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Knitting and crochet trends for 2014

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It’s a new year and there is a lot of excitement about knitting and crochet trends for 2014. As we say goodbye to 2013, we see emerald green go by the wayside. New yarns and techniques will be sure to bring out the creativity in all of us. So what’s hot and what’s not?

Color

Pantone has named Radiant Orchard as the 2014 color of the year. This replaces emerald green. Lion Brand’s blog states that Radiant Orchard inspires confidence and emanates joy, love and health. It is time to browse through your stash and pull out the purple.

Yarns

Specialty yarns are in vogue for 2014. Everything from mohair to mink is being spun into yarn. Instead of the usual wool, why not give yak a try. If animal fibers are not your thing, try bamboo, or maybe yarns made from corn.

Big chunky yarns are also in style. They work up quickly and provide warmth. Look for projects that completely skip the hooks and needles. Arm knitting is hot for 2014, so are small, adjustable plastic looms. See the accompanying video for instructions on how to arm knit.

Trends

Amigurumi is creating animals and other figures out of yarn. Owls are showing up everywhere. They are made into baskets and phone cases.

One skein projects are always popular. Knitting and crochet trends for 2014 show that this is not changing. The appeal of one skein projects is that is gives you an opportunity to try a new yarn or technique without having to spend a fortune.

Lynda Altman is a professional crafter and writer. She started crocheting as a young child. She crochets, quilts, sews, and creates beaded jewelry. Lynda loves vintage stitching samplers and enjoys counted cross stitch. You can find her work for sale on Etsy. She writes a crochet blog called The Granny Squared. You can contact her at the above link or on Twitter @fusgeyer.

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