Looking at this pattern collection
, I was struck by the dominance of grey – and realised I’ve also seen a lot of indie releases in this colour lately. I wondered if grey were as popular as this suggested, and it turned into a great Twitter conversation
. A number of yarn shop owners said no, not at all. Others said yes, definitely; one mentioned it’s particularly popular for baby knitters, which surprised me.
Some designers pointed out that it’s a smart choice for patterns because it’s easy to substitute and shows stitches well. One knitter suggested it could be related to the trend towards natural, undyed yarn shades. Knit Now editor Kate Heppell said, however, that UK customers don’t respond to grey as well as to colours.
Personally I can’t seem to get enough of grey, and the responses encouraged me to indulge myself in this further! I mean, just look.