Autumn Winter 2017-2018, Knit Focus, Other inspiration

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 distinguish… Continue reading When wrong is right: a celebration of the wrong side of knitting

Knitting inspiration, Knitwear In Fashion, Other inspiration

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

Dutch, 19th century print of woman sitting at a garden table. A kettle is on a stove by her side and her feet are propped on a stool.
19th century knitters, From the Archives

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…

Knit Focus, Other inspiration

Spotlight: an eye for detail

    These cute little mitts featuring foxes, beavers, squirrels and rabbits are part of The Woodsy Association 2.0 collection from tiny owl knits. They're a great example of how little details can make a design really special - from the subtle colour shading in the animal faces to the adorable little tassels added on… Continue reading Spotlight: an eye for detail

17th century image of woman.
19th century knitters, From the Archives

From the archives: knitting while she works

  In North Wales the women are very industrious; they are always knitting... Another short extract today for the 'always knitting' series, which features 19th century commentary about European women's apparently ubiquitous and incessant knitting. (See here for part one of series and see menu for From the Archives - always knitting). The extract below is… Continue reading From the archives: knitting while she works

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

Trending: picture knitting

    Intarsia, also known as picture knitting, was a big trend on the catwalks for Autumn/Winter 2017. This technique allows designers to precisely apply and play with colour. Unlike   stranded colourwork, intarsia can be used to place blocks of colour anywhere and in any shape within a knitted fabric, using as many colours… Continue reading Trending: picture knitting

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

19th century photo of Swiss woman knitting, surrounded by baskets of vegetables.
19th century knitters, From the Archives

From the archives: knitting stockings as they walk along…

  waiting for customers, they are found knitting... A short extract today for the 'always knitting' series, which features 19th century commentary about European women's apparently ubiquitous and incessant knitting. (See here for part one of series). I particularly love the photo above which I thought perfectly illustrated the extract. It was taken in about 1869… Continue reading From the archives: knitting stockings as they walk along…

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

Trending: designer socks

Knitted socks are hugely popular amongst knitters, but rarely feature much in mainstream fashion. But this autumn/winter season, the knitted sock has been elevated to the catwalk. Or at least they were at British fashion brand Mulberry (here.) Mulberry's A/W 2017 collection featured an array of fuzzy mohair socks - some above the knee, others… Continue reading Trending: designer socks

19th century picture of woman helping a child with her sewing.
19th century knitters, From the Archives

From the archives: always knitting

  They are to be seen knitting in all times and season, ‘from dewy morn to dusky eve,’ from January to December. On they go, looping and twisting, with remorseless industry 19th century British and Irish newspapers - and presumably readers - seem to have had a surprising fascination with women's knitting. More particularly, they were intrigued… Continue reading From the archives: always knitting