Happy Friday! This week I was going through summer photos and found some hidden treasures from our August road trip. As hot and humid summer is gone, I wanted to save these images that remind me of salty air, hot, almost burning wind and the sound of waves crushing… I hope you will enjoy this little visual story today. I also prepared for you a set of downloadable wallpapers for your desktop and a phone. I wanted to do it for a long time, please, let me know if you like the idea 🙂
And now, off to California west coast… You can turn on Sigur Rósfor the perfect mood.
London designers were very diverse as usual – there was everything from proper suits to absolutely crazy clothes-sculptures in all kinds of materials. The same tendency was reflected in knitwear pieces – classic beige sweaters, unusual constructions, unexpected mix of materials and colors – you’ll see it all.
Emilia Wickstead, Daks and Margaret Howell offer proper tops and classic sweaters paired with casual pants and skirts. Simple, practical and comfortable are probably the best words to describe these pieces.
But this kind of description of knitwear definitely doesn’t apply to the rest of the knitwear items that appeared during this season in London. The rest is pushing the boundaries in many forms.
Teatum Jones and Ports 1961 are changing the idea of how you can wear sweater sleeves.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Pringle of Scotland mixed knitwear with the fabric. If you look closely at the sweater by Preen, you will see that this is basically the collection of different swatches put together with the piece of fabric. Well, there is an idea what to do with all these swatches you have accumulated during all these years of knitting 🙂
Christopher Kane mixes ruffles of fabric with simple rib knit dress and uses fancy yarns to create dresses. And Joseph creates the classic sweater, but spices it up with the super oversize fit and the use of bulky ribbon yarn of the uneven texture.
Pringle of Scotland uses macrame, machine knitting and crochet for its summer knitwear line.
A burst of color and graphic patterns. Chalayan sticks to the solid sunny color, layers and the mix of mesh pattern with the simple stockinette stitch.
Stripes, rhombus, chevron and color blocking in many shapes, textures and stitch patterns by Emporio Armani, Marques’ Almeida, House of Holland and Markus Lupfer.
And finally the dresses, of course! Julien Macdonald uses all possible crafts – macrame, machine and hand knitting, crochet, weaving, etc – to create his fit forming super fancy dresses.
And Teatum Jones creates basic rib knit dresses with the unusual sleeve set-in method.
That’s it for London Fashion Week knitwear review! Definitely very contradictory selection, but I hope some details got your attention 🙂
Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! If you remember this summer I published one more visual yarn storywith Pima cotton yarn by We Are Knitters. At that time I was so busy with my day job, life in general and finishing the patterns for Vintage collection that I was craving for some unplanned, unpredictable and easy going knit. I “blindly” cast on and dived into this experiment on-the-go.A couple of months later this sweater came off my needles.
Not that much planning was involved in this sweater. The only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to use elongated slip stitches – I just loved the smooth stockinette stitch fabric created by Pima cotton yarn and I felt like the slip stitches will create these “drops” of texture that will stand out, but not interrupt the simple background stitch. And as I was a couple of rounds in the neckline, I had another idea – what if to turn the dropped stitches into travelling across the sweater pattern. As soon as I tried it, I loved it and the rest is history 🙂
The name for the sweater – Rain – came in the middle of the project. In my eyes the diagonal lines of the elongated dropped stitches looked like drops of rain running along the window on a gloomy day.
Pima cotton by We Are Knitters. When WAKasked me to review one of their summer yarns, I knew pima cotton will be the perfect choice! This definitely my favorite type of cotton to work with – it;s amazing how soft and smooth it is and what beautiful fabric it creates – light, with crisp stitch definition and great drape! The other thing I wanted to point out is that the yardage for this yarn balls is so so so generous – I used just 3 (!!!) skeins for the whole sweater! I definitely have more that enough left for at least one more project!
As this sweater was planned as a zen knitting project, I kept things very simple.
Minimal neckline shaping that looks something between round neck or boat neckline, top down raglan construction with longer armholes for a relaxed fit, minimal shaping in the body and classic i-cord finishing.
My favorite detail of this sweater is sleeves – the elongated travelling drop stitch pattern used for the central panel in the main body mirrored in on the sleeves, running from the elbow all the way down to the cuff. I think it not only creates an interesting design detail, but also makes it so much more fun to knit the sleeves – you will be addicted to see how the “rain drops” are being painted by your needles.
Thank you, We Are Knitters, for this fun collaboration! I really hope I’ve managed to show the beauty of this fiber in this sweater.
If you like the sweater, please, let me know if you’d like to see it turned into the pattern and if you are interested in test knitting it. I will use my notes that I’ve made along the way and will finish the first draft of the pattern for Monday, October 2nd. Test knitting basically involves knitting the piece, sending me your notes/suggestions along the way and taking photos of the progress and the final piece and creating the Ravelry project page with all the notes and photos. You can also post about it on your Instagram account and the blog, if you have one. The deadline for finishing the sweater (including your photos of the finished piece and your notes) will be for Monday, November 13th (6 weeks from October 2nd). If you think, you can make it, please, send me an email at email@example.com or Ravelry message. Thank you so much!
The season of fashion weeks has started and I am keeping a close watch on the knitwear pieces appearing in designers’ collections. Most of the them are not devoted to knitwear per se, but there is always something to find and see how knitwear is incorporated in the whole look. As usual, New York designers are edgy, unconventional and a little bit on the crazy side. Let’s see what techniques, forms and stitches are being used for the upcoming spring, 2018.
