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The Latest Trends in Needlearts

Posted By TNNA Editor, Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018

The Latest Trends in Needlearts

Yoke Sweaters

Yoke Sweaters knit from top-down or bottom-up! Colorwork, Fair Isle and cable or laddering details and right on trend!

Jennifer Steingass
Ravelry: Lovewool-knits

Timeless yet modern hand-knitting patterns inspired by nature.  Jennifer’s stranded colorwork, yoke sweaters have recently arrived in Ravelry and have been well received with an active KAL on Instagram #knitlovewooolkal.

By Jennifer Steingass
Published in Lookbook #2: Portland and Mid-Coast Maine

Tin Can Knits 
@Tin Can Knits
Ravelry: Tin Can Knits


Strange Brew
By Tin Can Knits
Published on Ravelry

This is a recipe pattern for designing your own yoke sweater!  Simply follow the instructions and they have done all the math for you!  The pattern includes 25 sizes.  You can pick your own motifs and colors to design a sweater that is as unique as you are.

The recipe includes:

·         Instructions for sweater body and sleeves.

·         An overview of round yoke design.

·         A ‘plug and play’ round yoke guideline pattern (just follow the pattern - no math!).

·         A hat and cowl pattern so you can make ‘useful swatches’ to choose yarn, color, and patterns before you begin your sweater.

·         Nearly 100 stitch patterns to get you started, and knitters graph paper so you can draw your own.

·         A ‘wedge design’ strategy for the more adventurous knitter.


Caitlin Hunter 
Ravelry: Boylandknitworks

By: Cailtin Hunter
Published on Ravelry under Boyland Knitworks

 Zweig is a fingering weight yoke sweater worked from the top down featuring lace, colorwork and texture on the body. I love the relaxed beauty of a yoke sweater, and the way the drape of fingering weight yarn is flattering and comfortable at the same time. As a mom of three extremely busy boys, clothing that allows me to stay stylish without sacrificing comfort is worth its weight in gold- I hope you like it too!


Socks! A vanilla sock, cabled sock, striped sock … any sock!  There are tons of variety in the heel: short row, fish-lips-kiss heel, after-thought heel — any and all are welcomed. Adding an embellishment to socks of a tassel or pompoms will be a big trend for this fall.  You can even turn your socks inside out and not weave in the ends — this is now a fashion statement! Not lazy yarn work!

Erica Lueder 
Ravelry: Dreamsinfiber

Hermione’s Everyday Socks
By Erica Lueder
Published on Dreams in Fiber website

This is a free Ravelry download pattern that has sky-rocketed to one of the most popular patterns on Ravelry.  It is translated into 5 languages and is named after Hermione as she is described in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series.  

Susan B Anderson 
Ravelry: susanbanderson
Instagram: susanbanderson


Smooth Operator Socks
By: Susan B Anderson
Published in Susan B Anderson’s Ravelry Shop

Pattern information: 
Sizes included in the pattern: 
Extra-small (will fit a large child) 
Medium (this is the size I make for myself!) 
Large (will fit men or a woman’s larger size foot)

 I love knitting top-down socks and I love self-striping and patterning sock yarn. I also love it when the patterning in the yarn doesn’t get broken up or rearranged on the front of the sock. This often happens when you are knitting the heel section of the sock. To avoid this problem I started exploring the afterthought heel, where the heel stitches are placed on waste yarn and saved for later. With a little variation of my own, I’ve found that this heel is a clever and perfect solution for your striping sock yarn woes.

What’s different about the Smooth Operator Socks you might ask? The pattern is written for four different sizes and includes instructions for both double-pointed needles and Magic Loop. The tutorial pattern is written in conversational style with tips and tricks along the way. The pattern includes step-by-step tutorials with photos but also has a quick read version at the end for those who don’t need the tutorial or want to have a printed version. The quick version is 3-pages long without photos. 

I have a modified twist for placing the heel waste yarn that makes it much easier to remove later. Also, I’ve never loved the look of the bars of stitches in between the decreases that run along both sides of the heel and toe. I’ve found a sleeker decrease sequence to eliminate those bars so the sock looks almost completely seamless and so smooth. I like to complete the afterthought heel before the foot of the sock is finished so taking accurate measurements for the foot length is much easier. 

I hope you enjoy knitting the Smooth Operator Socks as much as I do. This is now my go-to sock for self-striping or patterning yarn although it will work for variegated, solid or tonal yarns just as well. Best of all, the fit is perfect!


A poncho, cape, or wrap is perfect for changing temperatures and you need a simple layer that goes from fall to spring.  Volume is an overarching theme in these garments, highlighting the importance of laid-back comfort.  Choose a luxurious yarn and make a statement piece that will enhance your wardrobe.

Caitlin Hunter 
Ravelry: Boylandknitworks

Ninilchik Swoncho
By: Caitlin Hunter
Published on Ravelry under Boyland Knitworks

Inspired by a desire to design a modern, unexpected take on a classic Lopapeysa, the Ninilchik Swoncho is my personal dream come true of style meets cozy comfort…

The shift between seasons can bring some unexpected weather, and layers are an essential part of staying comfortable as the temperature dips and lifts. This swoncho is as comfy as being wrapped in a blanket, but is more functional thanks to its clever construction and sleeves. This cozy piece will surely be a go-to knit in your closet - you may find yourself reaching for it year-round! Coming in just 2 sizes that fit a wide range of bodies, you may even have to make a few to compensate for the family members who swipe one from under your nose!

Embroidery To Go

Embroidery is not just on hoops.  It has a prominent place on denim jackets and jeans. Handmade make-up pouches, pencil cases, and knitting bags are also commonly personalized and adorned.


Woolly Tattoos

Tif (aka Dottie Angel) @dottieangel

Embroidery Art

Sheena Liam
Embroidery art with handmade hair in mixed media



About Joy Macdonell

Joy Macdonell ( is a Creative Blogger and Fiber Consultant. Her job has provided her with lots of great opportunities to teach, including as the host of a television show on the DIY network (Greetings, from DIY) and one on PBS (Crafting at The Spotted Canary). She has also been the guest representative for Martha Stewart Crafts on the Home Shopping Network and has been the education director for the Martha Stewart Crafts brand since it launched in 2007. Prior to starting her career with EK Success Brands in 2001, she and her sister owned the very popular scrapbook store in Fairfax, VA, My Scrapbook Store.

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