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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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Friday Knitting Inspiration. Jessica Leclere.

Today’s knitwear inspiration is a young textile designer Jessica Leclere. Born in Paris, Jessica got her degree from the Royal College of Art and soon started her own knitwear line that is innovative, fresh and very inspiring.

Jessica’s approach to creating knitwear is very far from traditional. She is always in search of new materials, shapes and textures. There is something futuristic about Jessica’s knit pieces – color effect, structured architectural shapes, unusual construction.

This is definitely a new generation knitting! I admire how the designer turns classic stitches and shapes into something completely unique and unexpected.

My personal favorite is the sweater from Jessica’s Plaits and Ladders project. Slipped long stitches and an unusual cables construction break all the stereotypes of how the knit sweater should look like.

Make sure to visit designer’s official website for more knitwear inspiration – www.jessicaleclere.com.

Wish you a great weekend and fun craft experiments!


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By | 2016-04-10T08:25:07+00:00 March 25th, 2016|Knitting Inspiration|4 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.

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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…

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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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Friday Knitting Inspiration. ESK.

Inspiration – ESK Knitwear

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Ingrid Ribbed Sweater. 100% Scottish spun cashmere. Photo: www.eskcashmere.com

This week I would love to share with you a knitwear brand hat has been in business for several decades – ESK. Its name became the synonym of “quality knitwear”. Simple and clean lines, high quality fiber, classic shapes – ESK’s knitwear has everything to become a timeless wardrobe piece.

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June Wide Sweater. 100% Scottish spun cashmere. Photo: www.eskcashmere.com

I love brand’s minimalism design aesthetics. Simple and clean lines, high quality fiber (mostly cashmere), classic shapes – ESK’s knitwear has everything to become a timeless wardrobe piece.

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Alexa Cable Crew Sweater. 100% Scottish spun cashmere. Photo: www.eskcashmere.com

The color scheme is very basic – beige, white, ivory, grey with the occasional intarsia graphic designs.

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Pop Sweater. 100% Scottish spun cashmere. Photo: www.eskcashmere.com

I love how ESK has been preserving knitting traditions for generations: “We make and mill everything in Scotland under the same roof and we source our yarns with care and integrity, trying to use the small but rich seam of spinners in this country and Italy.”

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

I hope you will have a great creative weekend! I am very excited about mine, after a very busy week we are heading on a road trip to Mexico City for a couple of days. I know a yarn shop that I really want to visit there – it sells only locally produced fiber and I am so curious to see what they have to offer. I also hope to visit some museums and just stroll around the city. See you on Sunday!


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By | 2016-04-10T08:26:47+00:00 March 11th, 2016|Knitting Inspiration|14 Comments

Friday Knitting Inspiration. Coohem.

Happy Friday!

This week I am fascinated by Coohem, a Japanese knitwear brand. The brand emerged from Yonetomi Seni Co. company that has been in textile business since 1952. The company has its own absolutely unique style and stands out among other knitwear brands with their design aesthetics and technical innovations. The brand has developed an absolutely innovative approach to creating knitwear. Yonetomi Seni Co. has been working for decades creating its own knit textile techniques. As a result of this work “Yonetomi Tweeds” were born – innovative and original knit tweed fabric. The fabric is created by combining various yarns – mixing different fibers, textures and colors.

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Yonetomi Tweeds. Photo: www.coohem.jp

The knitwear created with this fabric is absolutely fascinating! Classic knit tweed jackets, vests, dresses, sweaters and skirts…

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Collection: Autumn/Winter 2010. Photo: www.coohem.jp

The knit tweed creates a firm and steady fabric that can be turned into beautiful structured garments.

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Collection: Autumn/Winter 2010. Photo: www.coohem.jp

Coohem combines classic knitwear techniques with their own innovative approach and mixes traditional knit fabric with their knit tweed to create unique and outstanding knitwear pieces.

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Collection: Autumn/Winter 2010. Photo: www.coohem.jp

This is why I love knitwear so much – there are no rules, no boundaries and no limits to what you can do with yarn in your hands! I hope you are inspired to experiment this weekend with your skeins and needles!

Find more inspiring knitwear on brand’s official website www.coohem.jp.

Have a great weekend!


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By | 2016-04-10T08:27:10+00:00 March 4th, 2016|Knitting Inspiration|13 Comments

Friday Knitting Inspiration. Iris Von Arnim.

Today I would love to introduce you to one of my favorite knitwear designers – Iris Von Arnim, a German fashion designer. Iris started knitting in early 70s. She got into the car accident and while recovering in the hospital, picked up the needles. As turned out the car accident opened up a new world for this wonderful, hardworking and talented woman. 6 years later Iris opened her first small boutique in Munich.

In early 80s Iris’s knitwear brand was rapidly growing. She was among the first designers to introduce cashmere in Germany and was one of the first to “spice up” classic knitwear with bold colors and intarsia.

Right now Iris Von Arnim label is known all over the world. Her knitwear brand turned into the full fashion label with dress and woven items in every collection. The company has been in the business for 35 years and I really hope it will keep creating for many years to come.

I admire Iris’s sense of style, the simplicity and elegance of each piece, beautiful and eco-friendly materials.This is the kind of knitwear that you can wear every single day, every season. It is timeless.

For more inspiration visit brand’s official website www.irisvonarnim.com You will be lost there for hours!

Have a great weekend! I hope you will have enough time to devote to your craft!


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