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Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2017.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Fair Isle sweater by Adam Lippes

I never skip the opportunity to see new and unusual knitwear pieces and get inspired. It’s Fall/Winter 2017 fashion weeks season in the world of vogue and I thought it would be interesting to see what knitwear ideas the designers come up with in the new season. Several months ago I already shared NYFW spring/summer knitwear review and that post spiked quiet a contradictory discussion on one of the Facebook pages. So, before I get to the review, I want to remind that the runway show is a show and a lot of pieces do look unwearable and quiet out of this world, but for me there is always something inspiring to be found – whether it is just a small detail on the sleeve or the whole sweater.

Classic. Simple, cozy, oversize casual sweaters paired with the skirt seem to be the thing in fall/winter 2017. Mohair pieces by Dion Lee look so incredibly soft and light – I would live in them! Neutral and subdued colors are perfect for these wardrobe staples. And these sweaters are so easy to knit, though to create such wonderful drape, you’d have to use a pretty thin yarn.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Dion Lee and Victoria Beckham

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Nicholas K and Brock Collection

Colorwork. I very rarely work with fair isle and intarsia, but some of the pieces from the shows are so wonderful that I might reconsider soon! Such a great idea by 3.1 Phillip Lim to use a completely different in structure/color fiber for intarsia in the dark blue sweater. The pink dress looks like the work of patchwork with subtle grey intarsia details.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

3.1 Phillip Lim

A little bit more extreme work with color: fringes, multiple colors and intarsia motifs. I wouldn’t recreate the whole sweater like these ones, but I would definitely love to add some fringe details to my sweaters!

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Zadig & Voltaire and Cinq a Sept

One more color techniques that attracted my attention – intarsia combined with embroidery and different materials. Victoria Beckham (in the middle) mixed knitting and sewing in one sweater – there are patches of knit stitches and the usual sewing fabric. I think it is a great way to experiment!! Delpozo went further and combined classic intarsia with beads, feathers and other unusual materials. Personally I would knit a simple grey sweater and embroider it with silver beads – definitely saving this idea for future projects!

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Victoria Beckham and Delpozo

Tory Burch is also giving us interesting ideas for color knitting. The green sweater’s yoke is work inside out showing all the floats. This is not the first time I see designers using the wrong side of the fair isle as the public one and I really love the effect created – the color pattern becomes slightly blurred. I also like the unusual stripes placement in the sweater in the middle, definitely worth taking a note!

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Tory Burch

Öhlin/D and Whit presented wonderful sweaters – simple and classic shapes with very beautiful color play. The first sweater is knit using the usual fair isle technique and then contrast color knitted stripes are woven into the fabric – love it!

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Öhlin/D and Whit

Carolina Herrera is classic and feminine, as usual. Colorful, but monochrome sweaters with a bit of texture and classic fit. Would knit and wear all of them!

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Carolina Herrera

More subtle colors and textures from Sies Marjan and Eckhaus Latta. Though the sweater in the middle is menswear I would definitely cuddle in it – love the neckline and the textured sleeves.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Sies Marjan and Eckhaus Latta

Neutral knits were also abundant. Those knits by Brandon Maxwell, Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta are quiet extravagant – cropped shape with exaggerated shoulders, one sleeve sweater paired with a sleeve scarf (that is definitely something new!) and super oversize sweater with extra long sleeves.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Brandon Maxwell, Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta

More neutrals by Oday Shakar and Sachin & Babi. The sweaters are wearable and very beautiful – classic crewneck knit in yarn with a sheen, bell sleeves and casual cable sweater. I would definitely knit the last one!

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Oday Shakar and Sachin & Babi

One of my favorite neutrals is this simple and elegant dress by Lela Rose – look at the cable combined with beads details!

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Lela Rose

Two sweaters that attracted most of my attention are by Prabal Gurung – though the shapes of the sweaters are quiet extreme, the details are mesmerizing! Cables, fringe, ribbing, beads – so many unusual details!

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Prabal Gurung

Two simple, wearable and knit inspiring sweaters by J. Crew and Adam Lippes. I love the yoke on the blue sweater – such a classic, yet modern design. And the beautiful travelling ribbing on white sweater is going on my to try list!

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

J. Crew and Adam Lippes

J. Crew created a truly wonderful collection – light, feminine and very wearable and “knitable”. Off the shoulder cozy grey sweater is on my must-knit list for ages! And what an unusual way of combining fair isle and cables in green pullover! Absolutely beautiful!

