When Anne Marie puts ‘knitting’ in her list of favourite things alongside ‘seeing someone smile’ and ‘aubergine’, you know you’re on to a good thing. Call me Loraine Kelly, but knitting really has helped me mildly cope with the craziness of our world over the past couple of years. And if seeing Tom Daley in a pair of hand-crocheted trunks didn’t make you smile, then are you even human?!

It might come as no surprise, then, that 2022’s catwalks served as a love letter to slow fashion (yes, we see the irony). A crocheted rainbow maxi dress, a knitted mini skirt, tassels like you mean it; the catwalks were speaking our language. So, if you want to ride into 2022, like Grace Kelly’s granddaughter at Paris fashion week, then listen up makers, here are 11 of the biggest fashion trends you can actually knit and crochet.

1. Living our vest life

Knitted and crocheted sweater vests aren’t going anywhere. This wardrobe essential looks equally good over a floaty maxi as it does paired with a tee and jeans. Whatever your style, this cosy little number will see you through from crisp spring days to autumn nights huddled around the bonfire.

From preppy to classic, statement or minimalist, sleeveless silhouettes are back. Which one is your favourite?"
  • Alexandra Slipover -  Knitting Pattern For Women in Willow & Lark Heath Solids by Willow & Lark

    Alexandra Slipover - Knitting Pattern For Women in Willow & Lark Heath Solids by Willow & Lark

  • Asymmetry Vest in Rowan Felted Tweed & Kidsilk Haze - ZB301-00009-ENPFR - Downloadable PDF

    Asymmetry Vest in Rowan Felted Tweed & Kidsilk Haze - ZB301-00009-ENPFR - Downloadable PDF

  • Colour Block Sweater and Vest Top - Knitting Pattern for Women in Debbie Bliss Nell by Debbie Bliss

    Colour Block Sweater and Vest Top - Knitting Pattern for Women in Debbie Bliss Nell by Debbie Bliss

2. Loud stripes

Wear your stripes on your sleeve with big, bold and chunky patterns this year. If you need to brush up on your skills, look no further than our knitting tutorials for how to knit stripes and changing colours in knitting.

  • Malibu Chunky Cardigan

    Malibu Chunky Cardigan

  • Granny squares and stripes cardigan

    Granny squares and stripes cardigan

  • Gertie Pinafore

    Gertie Pinafore

3. Regencycore

Bridgerton’s got us taking Regency-era styling inspiration straight to our handmade wardrobe. Embellished and embroidered accents, empire waistlines, pastel shades; anything that helps us manifest riding into the sunset with the Duke…

  • Fern Cardigan -  Knitting Pattern For Women in Willow & Lark Heath Solids by Willow & Lark

    Fern Cardigan - Knitting Pattern For Women in Willow & Lark Heath Solids by Willow & Lark

  • Eve Cardigan - Cardigan Crochet Pattern For Women in MillaMia Naturally Soft Cotton by MillaMia

    Eve Cardigan - Cardigan Crochet Pattern For Women in MillaMia Naturally Soft Cotton by MillaMia

4. Catch my midriff

From jumpers to vest tops, we’re channelling the 90s again and reclaiming our love for the midriff. If that has you recoiling in horror, don’t fear, all queen of the crops know that these cropped patterns look just as cute over long dresses and tees too!

  • Sunshine Sweater - Free Jumper Crochet Pattern For Women in Paintbox Yarns Cotton 4 Ply by Paintbox Yarns

    Sunshine Sweater - Free Jumper Crochet Pattern For Women in Paintbox Yarns Cotton 4 Ply by Paintbox Yarns

  • Checkerbox vest top

    Checkerbox vest top

  • The Salacia Top

    The Salacia Top

5. Power to the patchwork

Keep your fashion in check with bright and brilliant patchworks. Go big and bold with Debbie Bliss’ bang-on-trend mohair collection. Or if you’re looking for something a bit more understated, a checkerboard top is the one for you.

Pictured, Kit, who coordinates all our lovely new line launches modelling the Checkerboard Cardigan by Debbie Bliss.

