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New Season Knitwear: a little something extra

The 2017-18 trend of embellishing knitwear has continued to thrive in the new season, Autumn/Winter 2018-19.  This embellishment ranges from small accents to more dense, all-over decoration, with the full range of haberdashery and needle crafts being employed. For example, there was floral appliqué at Oscar de la Renta and Chanel, a sprinkling of sequins… Continue reading New Season Knitwear: a little something extra

Oversized sky blue cardigan with pink embroidery details, by Christopher Kane
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New Season Knitwear: Playing with Proportion

Oversized sweaters continued to dominate the designer knitwear collections for winter 2018-19. Whether boxy, slouchy, highly textured or elegantly simple, these sweaters all share a relaxed, comfy feel. Combined with fluffy, soft fibres like mohair and alpaca, these oversized pieces become the ultimate in cosy winter clothing. Clockwise, from top left: Stella McCartney Oversized patchwork cotton-blend… Continue reading New Season Knitwear: Playing with Proportion

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New Season Knitting

After an unexpected summer hiatus, I’m really glad to be back writing again. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, September is the perfect moment to be returning to the topic of knitting as this really heralds the start of the most active knitting season, aka ‘sweater weather’! I have a number of articles… Continue reading New Season Knitting

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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
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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

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Best of Brioche

The gorgeous, squishy texture of brioche stitch has been increasingly visible in the knitting world over the last few years (- see my recent post on popular trends in 2017 here). So what is brioche stitch? Brioche is a type of tuck stitch in which each row is knitted twice, with yarn overs knitted together… Continue reading Best of Brioche

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Knitting Stars & Stats of 2017

The Knitting Year in Review As we start the new year, I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the most popular patterns and designers in the knitting world in 2017. According to the wonderful search facility on the knitting and crochet website, Ravelry.com, there were an incredible 41,095 knitting patterns… Continue reading Knitting Stars & Stats of 2017

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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

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When wrong is right: a celebration of the wrong side of knitting

  ‘I’m not wrong, I’m just knit that way.’* We learn from an early stage of knitting that one side of our fabric is the right and the other is wrong. This sounds strangely moralistic - as though one side is innately better in its qualities- when, in fact, the designations are simply a way to… Continue reading When wrong is right: a celebration of the wrong side of knitting

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Sweaters of the Season: Penguono

What is the Penguono?:  A pattern by the fantastically colourful and innovative designer Stephen West, the Penguono is a kimono style, short sleeved jacket that you can also flip upside down and wear as a long coat. Why is it a sweater of the season? Penguono was published by westknits in 2014 but embodies many… Continue reading Sweaters of the Season: Penguono