Hello all! An interesting couple of weeks in the knitting world! We had some major industry publications: the continued presence of the Interweave Knits Summer 2013 preview I mentioned in the last edition; the 5th collection of Wool People, Brooklyn Tweed's guest designer series; Hannah Fettig and Quince & Co.'s collaboration on a Sparrow collection, Knitbot Linen; the debut of Melissa Wehrle's new book, Metropolitan Knits; and the preview for Knitscene's annual Accessories issue. In addition, there were several notable trends caused by independent designers or searches. Colorwork mittens had a continued presence through the first week due to Drunk Girl Design's subversive patterns (warning: strong language behind the link); Marisa Hernandez's shawls had a spike midway through the fortnight due to a Mother's Day promotion; and a variety of pineapple crochet patterns made an unexpected appearance on the morning of May 14th. Let's see what effect all of this activity had!
One clear trend from all of the above publications was the presence of many, many neck accessories. Of the 16 items in Wool People 5, 9 were shawls or scarves, and Knitscene Accessories had 10 out of the 33 patterns in its pages. Add to that a continued organic interest in them and the well-timed promotion from Marisa Hernandez, and neck accessories dominated with 55% of the market. Cardigans also did well, as they were well represented in Interweave Knits and Knitbot Linen, and pullovers had a strong showing in Interweave. Vests also made a comeback this fortnight, due to both organic presence and some popular examples from Interweave and Knitbot Linen. Of note is the fact that hats, kids' garments, and toys fell off the list this week; the former was present in Knitbot Linen and Knitscene, but otherwise didn't make a huge impact, and the latter two were present in self-publications but not in great numbers.
Jon, the Market Shawl, and the Salt and Pepper Cowl. However, after about a week, things settled back down to normal, with solids and semi-solids again trading for prominence. Both had strong presences in Interweave and Knitscene, with semi-solids leading slightly. Solids rose a bit more in the first half of the second week due to Knitbot Linen, as well. There were also some interesting spikes in 2-color projects throughout the weeks, both organically and due to industry publications.
A very interesting couple of weeks, in all; industry publications brought many neck accessories and sweaters to the table, but these were also shored up by organic results. We saw a continued dominance of lace, modeled garments, and blue and grey, with red rising again. What do you think the next couple weeks will bring?