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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!!

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!


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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).


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.


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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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By | 2016-09-25T10:14:40+00:00 September 25th, 2016|Crochet Inspiration, Knitting Inspiration|5 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.

Knitting Inspiration

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…

Knitting Inspiration

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!

Knitting Inspiration

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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By | 2016-04-10T08:26:15+00:00 March 18th, 2016|Crochet Inspiration, Knitting Inspiration|10 Comments

Friday Knitting and Crochet Inspiration. Agostina Bianchi.

Happy Friday!

Today’s inspiration is a young knitwear designer Agostina Bianchi. Her own label was born in 2001 and for more than a decade the designer has been creating unique knitwear pieces that are both fashion forward and ethical. Agostina, as a human, animal and environment advocate, makes sure to bring the awareness in each part of the clothing production process – from the raw material to the final product.

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Collection Autumn/Winter 2016 Photo: www.agostinabianchi.com

Agostina sources the reusable leftovers from the spinning production to create her collections and works with Indian community of the north of Argentina reviving their long-forgotten textile traditions. In her collections Agostina uses machine knitting, hand knitting, crochet, loom techniques.

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Collection Spring/Summer 2016 Photo: www.agostinabianchi.com

I really love how the designer plays with traditional techniques and uses them in a new and fresh way. For example, this fair isle jacket with the “wrong” side facing. Love how the floats create additional texture and slightly “blurred” colors effect. What a great idea to try!

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Collection Autumn/Winter 2016 Photo: www.agostinabianchi.com

My absolute favorite is the long crochet dress from brand’s spring/summer 2016 collection. The colors are just perfect together and remind me of fresh sea breeze.

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Collection Spring/Summer 2016 Photo: www.agostinabianchi.com

To see more knitwear pieces visit brand’s official website www.agostinabianchi.com 

Have a great creative weekend!


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By | 2016-04-10T08:30:30+00:00 February 5th, 2016|Crochet Inspiration, Knitting Inspiration|8 Comments

Friday Knitting and Crochet Inspiration. Stella Pardo.

Happy Friday!

This week I would love to share with you a wonderful designer – Cinthya Guerrero, a creator of the french fashion label Stella Pardo. Cinthya combines fabric, crochet and knitting techniques in her stunning pieces.

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Handmade Crochet Dress Photo: www.stellapardo.com

I admire Stella Pardo’s collections for its truly inspiring masterpieces and for the story behind the brand. The designer, of Peruvian origin, created her clothes line to support the Peruvian community of women as a form of respect and gratitude to her ancestors. All pieces are handmade in Peru with the use of local alpaca and organic pima cotton materials that meet all the ecological standards.

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Handmade Knit Dress Photo: www.stellapardo.com

Every year Cinthya travels to Peru to ensure the well-being of her employees. It’s important for her that these women have the opportunity to support themselves and their families with their craft and she does her best to provide high-standard working conditions for them.

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Handmade Crochet Dress Photo: www.stellapardo.com

What I find really fascinating is that Cinthya doesn’t have any design professional training. She thinks it’s not essential to have a piece of paper that confirms that you can create. The designer’s main criteria in creating is her instinct and feeling for style that comes from the ability to see.

My favorite piece is this feminine crochet dress. I love the stitch pattern, the fit and the color of this beauty!

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Handmade Crochet Dress Photo: www.stellapardo.com

For more inspiration visit brand’s official website www.stellapardo.com.

Have a great creative and inspiring weekend!


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By | 2016-04-10T08:31:32+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|Crochet Inspiration, Knitting Inspiration|15 Comments

2015, Adiós. A Year in Making.

This is the last post of 2015 and I want to share with you the best moments that I had on the blog this year.

2015

March

Hyberballad Cowl was my first test knit ever! I was so happy to be a part of creating a pattern. Dear Julie, thank you so much for the opportunity!

Riviera Skirt was my first collaboration with the yarn company. I was so honored to try Wool and the Gang knit kit. I tried pima cotton for the first time and it won my heart! Knitting a skirt was also an absolutely new and such a fun experience! And of course, our absolutely crazy photo shoot with my dear friend Elena, who makes the best photos ever!!!

April

The Violet Gift was a huge “thank you” to my dear friend and all this fun we had together!

May

St. Brigid cardigan opened my Modification Series – a challenging and such an inspiring project! It will always be very special to me!

