It’s that time of year again: we’ve looked through all our data and compiled the most popular crochet patterns from 2019, and this year’s list will not disappoint. Full of projects for the bold hearted, this roundup boasts daring designs packed with fearless color choices and adventurous accents. From classic pillows and cozy cardigans, to beautiful hats, scarves and tees, this list covers it all.
Sleeves were a big deal in 2019 and we can see why: each project featured is an instant classic and comes with an array of sleeve options, from bell shaped to open sleeves.
Trend Forecast: In 2020 … look for puffy sleeves
Don’t expect statement sleeves to go anywhere! We’re predicting puffy sleeves to make a strong comeback next year. From the fashion runways, you’ll notice over-the-top fashion as always, but apply bits and pieces of those trends into your crochet designs and you’ll be surprised. Add some flare to otherwise simple pieces with the addition of a puffed sleeve.
Get the look now: Pink Princess Ribbon Tee
PLAID TO SEE YOU
You can’t have fall without plaid and fall 2019 was no exception. Last year, Buffalo plaid took the spotlight, but don’t rule out unconventional ideas for future seasons.
Trend Forecast: In 2020 … look for linear lines
Get the look now: Wide Horizon Boatneck Tee
SCALLOP INTO FASHION
Our April 2019 issue featured a collection of scalloped designs that became instant favorites. Popular in fashion and décor at big box stores, scallops lend themselves easily to crochet edging. It was a no brainer to test our designers and see how they’d apply popular scallops to beautiful crochet designs. The results were polished, classic looks that speak volumes to the versatility of crochet.
Trend Forecast: In 2020 … high-low hemlines and peplums
Edgings will continue to be bold this year. Taking cues from the ‘80s, expect accentuated shoulders, off-set hems and flattering peplum tops. Some of these trends have been in and out of fashion in the past few years, but we are glad they are sticking around.
Get the look now: Pretty In Peplum Top
The classic wardrobe staple got an update last year, in seemingly every direction. We loved the flowy waterfall style of the Woodhill Cardigan and fully embraced the bold, textured style of the Harper Cardigan. Virtually exploding with creativity, we are excited to see what the future holds for the classic cardi.
Trend Forecast: In 2020…look for feminine silhouettes and slouchy styles
Be on the lookout for slouchy, laid-back styles inspired by ‘90s grunge wear to pop up in stores. Pair these trends with more feminine, A-Line silhouettes of years past, and you’ll have our prediction for next year. Prepare for everyone to feel comfortable and confident in 2020.
Get the Feminine look now: Café Sunshine Cardigan
Get the Slouchy look now: Cloud Peak Cardigan
Floral crochet designs were incredibly popular this past year, specifically in shawl patterns. These shawls, whether bold in color choice or size, are lovely additions to any floral collection.
Trend Forecast: In 2020… look for bigger, bolder florals.
Get the look now: Ring Around the Posies Skirt
KEEP IT IN NEUTRAL
Neutral colors had a moment in 2019 and we expect to see these hues continue well into 2020. Neutral is safe, but it’s also classic. These four patterns truly shine with their effortlessly chic neutral tones and versatility.
Trend Forecast: In 2020 … look for neutrals with neons
While we can’t say that a bright neon sweater is on our list of things to crochet this year, pops of neon are definitely something we can get on board with. Tip: pairing with neutrals softens the “blow” of neon yarn. Blacks and other darker colors offer too much contrast and tend to look dated.
Get the look now: Lime-Trimmed Cardigan
Denim yarn and jean-inspired hues were a welcome addition to the yarn world last year. Explore these three patterns that demonstrate how a little creativity can truly make denim yarn shine.
Trend Forecast: In 2020… look for crochet paired with denim
The love affair between crochet and denim will likely continue in 2020. Take a cue from what the fashion world is saying and go all in with this boho-chic style, pairing your favorite crochet pieces with denim jackets and denim jeans.
Get the look now: Sea Isle Tunic
Often a symbol of renewal and the changing of seasons, butterflies took shape in a very 3D way in 2019. Explore where you can feature these adorable little butterflies. Don’t stop with just these patterns — add them to mittens, hats, headbands, socks — you name it!
Trend Forecast: In 2020 … look for magical moments
Crochet can be a magical place to be, so make the most of 2020 with hand-painted yarns or unusual motifs: think swirls and florals and brushstrokes of watercolors.
Get the look now: Tahiti Blanket
Crochet stitches can create a dense fabric, or they can create an open, lace-type fabric. The latter, results in pieces that are a mix of warmth and breeziness — just like these four classic projects that captured your hearts in 2019.
Trend Forecast: In 2020 … netting
The world’s fascination with open-work crochet will continue into 2020, transforming into net-like designs. Not quite fishnet, but perhaps a bit of mermaid style, netting will make its crochet debut in tops, scarves and accessories. Expect to see an uptick in lacy stitch patterns and broomstick lace this year.
Get the Look Now: Sea To It Shawl
Each year, new animals take the center stage in the fashion industry. Some animals are here for a brief moment, while others stick around for years. These were some of the favorites from 2019.
Trend Forecast: In 2020… look for creative creatures (especially unicorns).
Get the look now: Confetti the Unicorn
As styles got more bold, so did color choices when it came to new designs. Whether there was color blocking or just unusual color pairings, these pieces were bold as ever.
Trend Forecast: In 2020… look for bold colors paired with metallics
Take bold to the next level by pairing strong hues with metallics. Any color that looks good in the light will have an extra glint whether with sequins, rhinestones, or metallic thread. The best news is metallics can be casual or dressy which will make these pieces extra versatile.
Get the look now: Shimmering Boatneck Blouse
Animal prints and mixed prints made quite the impression in the crochet world with diverse variations and different styles. Explore your wild side by remembering these old favorites featuring animal-inspired prints.
Trend Forecast: In 2020… look for polka-dot prints
Polka dot prints will have their time to shine once again in 2020 — and don’t be surprised to see polka dots paired with other prints to create a bold combination everyone will love. Have fun with this playful print and explore new ways to create polka dots in crochet.
Get the Look Now: Darling & Dotted Hat
Some prints, patterns and colors from the ‘70s made a comeback this year — especially in fall fashion trends. Colors like mustard and burnt orange were instant favorites and will likely pop up in other seasons too.
Trend Forecast: In 2020… look for marigold mania
We already saw a nod to the marigold in our October 2019 issue, but we are looking forward to seeing more of this unique shade in 2020. It’s not the traditional mustard color and it’s not quite gold either, but you’re sure to see it shine!
Get the look now: Bayside Dress