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Knitwear Inspiration. NYFW 2016.

Happy Sunday! It’s been awhile since my last Knitting Inspiration post and today I decided to show you the best knitwear pieces that appeared during New York Fashion Week 2016 that took place last week, where numerous designers showed their Spring/Summer 2017 collections. As I said many times before, knitting/crochet possibilities are really endless and it’s always so much fun to see the professional fashion designers’ interpretation of the classic stitches in their work! I also included my own notes how to try and recreate similar pieces in your own knitting/crochet. If to think about it – it is not that hard!! Let’s have fun and experiment!!

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Designer: Prabal Gurung.

Points of Interest: Ombre effect + light feathers.

How to recreate: First of all you need a pattern for a simple boat neck pullover. Knit it in an oversize version (I would say at least 10″ of positive ease is needed). Get an ombre yarn kit; there are so many options for it on Etsy right now, so I am sure it won’t be a problem. When you are done with the sweater, look for very light and thin feathers in your local craft stores or just try very light, thin and airy yarns to recreate feathers’ look. Sew the feathers on the sweater. You can play with feathers arrangements and see where this experiment takes you!


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Designer: Prabal Gurung.

Beige sweater

Points of Interest: Off the shoulder look, mix of different gauges, wide sleeves and intarsia.

How to recreate: To recreate this drape-y, light and transparent fabric, you need to work with very thin, spiderweb yarns (mohair/cashmere for example); to achieve the look of different gauges – you should change from knitting with one strand of yarn to several ones (the number depends how thin is your yarn). Sleeves are knit super oversize and then abruptly decreased to a fitting sleeve cuff. I think in the case of this sweater, intarsia technique is way too complicated and it will be much easier to embroider flowers on the fabric after the sweater is done.

Blue Sweater

Points of Interest: Superlong sleeves and a mix of stitches.

How to recreate: Play around with different stitch patterns and their placement.


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Cable Sweater

Designer: Tory Burch.

Points of Interest: Cropped shape, texture and cables.

How to recreate: You need a classic Aran pullover, if you can’t find the pattern for the cropped version, you can modify the length yourself. Judging by the photo, the sweater has a pretty structured look, which means that you will have to avoid cashmere, merino, alpaca, these fibers will create too much drape, but try to make it in cotton yarn – this will give you this structured look and amazing texture!

Pompom Sweater

Designer: Kate Spade.

Points of Interest: Fun pompoms on the neckline and fringe on the hem.

How to recreate: Super easy sweater to recreate! Find a classic raglan sweater pattern with wide turtleneck and after you are done knitting it, attach fun pompoms and fringe! There are lots of tutorials online for them!


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Designer: Alejandra Alonso.

Cable Sweater

Points of Interest: Travelling cables, asymmetric hem.

How to recreate: There are many patterns with travelling cables, so it won’t be  a problem! Asymmetric hem can be achieved with short rows.

Violet Sweater

Points of Interest: Wide sleeves and mix of textures.

How to recreate: Experiment with different stitch placement! It won’t be easy, but will definitely be worth it in the end! Knit the sleeves with at least 8″ of ease and decrease all the extra stitch in one row before starting the ribbing (that should be very fitting).


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Crochet suit

Designer: Adam Selman.

Points of Interest: Granny squares and mix of colors.

How to recreate: Take out all you yarn leftovers and have fun! The designer used different stitch patterns and variety of colors to create this eclectic look. Take any crochet stitch dictionary and experiment!

Crochet Top

Designer: Hellessy.

Points of Interest: Asymmetric hem and shoulder.

How to recreate: Designer used crochet stitches (looks like classic shell stitches), but this top can easily be done in knitting as well! Asymmetric hem and shoulder can be achieved either with short rows or decreases/increases. I would definitely prefer the latter, because this way it would be easier to maintain the stitch pattern.


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White Sweater

Designer: Yeezy.

Points of Interest: Oversize, off the shoulder sweater-dress.

How to recreate: Very easy to recreate! Choose chunky “fluffy” yarn and knit a very oversize long sweater with dropped shoulders and boatneck. Leave all the edges untrimmed for this “ragged” look.

Grey Sweater

Designer: DKNY.

Points of Interest: Cut-out shoulders and rib ridges.

How to recreate: A very avant-garde sweater, isn’t it? But if you are up to it, try combining simple stockinette stitch with textured ones in stripe sequence. This will create the ridges. As for the cut out shoulders: you will have to bind off half of the stitches after shaping the sleeve cap and cast on new stitches to continue the sleeve as usual.


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Designer: Michael Kors.

Crochet Dress

Points of Interest: Crochet see through stitches.