Pure is one of my favorite projects of 2015! It was a gift for a dear friend and it was made in a record short time! It was the first time I made a garment for the recipient without any measurements given and it fit her perfectly!!!

June

Deep End. It became my second shawl that I’ve ever made! I enjoyed the simplicity and beautiful architecture of the design. Deep End was a gift for my dear Mom.

Soho Dress. My absolute favorite project of 2015. From the first glimpse of inspiration to the last stitch, this dress was such a joy to make! I loved sharing every single step of it here and was infinitely grateful to my dear Elena for capturing such beautiful photos!

July

Exploration Autumn. You won’t believe it, but it was my first time working with 100% wool! I was so drawn to cotton and linen that wool was never in my stash! It was one of the most colorful projects that I’ve ever done and it flew away to my Granny. Exploration Autumn was the last project I finished in Baja, right before the move.

August

Textured Chevron Crochet Blanket. My first crochet FO of 2015 and the first one in San Miguel de Allende. The blanket traveled with me through half of the country and will always remind me of all the beauty we saw on our way. It also became the first crochet pattern I published here.

October

Flax. My first top-down pullover. I don’t know why I was avoiding this construction for so long – it turned out very logical and simple! It was reknit two times from the scratch and it became the first sweater for my husband. He wears it every single day now!.

Crochet Gift. Simple vest for a very special guy. I’ve never made children’s clothes and was surprised how fast it actually was!

November

Fall Raglan. The first sweater for My Sister’s Knitter My Fall KAL. The first time working with variegated yarn and the first time modifying top-down raglan.

December

Mineral Heather sweater. The first machine knitting FO since May! I didn’t realize how much I missed it! At the end I got the most comfortable and warm sweater I’ve ever had and introduced you to the basics of machine knitting.

Reindeer Cable Cardigan. The most challenging project of 2015! From the picture in my head that appeared in July to a published pattern in December. I am so infinitely grateful for all the support that I got from you these weeks! Reindeer is very special to me and I am happy I gained enough knowledge to share it with you!

10 World Crafters

This year wouldn’t be complete without amazing, talented and stunning women that shared their stories with us here. World Crafters series were opened in March and became one of my favorite parts of the blog. It is about my two favorite things – travel and crafting! Talking with so many talented people and seeing their corners of the world was such an inspiration. Thank you, Zhanna, Alisa, Tatyana, Apollinariya, Tessa, Samantha, Nataly, Olga, Nicole and Anna for making this year so special!

Looking back at 2015, I realize how bright and colorful it was! And I also realize that it wouldn’t be so if not for this place and for you! You inspire, support and encourage me, make me smile and laugh… I started this place just for myself to keep track of my projects, but now I realize that it means so much more to me than just my knitting/crochet journal. I found new friends that share my passion and love for this wonderful craft. This year wasn’t the easiest one, but I learned and am learning so much about who I am.

I am joining last Yarn Along of 2015.

I wish you and your families all the best in 2016!

Thank you for being with me in 2015! It means a lot! I’ll see you in 2016!!!

Love, Alina.


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By | 2015-12-30T11:09:25+00:00 December 30th, 2015|Adiós|40 Comments

Friday Knitting and Crochet Inspiration. Alberta Ferretti & Gucci.

Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week and are ready to spend some weekend time with yarn and needles/crochet hook. Let’s take a look at some new knitwear pieces that appeared in Alberta Ferretti Pre-Fall 2016 and Gucci Pre-Spring/Summer 2016 collections.

The first look that caught my eye is the combination of a simple classic sweater and a long quiet dramatic skirt with gorgeous embroidery. I love this hoodie-cowl! I think it drapes beautifully when put down and can be a great alternative for a hat.

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Photo: Alberta Ferretti Pre-Fall 2016 lookbook

One more piece from Ferretti’s collection that makes me fall in love with fiber crafts deeper and deeper. It looks like some ribbon knitting and embroidery was used in this stunning dress. The look can be easily recreated with long slipped stitches.

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Photo: Alberta Ferretti Pre-Fall 2016 lookbook

Gucci is no less inspiring. At first I didn’t even realize that I was looking at a crochet piece!

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Photo: Gucci Pre-Spring/Summer 2016

And of course I couldn’t miss a white crochet dress in this collection! It is quiet an unusual combination of a romantic crochet lace and sport knit neckline. The body of a dress can be recreated with square crochet motifs.

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Photo: Gucci Pre-Spring/Summer 2016

Have a great creative weekend!


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