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!!

Knitting Inspiration

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!


Knitting Inspiration

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.


Knitting Inspiration

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!


Knitting Inspiration

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).


Knitting Inspiration

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.


Knitting Inspiration

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.


Knitting Inspiration

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!


Knitting Inspiration

Knitting Inspiration

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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5 Comments

  1. This was a very inspiring post, I liked especially your notes on how to recreate the look!

  2. Hello,
    I crochet for the fun if gifting and tried to knit but could never get the hang of it (drat)… So I look at different styles to see what is new, yours I like 😊 and some I don’t, but that is the way of it, you can’t please everyone, BUT don’t let the negative get you down…(they aren’t where you are 😊 NYFW😉)
    Chin up 😁 God Bless

    • Hi Gina! At first I didn’t understand what you meant, but then I checked the Facebook page where this post was re-posted… I didn’t expect that kind of reaction, to be honest… I intended this post as a different view on the knitwear – to have fun, experiment and even laugh if you want to in a good way! 🙂 Personally I wouldn’t wear lots of pieces featured in this post in my everyday life – they are way too much for my modest lifestyle 🙂 But I thought it was fun to see different and unconventional interpretations of knit/crochet stitches – I find it helpful, because it opens up my horizons and pushes me to get out of my own comfort zone and try new things in my craft. I am very sorry that so many people found it “offensive”, “ugly” and “dumb”, I definitely didn’t mean it. I can’t say that this reaction didn’t bother me, that would be insincere, it did darken my day a little bit, because I want this place to be cozy, friendly, fun, and inspiring… Thank you for your comment!
      Oh, by the way I wasn’t at the fashion week itself, I just browsed it online and selected the pieces 🙂
      Have a great day, Gina!

  3. gorgeous round up of inspiration!! I love seeing knits for the spring collections, too- nice it’s not just relegated to winter wear.

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