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

J. Crew

That’s it for NYFW review and I hope you’ve found here something interesting, something inspiring and maybe something funny 🙂 Fashion week is in London right now and I am definitely going to watch out for more knits!

P.S. All photos are courtesy of Vogue.com


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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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Friday Knitting Inspiration. Zynni Cashmere.

Zynni Cashmere is a young knitwear brand created by Qing Hua in 2013. A graduate of the London College of Fashion, Qing worked for several years in a cashmere garment factory in China where she studied all aspects of the cashmere garment creating process.

Before devoting her life to knitwear fashion, Qing had 6 years of training in classical Chinese dance. This experience definitely found reflection in her knitwear brand.

Zynni Cashmere works only with 100% fine cashmere of the best quality, most of it is undyed. Zynni Cashmere website has a very good article on how to take care of this luxurious fiber to make sure it will serve you a long time – Cashmere Care.

The signature style of the brand is classic clean lines, neutral colors and a superb quality. Truly timeless knitwear.

For more inspiration visit the brand’s official website – www.zynnicashmere.com

Have a great creative weekend!


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By | 2016-07-01T07:04:26+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Knitting Inspiration|4 Comments

Friday Knitting Inspiration. Johan Ku.

Happy Friday!

It’s been awhile since my last Knitting Inspiration post, life’s been busy. Today I would love to introduce you one of my favorite and inspiring knitwear designers – Johan Ku. Johan was born in Taiwan, in a family who was very far from the world of art or fashion. At the age of 17 Johan started working as a freelance graphic designer and later became fascinated with the fashion and textile design. During his studies, Johan released his “Emotional Sculpture” knitwear collection – a mix between wearable shapes and art pieces; after that the world’s fashion industry labeled him “The Glory of Taiwan”, acknowledging his innovative approach to knit textiles.

Johan’s signature style is sculpture-like silhouette garments, unique textiles and chunky yarn. Designer is mostly inspired by “interesting textiles and yarn” – this is always a starting point for his collections. His label is a mix of wearable pieces and knitwear art installations. I find the latter especially fascinating – yarn takes an incredible shape in the hands of Johan.

One of Johan’s life goals is to have 100% creative freedom. He believes that the fashion can be “a sort of art, if designers create from their soul”.

To see more of Johan Ku’s knitwear pieces visit designer’s official website www.johanku.com

Have a great weekend!


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Friday Knitting Inspiration. Sunghee Bang.

Sunghee Bang is a young Korea-born New York-based designer. Bang is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology where she won the first place in art and knitwear design. After graduation Bang worked with such brands as Donna Karan, J. Mendel, Jill Stuart, Peter Som in New York and Alexander McQueen in London. In 2009 Bang launched her own knitwear label – Sunghee Bang.

Bang says that she was really inspired by the work created at Alexander McQueen, but found it often “not really wearable”, so in her own label she tries “to do the same creativity, but make it wearable.”

Bang is know for her work with textures, especially cables, and shapes. The designer loves to combine modern silhouettes with intricate stitch details. Almost all pieces in her collection are made in neutral muted colors to balance the elaborate design.

In my personal opinion, Sunghee Bang succeeded in reaching the balance between the creativity and “wearability” in her designs. I am completely smitten by this white cable dress. What a great craftsmanship!

To see more of Sunghee Bang’s knitwear, visit the brand’s official website – www.sungheebang.com.

Have a great weekend!


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By | 2016-04-22T12:24:27+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Knitting Inspiration|10 Comments

Friday Knitting Inspiration. Honor Fitzsimons.

Honor Fitzsimons, a young Irish knitwear designer and a graduate of Central Saint Martins, has been working with such brands as Louise Goldin (London), Diane Von Furstenburg (New York), Lucy & Bart (Amsterdam), Qasimi Homme London, and Peachoo + Krejberg (Paris) before starting her own knitwear brand in 2012.

Honor learned to knit from her grandmother who was constantly working on traditional aran sweaters. The designer is definitely influenced by the traditional knitwear, but likes to use innovative techniques, “inventive construction and conceptual use of color”.

All brand’s collection are produced in Ireland and all the yarns are sourced in European Union. Honor is working hard juggling the roles of a head designer, dealing with finances, PR, online marketing and employees.

To see more of Honor Fitzsimons’ knitwear, visit her official website www.honorfitzsimons.com.

Have a great fiber-full weekend!


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