It's that time of the year again. Sooner than you know summer turns into fall and it's time to put on your woollies. The DROPS Fall/Winter 2020/2021 collection provides us with a glimpse of what's hot – and what's not – in the upcoming knitting season. Here's my five favorite trend picks for the fall.
1. Circular Yokes
It's a veritable onslaught of round-yoke designs this fall! And it's not just colorwork yokes any more, in fact, they seem to be in the minority now. Instead, this season circular yokes come in every possible variation: lace, cables, texture, garter stitch, and yes, even brioche.
2. Extreme Raglans
Feature raglans were already big in the summer design collection and this trend continues into the fall and winter seasons, too. Garments that playfully highlight the raglan-seam area are featured heavily in the DROPS collection.
And in some cases they're even bordering on the extreme, nearly turning into saddle shoulders. That's an interesting — and welcome — pace from a structural point-of-view.
3. Big Cables
I've been waiting for the cable comeback for a few seasons now and while it may not yet be fully upon us, I'm definitely seeing some big cables on the collection this year. Last fall/winter it was more chunky and textured but this year's collection turns cables back into a sophisticated design feature.
4. Cropped Sweaters
Hems are getting shorter, for sure. Here's another trend that picked up in the spring/summer collection and continues into fall garments. Whereas sweaters in last year's pattern collection were very oversized and even tunic-y in length, this year's hems are hitting the high hip or just the jeans top.
Garment silhouettes are starting to turn snugger and more form-fitting, reminiscent of the style about a decade ago. Gone are the massive statement sleeves — I hope.
Remember when slouchy hats were en vogue? Not anymore. These days the cool kids are wearing hats Coneheads-style, with a long pointy ending sticking in the air. Is the fabric too stiff or the hats just too long for these heads? Either way, I'm not a fan.
As for the color palette, the DROPS collection plays more in the muted end of the Pantone color report this season. I'm seeing lots of powdery nude colors, foggy blues, and seafoam-y greens. Much less mustard, yellow, or orange (which I personally think is a bit of a pity) but this brick red is a nice addition.
Vote for your favorites to be included in this season's pattern collection on the DROPS website. Bring on the fall!
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