Helloooooooo, spring! Though today's been a bit on the rainy and windy side, there's no denying that the flowers are blooming full force, and the time for knitting out on the front porch with a tall glass of your favorite cold beverage is almost upon us. Let's see what effect the approach of warm weather in the Northern hemisphere is having on the knitting world!
We saw neck accessories skyrocket this month, due in part to Romi Hill's Easter Egg Hunt promo about two-thirds of the way through; shawls, stoles and scarves moved from 30% of the average percentage last month to 39%. This is high in comparison to what we've seen for this category over the last few months, but it's still 11% shy of the 50% of the market we saw last year during the same promo and time period. Garments also gained some ground this month, with cardigans moving from 14 to 16% and pullovers from 14 to 15%, partially due to the presence of the garment-heavy Wool People 7 from Brooklyn Tweed, Twist Collective Spring/Summer 2014, and Interweave Knits Summer 2014 and partially for organic reasons. These gains caused vests, mitts, and men's garments to drop off the list, and all others maintained small percentages.
Lace saw a major peak this month with Romi's promo, and smaller ones organically and with Twist Collective and Interweave Knits; it also climbed over the month. Stockinette had an organic spike about a third of the way through, but dropped severely during Romi's promo. Mid-month, both as a result of Twist Collective and organically, brought us a few less prominent spikes in colorwork and texture. Each of these dropped slightly over the month as a result of lace gaining prominence. Cables had a bit of a spike with Wool People 7, but remained otherwise very low.
So there you have it--a somewhat steady month across the board, but one where the percentages are creeping to a neck accessory and garment, semi-solid, cool-toned, lace majority. I look forward to seeing what May brings!