Sunday, October 24, 2010

Trend Report for Fall 2010

Knittingbag's fashion trend report for
fall/winter 2010


Designers are going back to the basics this season with classic wintry colors like dark, warm browns and yellows mixed with bright blues and greens for a "cool" feel.  Touches of reds and pinks spice up these simple hues on the runways as we begin to prepare for Fall.  Gray and eggplant purple replace black.

Endive and Golden Glow

Chocolate truffle

Purple orchid


 Lipstick red

Shapes and Details
This season, if ever there was a time to mix and match colors, fabrics, and patterns, this is it!  Designers are using every idea they can think up and combining them into single pieces.  Oversized, chunky sweaters are the rage, so you can forget knitting to size. Knit these wonderful chunky sweaters in neutrals or a rainbow of colors, and you can't go wrong.  Big floppy necklines are back, this time sporting furry collars and mink accents to dress up simple sweaters and accessories.  Also note the little cropped sweater and lots of Fair Isle are making a big comeback. And importantly, capes (sophisticated ponchos) and knitted tunics and dresses covered in cables are strong this season. Fur-trimmed sweaters and faux fur coats and accessories will be part of this winter's wardrobe.

Mixing Colors and Fabrics

Oversized Chunky Knits

Big Floppy Necklines

The Little Cropped Sweater

Knittingbag's cropped sweater

Cropped, interesting details, sleeves, back

Love the empire belt!

Coats and Capes

Fur, fur-trims

Artful Beautiful Knitting




Easy Knitting!


On the Knittingbag needles now
(will update as projects change)

Classic Elite's Blue Topaz Stole in La Gran Mohair. Knit on US 15 needles. 4 balls.
Free downloadable pattern here.  Pattern calls for rib stitch.  I'm making a few for holiday gifts using the rice stitch.  
Rice Stitch: RS rows: P1, *K1 through back loop, P1; repeat from * to end.  WS rows: knit.

Knitting for Baby
The Bambino Taffy Baby Hat from Be Sweet knits up with one skein of self-striping cotton BAMBINO TAFFY yarn! Adorable hat, great gift idea. US 6 - 16" circular, 70% organic cotton, 30% bamboo. Wonderful colors. Easy to knit.
Books on Knitting ...... coming soon!

Knitting Block by Block by Nicky Epstein:
150 blocks for Afghans, Scarves, Sweaters, Bags and More (hardcover)
$19.79 on Amazon. Available Nov 9, 2010.

Inside you will find:
  • 150 original block patterns, from simple textures to embossed pictorials, intricate lace to cables, colorwork, double knit, and more, all with Nicky’s signature wit, verve, and style.
  • More than ten exclusive project designs that will make you say “I can’t believe that is made out of blocks!”
  • Detailed guidance for creating exciting pieces out of block knitting, without using increases or decreases.
  • Exclusive cut-and-paste project design pages. Simply cut out the printed blocks and arrange them to help create your own masterpieces.
Blocks are quick to knit, portable pieces perfect for group and charity projects, and now not limited to just afghans! Knitting Block by Block gives you the tools to unlock a world of creative possibilities and confidently build your own design “blockbusters,” one block at a time.  

Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs:
A Friday Night Knitting Club Novel (paperback)
$10.08 on Amazon. Available Nov 2, 2010.

The ladies of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Friday Night Knitting Club celebrate special times with family and friends.

Not only are the holidays are just around the corner, the women who knit at Manhattan's Walker & Daughter have an extra reason to celebrate: there's a wedding planned for New Year's Day. In the meantime, college-age Dakota Walker is working to finish a sweater her mother started before Dakota was born. As she takes on her mother's pattern, she learns from her family and friends that there was much more history in these stitches than she had anticipated, and that to build on her mother's legacy, Dakota must allow herself to become the woman she truly desires to be...

Fresh Fashion Knits by Rowan:
More than 20 Must-Have Designs from Rowan's Studio (paperback)
$15.51 on Amazon. Available Oct 26, 2010.

Rowans produces great yarns you love to cast on and design the patterns you can’t wait to put on. Their worldwide reputation for style, quality, and value makes them the only name you need to know in knitting. Fresh Fashion Knits features the best of Rowan’s Studio Collection, bringing runway trends into knitwear. These designs by Sarah Hatton offer a fashion-conscious knitter a wide range of garment choices and yarn weights to make something for every season and every occasion.
Layer a luxurious chunky cardigan over your favorite jeans. Pair a soft, delicate cardigan over a flowing dress for the perfect summer look. With stylish tops and casually chic sweaters and dresses, this collection will inspire you to make an entire wardrobe of fabulous knit fashions.
Plus, Rowan makes it easy! Not only are these patterns clear and easy to use, but Fresh Fashion Knits gives you the tips and techniques for the best results, no matter what your skill level. The 21 patterns included in this book will have haute couture at your fingertips. 

Be sure this book is in your knitting book collection!

365 Knitting Stitches a Year Perpetual Calendar

You can access hundreds of knitting stitches in a perpetual-calendar format! With a different stitch for every day of the year, this clever calendar design makes a valuable addition to every knitter's pattern collection.
• Instructions for 365 easy to advanced knitting stitches mean you can refer to your calendar year after year
• Each day spotlights a beautiful swatch in a full-color, close-up photograph
• Stitches range from simple knit and purl to ribs, cables, laces, and dozens of textured patterns

Contact Marcia Cleary at for special orders, questions and comments.

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