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

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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
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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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Knits on Screen: Ordeal by Innocence

I recently watched the new BBC adaptation of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, Ordeal by Innocence. It was a story of hidden secrets, rather gruesome violence and surprising revelations, with some great performances. But I’m afraid I still found myself distracted by the sumptuous 1950’s fashion - and in particular the fabulous knitwear: classic cropped cardigans, colourful,… Continue reading Knits on Screen: Ordeal by Innocence

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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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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

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From the archives: Every other woman in Scotland knits…

    In this fourth instalment of the ‘always knitting’ series, the focus is on knitting in Scotland in the late 19th century. In his account in The Queen magazine (an earlier form of the modern day Harper’s Bazaar), the writer E.B.T. comments on the surprising ubiquity of knitters in Scotland, noting this activity goes… Continue reading From the archives: Every other woman in Scotland knits…

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To MKAL or not to MKAL?

    What is an MKAL? MKALs or Mystery Knit Alongs are an increasingly popular type of knitting event in which knitters from around the world join together to knit the same, unseen pattern. A little like putting together a jigsaw without seeing the completed picture, participants knit the pattern in instalments, unknowing of how… Continue reading To MKAL or not to MKAL?