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.

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Collection: Resort 2016 Photo:

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.

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Collection: Pre Fall 2015 Photo:

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.

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Collection: Spring/Summer 2016 Photo:

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.

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Collection: Fall/Winter 2015 Photo:

For more inspiration visit brand’s official website www.irisvonarnim.comΒ 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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  1. Love the simplicity – these designs remind me of you.

  2. Someday we will have to meet for a virtual cup of tea so I can hear the backstory of your life and how you came to discover this particular vein of knitting. On the meantime, knit away!

    • Deal! πŸ™‚ At the university I was obsessed with Vogue photography and knitwear always attracted me. I loved reading about designers and their journeys.

  3. I looked at the website and the clothing is beautiful. I wish she sold patterns of some of her sweaters. Thanks for sharing this collection.

  4. They are timeless designs. I do this series you are introducing me to so many possibilities!

  5. Amazing knits!

  6. The last sweater is gorgeous! You’re right – you can spend hours getting lost on her website. Thanks for sharing!

  7. those are all so beautiful!! I love the cabled one, but hat tangerine intarsia one is very, very cool.

  8. I love Iris Von Arnim, especially the beautiful sweaters that are featured in the Gorsuch Catalogs…where can we find patterns to knit that are similar? Do you have any recommendations??

    • I am glad you are inspired, Erin! I don’t have any particular patterns in mind, but maybe if you filter the pattern library in Ravelry by adding the characteristics you love in these designs you will find something similar. For example – oversize, textured, cable pullover.

      • Ok, I’ll try that…I have tried to browse through ravelry in the past… but, it’s so overwhelming. I think I just tried: Iris Von Arnim inspired…a pretty cabled back one came up…but wanted more choices!!
        Thank you!

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