How to recreate: The perfect summer beach dress that you can also wear with the slip dress underneath. There are many crochet dress patterns out there, so it won’t be a problem to recreate!

Grey Sweater

Points of Interest: Oversize light long sweater.

How to recreate: It looks like your boyfriend sweater, so if you want to knit the same one for yourself, just find man’s sweater pattern. Make sure to use light yarns (fingering/lace) to recreate the drape!


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Designer: Novis.

Points of Interest: Crochet stitches and color blocking.

How to recreate: The designer used basic crochet stitches (single and double crochet, slip stitches and yarn overs) and simple shapes – squares and rectangles.

All photos are courtesy of www.vogue.com


This is it for NYFW inspiration! I hope you enjoyed this little overview and are inspired to pick up your yarn and experiment!

Have a great Sunday!


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By | 2016-09-25T10:14:40+00:00 September 25th, 2016|Crochet Inspiration, Knitting Inspiration|5 Comments

Friday Knitting and Crochet Inspiration. Maiyet.

Today I would love to share with you some knitwear pieces from the  Spring/Summer 2016 collection by modern fashion brand Maiyet. Though the heart of the company can be found in New York City, Maiyet can be definitely called international fashion brand. The label works with crafters and artisans from all over the world – India, Thailand, Peru, Italy, Kenya, Japan, etc.

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Handmade crochet Fringe Scarf and hand knit Arc T-Shirt Dress. 100% Japanese silk. Photo: www.maiyet.com

What I love about the company is how passionate it is about hand crafting. Maiyet works with skillful and passionate fiber artists from all over the world and the list of the techniques used in creating their collections is fascinating – hand knitting, macrame, crochet, hand block print development, reverse appliqué, embroidery, batik, shibori, metal working and hand carving.

Knitting Inspiration

Handmade Wave Jacquard Sweater. 72% wool, 28% pape. Photo: www.maiyet.com

This collection is so fresh, light and perfectly relaxed. Simple designs, hand craft and premium yarn… Perfect for a cool windy summer evening…

Knitting Inspiration

Hand knit Crew Neck Sweater. 100% Japanese silk. Photo: www.maiyet.com

I would wear every single one of these pieces! My personal favorite is this sweater-tunic with slipped stitches. I love how the simple technique created such an interesting effect!

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Handmade Dress. Photo: www.maiyet.com

For more inspiration visit Maiyet official website – www.maiyet.com. There you will find not only hand knit clothes, but also all kinds of textile craft!

Have a great creative weekend!


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By | 2016-04-10T08:26:15+00:00 March 18th, 2016|Crochet Inspiration, Knitting Inspiration|10 Comments

Friday Knitting and Crochet Inspiration. Agostina Bianchi.

Happy Friday!

Today’s inspiration is a young knitwear designer Agostina Bianchi. Her own label was born in 2001 and for more than a decade the designer has been creating unique knitwear pieces that are both fashion forward and ethical. Agostina, as a human, animal and environment advocate, makes sure to bring the awareness in each part of the clothing production process – from the raw material to the final product.

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Collection Autumn/Winter 2016 Photo: www.agostinabianchi.com

Agostina sources the reusable leftovers from the spinning production to create her collections and works with Indian community of the north of Argentina reviving their long-forgotten textile traditions. In her collections Agostina uses machine knitting, hand knitting, crochet, loom techniques.

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Collection Spring/Summer 2016 Photo: www.agostinabianchi.com

I really love how the designer plays with traditional techniques and uses them in a new and fresh way. For example, this fair isle jacket with the “wrong” side facing. Love how the floats create additional texture and slightly “blurred” colors effect. What a great idea to try!

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Collection Autumn/Winter 2016 Photo: www.agostinabianchi.com

My absolute favorite is the long crochet dress from brand’s spring/summer 2016 collection. The colors are just perfect together and remind me of fresh sea breeze.

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Collection Spring/Summer 2016 Photo: www.agostinabianchi.com

To see more knitwear pieces visit brand’s official website www.agostinabianchi.com 

Have a great creative weekend!


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By | 2016-04-10T08:30:30+00:00 February 5th, 2016|Crochet Inspiration, Knitting Inspiration|8 Comments

Friday Knitting and Crochet Inspiration. Stella Pardo.

Happy Friday!

This week I would love to share with you a wonderful designer – Cinthya Guerrero, a creator of the french fashion label Stella Pardo. Cinthya combines fabric, crochet and knitting techniques in her stunning pieces.

