The way we track our stitches has started to change too. We made a poll last month on Facebook asking how you track your stitches and 77% of our respondents like to write down their patterns, whereas only 23% use technology. We predict this number will be higher by the end of 2018.

3. More men

In our surveys with Knit and Stitch Creative customers we noticed more requests for male knits and unisex clothing. There are many male knitters and crocheters who are prominent in the knitting community and it’s understandable that they sometimes feel ignored. We think it’s a great idea to make knitting as inclusive as possible. In fact – we give a pattern for a soft, cotton unisex t-shirt in Issue 19.

4. Plants

We all know it’s important to think about nature and the world around us, and we predict this will also come into play with our knitting and crochet projects. This year we think people will discover stitches that incorporate flowers and leaves into their designs. Indoor gardens are also becoming a big thing – and we predict cute little 3D garden-inspired makes. Stay tuned out for our Special 3 where we’ll go into this in-depth…

5. Advanced stitching techniques

This year we think the advanced knitters and crocheters will start looking at two of the seemingly hardest and most advanced forms of stitches: steeking and Tunisian crochet. Steeking is a good way to customise knits and embellish old projects. Likewise, Tunisian crochet is often seen as the stop-gap between knitting and crochet. Once you have mastered it it’s a really quick skill.

Do you agree or disagree with any of these? What will we get right and what has missed the mark? Find out if we were right in a year’s time!