Did you know that crochet itself is a hot trend for 2014? It's true! Demand for crochet tutorials, instructions and patterns is surging, while demand for many other types of craft projects is declining. So if you already know how to crochet, or you're working on learning, know this: you're already a trendsetter -- before you even worry about whether or not you want to jump on any of the other trends mentioned on this list.
1. The Infinity Scarf
Infinity scarves are everywhere this year, and every major fashion brand seems to have embraced them. Crocheters and knitters are at the forefront of the fun with this particular craze, but the trend has now gone mainstream.
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Across the board, hats are having an important moment in fashion right now. Crocheted hats are certainly playing their part in the drama. As far as I'm concerned, you can't go wrong crocheting any type of hat that you'd enjoy wearing -- I've seen an uptick in interest in every type of hat, from cloches to berets. However, the humble beanie is the type of hat that I've seen with the greatest surge in interest lately.
In my experience, baby patterns are always in demand; there's nothing new or trendy about that. However, what is new and trendy is the movement towards decking out the young ones in hats resembling any sort of cuddly critter, cartoon character, fruit or vegetable you could think of. While this is not a new trend, it has really been picking up steam over the past few years. From what I've seen, the demand for these projects this year has been higher than ever.
See Also: Homemade Baby Costumes
4. Chunky, Oversized Scarves and Cowls
With crochet, there's no such thing as instant gratification. But, the chunkier the yarn you use, the faster your project tends to work up. For quick projects with massive style appeal, you can't go wrong in crocheting with bulky or chunky yarns and a great big hook.
These days, this thick and thin scarf is my favorite go-to pattern featuring bulky weight yarn.
Cell Phone Chic
Smartphones are a global trend. This trend started well before 2014, but it is still going strong, and shows no signs of letting up. The cell phone trend has spawned other important trends that have trickled down into many users' lives. A couple of related trends that crocheters and needleworkers have embraced:
6. Texting Gloves. These days, regular gloves and mittens just will not do. No, no, no. Ordinary gloves get in the way of anything you might want to do on your phone, whether you're calling, texting, playing games or surfing the Internet.
To be on top of the trends for 2014, it's time to make yourself some fingerless gloves, wrist warmers, and / or texting gloves to wear instead. That way, you'll be able to stay both warm and connected at the same time.
7. Cell Phone Cozies. These ubiquitous projects are appealing for a number of reasons. They're a fantastic medium for expressing personal style. They're quick to crochet, and they help keep your smartphone (or other gadgets) from taking a beating when rattling around in your bag, or after having been tossed on your front seat. They can be fun or funny, stylish or silly. The finished projects almost always turn out to be well worth the money you spend on the supplies to make them.
8. Ruffle Scarves
According to the data I've gathered, ruffle scarves are of interest right now, but they aren't nearly the hot item that infinity scarves and cowls are. Still, they're chic and interesting crochet projects, with lots of wearable potential.
For crocheters and knitters, the ruffle scarf trend seems to have been fueled at least in part by the relatively new ruffle yarns and novelty yarns that are available in the marketplace. I can't say with certainty whether this trend will fizzle or stick. If I had to take a guess, I think perhaps the trend is in its infancy, and we'll be seeing much more of this style in the future. You never know where it will go from here.
Trendy Crochet Stitches
9. Crocodile Stitch.So far in 2014, there's been a dramatic increase in interest in the crocodile stitch. It's shaping up to be one of the most popular stitches this year, although there's also plenty of interest in other crochet stitch patterns as well.
On the one hand, I'm a little reluctant to describe the shell stitch as "trendy." I feel safe in saying that it's one of those stitches that will never go outdated. On the other hand, I'd be out of line not to include the shell stitch on this list, considering the increasing interest in this lovely classic favorite.
Afghan stitch seems to cycle in and out of fashion. It was popular back in the 1970s, when people were using it to make afghans with colorful patterns and designs cross stitched onto them. I've also found bunches of interesting afghan stitch patterns on the pages of vintage crochet books and magazines that date back to the late 1890s and early 1900s.
Filet Crochet. Google Trends data leads me to believe that filet crochet declined in popularity from 2005ish to around 2012. It looks as if perhaps this traditional technique is slowly becoming more interesting to crocheters again. Since 2012, the search query phrase "filet crochet" has been inching its way back up in search volume, with an increase in interest that's definitely noticeable. I'm not sure I would exactly call it trend-worthy at this point, but it's worth watching -- especially if you enjoy that technique, or think you might like to give it a try.
Knooking. This not really a crochet technique, although it's not totally unrelated to crochet, considering the tool used for the technique is basically a modified crochet hook. Knooking is gaining in popularity, and I think it's worth watching to see if it turns into the next big needlework trend -- or not. Of course, it could just as easily fizzle out and die.
I compiled this list of top trends based on data from the following sources:
- I started by looking at trending topics right here on our website. Since our site is a huge repository of crochet patterns and related knowledge, dating all the way back to the late 90s, it's one of the best starting points I know of for conducting trend research. When interest spikes in topics we've already covered, it's a fantastic clue that those topics could be trending across the entire Internet.
- The Google Trends database is another fantastic resource that I used for discovering trendy topics, and sometimes also for eliminating possible topics from the list.
- Cotton Incorporated and Thefabricofourlives.com -- In the past, I used to find these sites more helpful for doing trend research than I currently find them. Still, they were a resource I used in compiling the list.
- I talk to, and exchange email with, other crocheters on a daily basis. I also monitor the blogosphere closely for news and trends. Pretty much all the blogs on this list contributed in some way to my understanding of what the trends are.
- I also visited countless retail stores and websites, including shop.Nordstrom.com and many others.