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Handmade Crochet Dress Photo: www.stellapardo.com

I admire Stella Pardo’s collections for its truly inspiring masterpieces and for the story behind the brand. The designer, of Peruvian origin, created her clothes line to support the Peruvian community of women as a form of respect and gratitude to her ancestors. All pieces are handmade in Peru with the use of local alpaca and organic pima cotton materials that meet all the ecological standards.

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Handmade Knit Dress Photo: www.stellapardo.com

Every year Cinthya travels to Peru to ensure the well-being of her employees. It’s important for her that these women have the opportunity to support themselves and their families with their craft and she does her best to provide high-standard working conditions for them.

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Handmade Crochet Dress Photo: www.stellapardo.com

What I find really fascinating is that Cinthya doesn’t have any design professional training. She thinks it’s not essential to have a piece of paper that confirms that you can create. The designer’s main criteria in creating is her instinct and feeling for style that comes from the ability to see.

My favorite piece is this feminine crochet dress. I love the stitch pattern, the fit and the color of this beauty!

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Handmade Crochet Dress Photo: www.stellapardo.com

For more inspiration visit brand’s official website www.stellapardo.com.

Have a great creative and inspiring weekend!


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By | 2016-04-10T08:31:32+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|Crochet Inspiration, Knitting Inspiration|15 Comments

Friday Knitting and Crochet Inspiration. Alberta Ferretti & Gucci.

Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week and are ready to spend some weekend time with yarn and needles/crochet hook. Let’s take a look at some new knitwear pieces that appeared in Alberta Ferretti Pre-Fall 2016 and Gucci Pre-Spring/Summer 2016 collections.

The first look that caught my eye is the combination of a simple classic sweater and a long quiet dramatic skirt with gorgeous embroidery. I love this hoodie-cowl! I think it drapes beautifully when put down and can be a great alternative for a hat.

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Photo: Alberta Ferretti Pre-Fall 2016 lookbook

One more piece from Ferretti’s collection that makes me fall in love with fiber crafts deeper and deeper. It looks like some ribbon knitting and embroidery was used in this stunning dress. The look can be easily recreated with long slipped stitches.

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Photo: Alberta Ferretti Pre-Fall 2016 lookbook

Gucci is no less inspiring. At first I didn’t even realize that I was looking at a crochet piece!

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Photo: Gucci Pre-Spring/Summer 2016

And of course I couldn’t miss a white crochet dress in this collection! It is quiet an unusual combination of a romantic crochet lace and sport knit neckline. The body of a dress can be recreated with square crochet motifs.

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Photo: Gucci Pre-Spring/Summer 2016

Have a great creative weekend!


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By | 2016-04-10T08:38:31+00:00 November 6th, 2015|Crochet Inspiration, Knitting Inspiration|8 Comments

Friday Knitting Inspiration. Runway Knits 2016 Review.

Fashion weeks are in their full bloom right now and we can have a sneak peek into what designers have come up with for spring-summer 2016 season. Here are my favorite knits that appeared on different runways.

 Interesting textures, slouchy shapes and embellishment is what seems to be “in” right now in sweater design. First one that caught my attention is by Trussardi. I love the color and sparkly details. It’s not the most practical sweater, I guess, but I’ve been dreaming to work with beads in my knitting and the embellishment of this sweater is very intriguing. I am not sure about the neckline though, it seems way too deep and slouchy to me.

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Trussardi spring/summer 2016

Next one is by Public School. A mix of different textures, colors and stitch patterns. If you look closely you will notice stockinette stitch, lace and cables. I love its slouchy shape, but to me it looks like cables got lost and can be hardly seen on the grey background.

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Public School spring/summer 2016

One more sweater is by Thakoon. I fell in love with its stitch diversity! Though if I decided to knit something like that I would make it with long sleeves and longer. I always feel uncomfortable in crop sweaters.

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Thakoon spring/summer 2016

A gorgeous crochet piece by Delpozo that just stole my heart! Wouldn’t change a thing about it. It is really difficult to make a whole piece covered in crochet flowers that doesn’t look too much and tacky, but this design looks very balanced.

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Delpozo spring/summer 2016

And I saved my favorite one for dessert. A crochet dress with a stunning graphic pattern  and a playful fringe on the edge by Edun. I would definitely love to make something like that, not sure about the fringe though… I never had a chance to wear one 🙂 But overall the design is so inspiring!

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Edun spring/summer 2016

Next week Friday Inspiration will be taken over by World Crafters! We will see some truly stunning handmade pieces!

Have a great, fun and creative weekend!


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By | 2016-04-10T08:40:50+00:00 October 9th, 2015|Crochet Inspiration, Knitting Inspiration|4 Comments
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