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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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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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By | 2016-05-20T06:17:52+00:00 May 20th, 2016|Knitting Inspiration|11 Comments

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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By | 2016-04-15T09:44:37+00:00 April 15th, 2016|Knitting Inspiration|10 Comments

Friday Knitting Inspiration. Motohiro Tanji.

Today’s knitting inspiration is Japanese textile designer Motohiro Tanji. Before starting his own knitwear label, the designer studied at Bunka Fashion College in Japan and got his MA at Nottingham Trent University. Motohiro was also interested in 3D commuter graphics and programming which later found reflection in his knitwear pieces.

His conceptual knitwear collections with rich textures and 3D shapes are strongly influenced by digital art. All the knitwear pieces are handmade and feature the combination of conventional fibers and silhouettes with unique materials and techniques.

The Fall 2015 collection was inspired by ancient architectural ruins of Greece and Rome with an avant-garde spin.

This is a very innovative and fresh look at knitwear design and I cannot help but admire all the possibilities the knit fabric has to offer!

You can find Motohiro Tanji and his unique pieces on his official website www.motohirotanji.com.

Have a great weekend!


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By | 2016-04-08T10:11:34+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Knitting Inspiration|8 Comments

Friday Knitting Inspiration. Amy Hall.

Amy Hall, a knitwear designer from London, was trained as a photographer, before realizing that knitwear is her true passion. The beginning of Amy’s story is very similar to most knitters. She was taught to knit as a child by her mom and grandmother. She was constantly knitting. Whenever she had a free minute Amy would pick up her needles and disappear in the fiber world. After awhile her friends started to ask her to teach them how to knit and it gave Amy the idea to start giving knitting classes in London. And as we know we learn better when we teach. Amy’s confidence in her skills was growing and she started to experiment with shapes, textures, fiber and colors. Following a traditional pattern wasn’t exciting for her anymore and she started to play with unconventional techniques, creating one of a kind pieces. As Amy says she was literally stopped by people on the street who were desperate to know where she got this sweater/cardigan/dress/scarf. Not a long time later, Amy launched her debut collection – Amy Hall knitwear – in 2010.

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Autumn/Winter 2012 collection. Hand knit cable coat. British blend of merino wool and mohair. Photo: www.amy-hall.co.uk

Later she took a knitwear design summer course in Central Saint Martins and since then Amy is a full-time knitwear designer working with her team in London and creating all her knitwear pieces by hand. The brand uses only high quality yarns, most of them are of British origin.

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Autumn/Winter 2012 collection. Hand knit Wrap style cardigan. British blend of merino wool, mohair and silk mohair. Photo: www.amy-hall.co.uk

“Now, more than ever, I feel that wool has a central part to play in fashion,” says Amy. “In an increasingly synthetic industry, it is the best renewable fibre we have. It is important to use natural yarns where possible and if wool is properly looked after, it will last you a lifetime. It keeps you warm, it’s versatile, comfortable – it’s simply a wonderful fibre to work with.” I think we all can agree with her.

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Autumn/Winter 2015 collection. Hand knit Cocoon cardigan. British blend of merino wool and mohair. Photo: www.amy-hall.co.uk

I love the simplicity of Amy Hall’s knitwear pieces and I admire that every single item is hand-knit!

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Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Hand knit Chunky sloppy jumper. Cotton jersey yarn. Photo: www.amy-hall.co.uk

My favorite design is this simple, but striking dress. I love these eyelet details along the side seams!

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Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Hand knit strapless gown. 100% mercerised cotton. Photo: www.amy-hall.co.uk

For more knitwear inspiration visit Amy Hall’s website – www.amy-hall.co.uk.

Have a great weekend!


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