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Spring/Summer 2023 Knitting Trends

It's that time again! Garnstudio have opened up the vote for their newest knitting pattern collections for spring and summer 2023. This is great opportunity to take a look at what has trickled down the runway into everyday knitwear. Here are my top 5 trend picks from the upcoming collection.

 

Everything Old Shale Is New Again

Traditional Gansey-style patterns get a new spin.
Traditional Gansey-style patterns get a new spin.

The first thing that struck me are patterns featuring several stitch patterns organized in horizontal sections. Some of them are coupled with lace but some are just textured knit-and-purl patterns, reminiscent of the classic Guernsey/Gansey-style fishermen's sweaters.


Old Shale is back! Or perhaps it never went away?
Old Shale is back! Or perhaps it never went away?

Another oldie having a renaissance is the Old Shale, a wavy lace pattern reminiscent of ocean waves or clam shells which is what the name comes from. I see this classic lace pattern versioned on at least a 10 or so of the designs. By the by, if you've always thought Old Shale and Feather and Fan are just two names for the same thing… they're not! Even the revered Barbara Walker got it wrong.


Voluminously Boxy

The reign of the boxy drop-shoulder continues.
The reign of the boxy drop-shoulder continues.

This is nothing new: the oversized, boxy, drop-shoulder sweater with minimal (or non-existent) shaping still reigns supreme. Lengths are getting shorter as evidenced by the multitude of cropped tops but garment circumferences and sleeve widths are still quite voluminous. I, for one, am ready for the comeback of the more fitted garments of the early aughts.


Sophie's Choice: Mini Shawls

Shawls are mini-sized this season.
Shawls are mini-sized this season.

The neckerchief-styled and sized mini-shawl was already on the radar in the Fall/Winter 2022/2023 knitting trends but it has become increasingly more popular over the months. Undoubtedly fueled on by the popularity of PetiteKnit's Sophie Scarf, there's been an explosion in similar shawlette patterns that you can knit with just a small amount of yarn.


DROPS have several of these in the spring/summer line-up, including one in garter stitch with classic center-spine increases, one in stockinette, and a couple featuring lace. And hey, it's that Old Shale again!


Groovy, Man

Is a bucket hat on your bucket list?
Is a bucket hat on your bucket list?

Remember when these were last in style? Yeah, I don't want to either. A lot of things and colors we see in fashion today is inspired by the nineties. The hottest summer accessory this season — aside from the mini-shawl — is a crocheted bucket hat. Even better if it's patterned, striped, or color blocked.


Blah or Primary?

Pan-tone it down!
Pan-tone it down!

The color palette for Spring and Summer 2023 is an odd dichotomy of pastel-y tones of sad greige and eye-searing primaries. The warmer months usually get more dreamy, toned-down, powdery colors compared to fall and winter but this year they're paired with offensively bright, back-to-the-nineties, almost neon-y colors. Very prominently present in the DROPS patterns are, for instance, Classic Green, Tangelo, Fiery Red, and Beetroot Purple straight out of the Pantone New York Spring/Summer 2023 color palette.


What's your take on the spring and summer knitting trends? Excited or underwhelmed? Sound off below! 👇

 

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DROPS knitting pattern collections provide a look at what has trickled down the runway into everyday knitwear. In the Spring and Summer 2023 season we'll be knitting modern interpretations of classic Old Shale and Gansey-style sweaters. Mini shawls and oversized boxy drop-shoulder sweaters are still trendy. Nineties-inspired crocheted bucket hats are back. Color palettes are an eclectic mix of dusky pastels with intensely bright primaries. #knitting #trends #knittingtrends #knitweartrends

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Susanna Winter is a knitwear designer, creating timeless and elegant pieces with clean lines. She has been knitting for over 20 years, knit blogging since 2007, and designing knitting patterns professionally since 2016.

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