Gucci turquoise wool sweater with intarsia bee motif with brown trim.
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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

Oversized sky blue cardigan with pink embroidery details, by Christopher Kane
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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

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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

Long, all-over lace cardigan. Perfect for summer.
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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

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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

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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