The tendency that seemed to prevail during New York fashion week was to combine classic knitwear sweaters in neutral shades with more elevated pieces like sparkly skirts, romantic dresses, high-waisted pants and even ball gowns. The main focus is on the material – cashmere, angora, wool, cotton…
Sally LaPointe, Brandon Maxwell and Brock Collection:
More casual sport looks were created with loose and off the shoulder sweaters made in variety of techniques, including intarsia, brioche and embroidery.
Monse, Baja East and Dion Lee:
The collections are made for spring, so cropped tops were in abundance, in all their shapes and colors.
Zadig and Voltaire played with color stripes and gradients.
Michael Kors offers to match the color of your knitwear to the rest of the outfit.
Graphic designs created with intarsia and stripes by Colovos and Zimmerman
Though it’s spring season, I still managed to find some cable knitting! Matthew Adams cable skirts are definitely something new!
I am happy to see that crochet dresses keep appearing in every spring/summer season. Beautiful craftsmanship by Jonathan Simkhai, Ulla Johnson and The Row.
That’s it for New York fashion week knitwear review! Next stop is London, let’s see what UK designers come up with in terms of knitwear!
Happy Sunday! If you are following me on Instagram and Ravelry, you already know that Doina knitwear collection for Moeke Yarns is live! To say that we are all excited is to say nothing! It just feels so good to present the result of many many months of work, we’ve been through quiet a few bumps along the way, but at the end it did work out great. So, today I would like to tell you a little bit about my contribution. At the moment the sweaters are flying from the photo shoot with the talented photographer @satellitejune back to me and I’ll be excited to get back to them and create my own visual knitwear stories for you to enjoy here 🙂
My contribution for Doina is Vintage collection that includes Heritage, Ivy and Wheatsweaters. It took me awhile to come up with the name for the collection, but as it often happens to me, this kind of things come to me spontaneously. Our initial idea with Ioana was to create designs that would become staple wardrobe pieces, timeless and wearable. And so I thought how great it would be to make sweaters that will be knit by you and stay in your family for a very long time and become “vintage” one day. I know for sure, Moeke yarn can definitely handle the wear well! This is my little dream 🙂
Seamless sweater pattern with the travelling cable and 1×1 rib side panels.
You are already familiar with this sweater. It was quiet amazing to see the response to this design – thank you so much for all the love and support sent my way!!! Love to see its growing project gallery and your mods(what a smart sleeve detail)! Looking forward to see more pieces flying off your needles!
This design took me more time than Heritage and Wheat put together. I knew for sure I wanted to create a cozy turtleneck with the eye catching cable panel running in the center of teh front and back, but to find the perfect stitch combination was not easy, nothing felt quiet right for a while. There were 20+ swatches rejected – I just couldn’t catch this “aha” moment that I am always looking forward to in any design. Only after a couple of months of daily swatching, I finally came up with the stitch combination that I knew would work for it.
Ivy is a top-down turtleneck sweater with the yoke shaped as the compound raglan. For your convenience the yoke shaping is written out individually for each size in a concise manner that is easy to follow. The sweater is knit holding two threads of yarn to create a cozy warm fabric. The cable panel is running in the center of the body both at the front and back. The “background” fabric is knit in basic stockinette stitch. The hem features two small side slits for a better fit and the back is slightly longer than the front.
Depending on the amount of ease you choose, wear it as a fitted piece or as a cozy oversize sweater!
Seamless sweater pattern with the simple cable running along the sleeves.
Moeke merino yarn is extremely soft and delicate and I wanted to make justice to it and show it off in a simple way. Slightly uneven thread creates beautiful fabric. Wheat is a top-down sweater with the yoke shaped as the compound raglan, which creates a natural line running along the shoulder – something between the classic raglan and set-in sleeve. For your convenience the yoke shaping is written out individually for each size in a concise manner that is easy to follow. The body of a sweater is knit in basic stockinette stitch and the back is shaped with the help of short rows, which results in a slightly elongated shape at the back.The hem is trimmed with the twisted i-cord that creates a nice texture contrast with the stockinette stitch body. The main detail is the simple cable panel running along the sleeves. If you are new to cables, this will be the perfect project to learn – the cable twists are very simple and the instructions provided are both in visual chart and written form.
Please, join us in Moeke Ravelry group and share your projects – there will be amazing giveaways with the prizes from the sponsors!!
Thank you for your support and I hope you will have a wonderful day!
As for me we are getting ready for the storm, hopefully it won’t hit us too hard! What a crazy weather this season!
Happy Sunday! It’s been awhile since my last blog post, but there was so much going on behind the scenes, I didn’t have time to slow down and write all about it.
The most exciting news is that the countdown for Moeke 2017 knitwear collection has started! On 15th of September Ioanawill present you a beautiful lookbook with 7 patterns in Moeke yarns, designed by crazy talented Junko Okamoto and me. I am really looking forward to it and I hope you will join us in Moeke Yarns Ravelry group where you can share your progress, ask questions and win amazing prizes from the sponsors! I am sure it will be a fun place to be at with your projects!
Apart from Heritage sweater, you will see two more new designs from me – Ivyin Elena yarn and Wheat in Romanian merino. These sweaters are so different from each other and, I believe, will make great wardrobe staples. I will tell more about them on 15th of September with beautiful photos from the lookbook and all the technical info you will need! Also I am going to prepare a special collection pattern bundle. We are all very excited and a little bit nervous about this small collection and really hoping to see it on your needles this fall!!!