Model wears slouchy, knitted linen cotton sweater with dramatic cutouts and asymmetric hemline. Fabric is mottled blue and white stripes. From Stella McCartney Spring 2019.
Knitwear In Fashion, Spring Summer 2019, Summer Knitting

Knitwear Trends for Summer 2019: Shabby Chic

Welcome to the fourth instalment of my new series: Summer Knitwear 2019! In this series I look at the trends in summer knitwear this year and make pattern suggestions for knitters inspired to replicate these looks. See here for an overview and links for the whole series. In today’s post, the focus is on the trend… Continue reading Knitwear Trends for Summer 2019: Shabby Chic

Model wearing long, wool blend cardigan with all-over, richly decorative, floral intarsia colour-work In oranges, blues and greens, and with contrast hem and cuffs.
Knitwear In Fashion, Spring Summer 2019, Summer Knitting

Knitwear Trends for Summer 2019: Intarsia Colour-work

Welcome to third instalment of my new series: Summer Knitwear 2019! In this series I look at the trends in summer knitwear this year and make pattern suggestions for knitters inspired to replicate these looks. See here for an overview and links for the whole series. In today’s post, the focus is on the widespread trend of… Continue reading Knitwear Trends for Summer 2019: Intarsia Colour-work

Model wearing oversized, cream sweater with multicoloured floral intarsia design; sweater worn tucked in to stone coloured shorts.
Knitwear In Fashion, Spring Summer 2019, Summer Knitting

Knitwear Trends for Summer 2019: an overview

  Welcome to my new series: Knitwear Trends for Summer 2019! An introduction In this series, I’ll be looking at the latest trends in knitwear and offering pattern suggestions for knitters who are inspired to make these styles. In future posts, I’ll look at some of key trends of the season: Lace, Embellishments, Intarsia colour-work, Contrast… Continue reading Knitwear Trends for Summer 2019: an overview

Knitted colour-block balaclava by Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, from net-a-porter.com.
Autumn Winter 2018-2019, Knitting inspiration, Knitwear In Fashion

New Season Knitwear: Mind your head- hoods & balaclavas

In this fifth part of New Season Knitwear, I look at the trend for hoods, balaclavas and layered scarves/cowls on the catwalks- and give suggestions for how knitters can be inspired by this trend, including some pattern suggestions. (This post was originally scheduled to be published in Autumn/Winter 2018-19. The featured trends are still applicable… Continue reading New Season Knitwear: Mind your head- hoods & balaclavas

Alexander McQueen black, rib knitted top with flared short sleeves with contrast red edging.
Autumn Winter 2018-2019, Knitting inspiration, Knitwear In Fashion

New Season Knitwear: On the Edge

In this fourth part of New Season Knitwear, I look at the trend for contrast colour edgings in knitwear on the catwalks- and give suggestions for how knitters can be inspired by this trend, including some pattern suggestions. (This post was originally scheduled to be published earlier in Autumn/Winter 2018-19. While the trend is still… Continue reading New Season Knitwear: On the Edge

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

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

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

Knitting inspiration, Other inspiration

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

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

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