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

Advert for BBC Ordeal by Innocence (2018)
Other inspiration

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

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

Today the focus is on two more plant fibres that are well suited for summer garments: cotton and bamboo/viscose. Included below: a quick introduction to the two fibres and their knitted fabrics; a few tips for knitting with their yarns; sources of further information; and finally, some inspiring pattern suggestions!

Knit Focus, Knitting inspiration, Summer Knitting, Yarn

Here Comes the Sun: lightweight linen

A celebration of linen yarn: in the cool, grey days of spring, I look forward to summer knitting and linen yarn - what is it, where to buy, tips for knitting and ideas for patterns.

Autumn Winter 2017-2018, Knitting inspiration, Knitwear In Fashion

Trending: more is more

    There were embellishments galore on the catwalk for autumn/winter 2017- many of them appearing at Gucci, which embraced the sentiment of more is more with some abandon. Tassels, fringing, pompoms, lace and feathers were all left hanging at hems and cuffs- see more at my article Spotlight: Dangly Bits (here). The fabric of garments… Continue reading Trending: more is more