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SS22: Knitwear

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Melange Knits

Cult Gaia


Eckhaus Latta



There is an increasing trend for melange knitwear. Those colorful yarns are perfect for light and  summery cotton-knits and propose great opportunities for sustainable alternatives. Whether you choose your melange knits to be tonal, colorful, color-blocking or with a stripe-effect, you will catch the joyful and optimistic spirit of the post-lockdown time. Eckhaus Latta, Area and Cult Gaia are already opting for those mood-enchanting and sometimes even conscious knits and are able to create a sense of community and purpose.

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Rib Knits




The Bazilika


To capture the more minimal and luxurious feel of the season, rib knits will remain an important focus for knitwear in 2022. Perfect for summery basics, these knits are able to function within a variety of products.  Especially relevant for form-hugging silhouettes, rib knits are introducing a more contemporary feel to beloved basics. Look at brands like Simon Miller, Maimoun and Dion Lee to see how rib can add a modern touch to knitwear pieces.

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Nostalgic Openwork



Musier Paris

For Love and Lemons

Van der Koi

With the nostalgic cottagecore-trend, that has proposed a great escape to reality during lockdown periods, the countryside has become a serious focal point across multiple generations. Whether that means relocating from city centers, spending more time in nature or simply escaping in your imagination. The charm of handcrafted openwork knits is the perfect way to capture the romantic spirit of the past and feed into this macro trend for Spring/Summer 2022. Openwork knits work well on cardigans, dresses and matching sets. They furthermore reflect the current taste for second hand clothing and more individualistic pieces.

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Artisanal Crochet

Magda Burtym

New Classics

Not just a Label


Jonathan Simkai

Creativity has become a big push during Covid-19, so do not set any boundaries to your knits. Crochet is one of the big knitwear trends for 2022, as it evokes a unique DIY spirit but can also work within a more natural and rustic product story. Crochet tops and layering pieces are a must for 2022. Brands like desquared2, newclassic and vereja are representing their brand-id through very individual and personal crochet interpretations. They show that for 2022 a more personal feel is gaining momentum and translating into knitwear products.

Key pieces

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The Bralette






The knitted bralette is a must-have product for SS22. Interpretations can range from crochet styles and minimal executions to very experimental styles. Knit bralettes also work especially well in a set, as seen in b.fleurs and @toptop.ru. 

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The Elevated Twist Top


Patrizia Pepe

Cult Gaia

Bite Studio


For SS22 elevated basics are th ekey to creating new bestsellers. Creative pattern-making is key here. Twisted, wrapped and knotted details give a sophisticated touch to long sleeve, T-Shirts and Tops. The luxurious feel of the twist is already used by Rue, Patricia Pepe and Cult Gaia.

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The Transitional Cropped Top

Paloma Wool



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The transitional crop top is the perfect versatile piece to integrate into your SS2022 collection. With climate patterns changing, the long-sleeved cropped top is especially practical for early spring and the transition from daytime into more chilly evenings. This knitwear piece also feeds into the demand for individuality as it can be styled in versatile ways. Paloma Wool, PixieMarket and Alexandre Guerain are already integrating this trend-piece.

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The Preppy Oversized Cardigan






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The Reworked Top


Source Unknwon

Lama Jouni

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Fashion Wonderer

With cut-outs and layers as one of the top SS21 trend, the idea of reinventing basics is pushing creative limits for SS22 even further. Combining cut-outs, layering and asymmetry new reworked tops are creating a unique feel. These pieces are also easily divided into two separate products, that create the desired effect while worn together: for example a knit bralette worn with an asymmetric top.

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The Constructed-Rib Dress



Dion Lee


The Bazilika

The constructed-rib dress is able to elegantly capture the cozy and luxurious minimalism that is dominating the taste of the market. The constructed ribs  for 2022 are able to capture a sensual femininity as they are able to translate the silhouette of the female body and are formfitting, like a glove. H-line or fitted shapes are often combined with slits, asymmetric necklines or sleeves and cut-outs for this style. Dion Lee, House of Dagmar and  brands like The Bazilika are showing that rib knits can  take a sophisticated glamorous form for SS22.

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The Cut Out Dress


Pixie Market

Cult Gaia



The trend for cut-outs and bare backs is continuing to increase from SS21 to SS22. Cut-outs can be very minimal and sophisticated or take some more experimental shapes. The world post-pandemic will be happy to show skin again and celebrate a period post fear-of-touch. The rib knit trend is perfect to combine with cut-outs to create elegant garments. 

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The Knit Shorts

Simon Miller



Live The Process


For SS21 the culotte had took over the runways, for SS22 culottes and shorts are taking over knitwear. Perfect for matching knitwear sets in summer, shorts can be combined with cropped tops and cardigans. Those shorts provide as much comfort as possible and are a great piece to wear at the poolside as well. Consider light cottons and supersoft yarns for a comfortable yet high-end feel.

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The Ribbed and Flare

Eckhaus Latta

Simon Miller

Lisa says gah

Anderson Bell


The knit fit and flare pants is the perfect alternative to the jersey legging. Those pants can be worn in casual and dressy contexts simultaneously. Through their form-hugging qualities, fit and flare knit pants are referencing the growing trend for the early 2000s and will be a must.have product for 2022. Here you can also combine this piece with the rib knit trend for a contemporary finish.

Get your bestsellers ready

Spring Summer 2022 will be an important season for knitwear. With the accelerated transition into a fluid lifestyle and with the widespread adaption of leisure and comfort-wear from office hours to free time, knitwear feeds into the consumers demand for comfort and versatility.

Livetrend technology has detected the must-have knitwear pieces for Spring Summer 2022, that you can start working on. We can detect the great return of fancy and printed threads matched with shaded patterns and new tye and die. The craze for lightness and transparency translates into lightweight knits, but also into openwork effects. Classic or extreme openwork comes down to the more rustic crochet, that remains a strong trend for SS22.

Key pieces of the season are bralettes, often worn with cardigans, in soft or chunky versions. Tops are reworked with delicate twist or made very feminine by cut-outs. This “dress over the keyboard trend” brings new interesting interpretations of the necklines.
The impulse of loungewear elevated the knit matching set into a cozy yet sophisticated style. Other pieces such as shorts or simple rib dresses are elevated to everyday wear.
Be sure to keep up with our knitwear trend updates to keep your range current and to not miss out on must-have products.

Our forecasting, which mixes data-analysis and human intelligence, gives you a mark to define a stable, increasing or a hot trends, thanks to the icon in the upper left corner of each trend. We will be updating you with more data, with the first deliveries for the SS21 collections.

21 December 2020