Knitted colour-block balaclava by Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, from net-a-porter.com.
Autumn Winter 2018-2019, Knitting inspiration, Knitwear In Fashion

New Season Knitwear: Mind your head- hoods & balaclavas

In this fifth part of New Season Knitwear, I look at the trend for hoods, balaclavas and layered scarves/cowls on the catwalks- and give suggestions for how knitters can be inspired by this trend, including some pattern suggestions. (This post was originally scheduled to be published in Autumn/Winter 2018-19. The featured trends are still applicable… Continue reading New Season Knitwear: Mind your head- hoods & balaclavas

Alexander McQueen black, rib knitted top with flared short sleeves with contrast red edging.
Autumn Winter 2018-2019, Knitting inspiration, Knitwear In Fashion

New Season Knitwear: On the Edge

In this fourth part of New Season Knitwear, I look at the trend for contrast colour edgings in knitwear on the catwalks- and give suggestions for how knitters can be inspired by this trend, including some pattern suggestions. (This post was originally scheduled to be published earlier in Autumn/Winter 2018-19. While the trend is still… Continue reading New Season Knitwear: On the Edge

Gucci turquoise wool sweater with intarsia bee motif with brown trim.
Autumn Winter 2018-2019, Knitting inspiration, Knitwear In Fashion

New Season Knitwear: Pretty Pictures

In this third part of New Season Knitwear, I look at the trend for intarsia colour work designs in knitwear on the catwalks- and give suggestions for how knitters can be inspired by this trend, including some pattern suggestions. Intarsia was a big feature in the collections of Autumn Winter 2017-18, (see my article Trending:… Continue reading New Season Knitwear: Pretty Pictures

Autumn Winter 2018-2019, Knitting inspiration, Knitwear In Fashion

New Season Knitwear: a little something extra

In this second part of New Season Knitwear, I look at the trend for embellished sweaters on the catwalks- and give suggestions for how knitters can be inspired by this trend, including some pattern suggestions. The 2017-18 trend of embellishing knitwear has continued to thrive in the new season, Autumn/Winter 2018-19.  This embellishment ranges from… Continue reading New Season Knitwear: a little something extra

Oversized sky blue cardigan with pink embroidery details, by Christopher Kane
Autumn Winter 2018-2019, Knitting inspiration, Knitwear In Fashion

New Season Knitwear: Playing with Proportion

In this first part of New Season Knitwear, I look at the trend for oversized sweaters on the catwalks- and give suggestions for how knitters can be inspired by this trend, including some pattern suggestions. Oversized sweaters continued to dominate the designer knitwear collections for winter 2018-19. Whether boxy, slouchy, highly textured or elegantly simple,… Continue reading New Season Knitwear: Playing with Proportion

Knitting inspiration, Knitwear In Fashion, Spring Summer 2018, Summer Knitting

Trending: the new back

Like an '80s mullet, many tops this season are business in the front and party in the back! Buttons, bows, lace panels, cut-outs, contrast fabric and architectural folds all transformed the backs of otherwise simple knitwear into more dramatic pieces. DESIGNER: Clockwise, from top, 3.1 Phillip Lim Open Back Ribbed Wool and Yak Blend Sweater… Continue reading Trending: the new back

Long white cardigan with all-over lace design. By Missoni, SS2018
Knitting inspiration, Knitwear In Fashion, Spring Summer 2018

Trending: openwork lace knits

Knitted and crocheted lacework designs are a big trend in knitwear this spring/summer 2018 – and are a fantastic source of inspiration for knitters. This lace trend is quite literally big, with many designers featuring large openwork designs of eyelets and other motifs, which often spread across garments in all-over designs. These lace designs are… Continue reading Trending: openwork lace knits

Long, all-over lace cardigan. Perfect for summer.
Knit Focus, Knitting inspiration, Summer Knitting, Yarn

Here Comes the Sun: knitting with cool cotton and bamboo

As spring slowly but surely moves towards summer here in the northern hemisphere, I thought I would bring you a second part in my hopefully-titled summer knitting series, Here Comes the Sun. (See part one: lightweight linen here) Today the focus is on two more plant fibres that are well suited for summer garments: cotton… Continue reading Here Comes the Sun: knitting with cool cotton and bamboo

Knit Focus, Knitting inspiration, Summer Knitting, Yarn

Here Comes the Sun: lightweight linen

For many of us in the UK, the title above is more an optimistic hope, (accompanied by crossed fingers and wistful sighing,) than a realistic expectation right now. In the cool, grey weather, I am still clinging to woolly jumpers and shawls in my everyday wardrobe. In my knitting, too, I find myself imagining projects like… Continue reading Here Comes the Sun: lightweight linen

Knitting inspiration, Other inspiration

Spotlight: Rainbow Bright

Rainbows are that magical, unlikely ray of colour that comes with a patch of sunshine in a rain storm. They are the reminder that there can be something positive even in the midst of a negative situation; of the promise of better, sunnier times ahead; of the colour in life that can sometimes feel all… Continue reading Spotlight: Rainbow Bright