We love this fabulous Checkerboard Cardigan, a striking statement piece for everyone! It's easier to knit than you think, using a simple intarsia method - knit all the colours in one single row, twisting the yarn to avoid holes between colours."
  • Harmon Halter Checkerboard Crop Top

    Harmon Halter Checkerboard Crop Top

  • Checkerboard Cardigan - Knitting Pattern for Women in Debbie Bliss Nell by Debbie Bliss

    Checkerboard Cardigan - Knitting Pattern for Women in Debbie Bliss Nell by Debbie Bliss

  • The Classic V-Neck Vest

    The Classic V-Neck Vest

6. Lilac love

If we had to describe 2022’s colour palette in one word, it would be FABULOUS. Yep, in capitals. As we emerge from an unsettling 2 years, we need brightness, colour, and joy in our lives. This year’s Pantone colour might be very peri, but let the rainbow be your inspiration when choosing your next make.

  • Lace Cardigan - Knitting Pattern for Women in Debbie Bliss Nell by Debbie Bliss

    Lace Cardigan - Knitting Pattern for Women in Debbie Bliss Nell by Debbie Bliss

  • Fall Flower in Rowan Felted Tweed DK - ZB303-00005-ENPFRP - Downloadable PDF

    Fall Flower in Rowan Felted Tweed DK - ZB303-00005-ENPFRP - Downloadable PDF

7. Sleeves with flair

Bell sleeves, flared sleeves, puff sleeves, ripple sleeves, sexy sleeves. If your sleeves aren’t making a statement, we don’t want to see it (please refer to the first trend)!

  • Bridie Striped Jumper with Long Puff Sleeves in West Yorkshire Spinners ColourLab - DBP0195  - Downloadable PDF

    Bridie Striped Jumper with Long Puff Sleeves in West Yorkshire Spinners ColourLab - DBP0195 - Downloadable PDF

  • Mira Bee Stitch Sweater in West Yorkshire Spinners Re: Treat - WYS0012  - Downloadable PDF

    Mira Bee Stitch Sweater in West Yorkshire Spinners Re: Treat - WYS0012 - Downloadable PDF

  • The Ripple Crew

    The Ripple Crew

8. Nice necks

If you can’t take on a whole collared knit jumper, then turn your attention to these detachable collar beauties. A fashion must-have that makes a super cute pressie for a friend too.

  • Granny stripe crocheted collar

    Granny stripe crocheted collar

  • Springtime in Paris Collars

    Springtime in Paris Collars

9. Fringe additions

Fringes are in! Incorporate them into your sweater, make a fringed bag or wrap yourself in a colourful tasselled shawl. Whatever your fringe style, these patterns will give you that feel-good festival vibe all year long.

  • Ladies’ Sweater in Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine 120 - 5950 - Downloadable PDF

    Ladies’ Sweater in Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine 120 - 5950 - Downloadable PDF

  • Fun Fringed Bag - Free Knitting Pattern in Paintbox Yarns 100% Wool Worsted - Downloadable PDF

    Fun Fringed Bag - Free Knitting Pattern in Paintbox Yarns 100% Wool Worsted - Downloadable PDF

  • Dylla Jumper in Berroco Aerial and Aerial Color - Downloadable PDF

    Dylla Jumper in Berroco Aerial and Aerial Color - Downloadable PDF

  • Rainbow & Storm Pocket Shawl

    Rainbow & Storm Pocket Shawl

10. Mohair moments

“I shall call him squishy, and he shall be mine and he shall be my squishy…” Does anyone else find themselves channelling Dory when squishing a ball of Nell yarn? Feast your eyes on some of this year’s hottest mohair patterns!

  • Three Colour Cardigan - Knitting Pattern For Women in Debbie Bliss Nell by Debbie Bliss

    Three Colour Cardigan - Knitting Pattern For Women in Debbie Bliss Nell by Debbie Bliss

  • Cardigan in Rico Essentials Mohair - 643 - Downloadable PDF

    Cardigan in Rico Essentials Mohair - 643 - Downloadable PDF

  • Cirrus Top in Valley Yarns Southampton - 836 - Downloadable PDF

    Cirrus Top in Valley Yarns Southampton - 836 - Downloadable PDF

11. Big bad granny squares

If you don’t know how to crochet a granny square, well you better get over to our granny square tutorial sharpish! This year is all about loud and outrageous grannies. It was really hard to pick just three patterns because there are literally so many good ones, so if these don’t float your boat, check out hundreds more granny square patterns here.

  • Lotus flower Granny Square Tunic /Dress

    Lotus flower Granny Square Tunic /Dress

  • Join the Dots Summer Set

    Join the Dots Summer Set

  • Promise - a granny square dress

    Promise - a granny square dress

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Milly is Digital Content Editor at LoveCrafts. Milly’s mission is to bring people everyday moments of joy through craft. When Milly’s not editing, you’ll find her with a freshly ground coffee, sewing or collaging in her craft nook.