Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Handmade With Love...

Listening to: Lil Wayne - I am Not a Human Being

Hey guys :)

Thought i'd do a quick post on the jumper i have been working on since the summer, which i have finally finished!
It was one of those stop-start projects that took forever to complete, but i must say it was a very hard pattern to follow.
The pattern is called 'Candy' from Rowan's Studio 19 brochure. I would definatley recommend this brochure, the patterns are hard to follow but once you have mastered one, the rest become much easier to understand. It has 8 beautiful patterns, very girly tops i must say, but there is quite a few colours to choose from in the Kidsilk Haze yarns so you can give them a bit of an edge through colour choice. You can buy Rowan products at large John Lewis stores.
I used shade 580 which is a baby pink becuase i wanted a 'Candyfloss' effect.
I will be knitting the 'Soda' sailor top next in black and cream stripes, which i will sell as part of Dollied's S/S 11, which i am very excited for starting!

Just a warning, the Kidslick Haze yarn costs £7.95 for a 25g ball, and you will need at least 3 balls, so it does cost a lot in the end, but i assure you it will be worth the money and time. You will have a beautiful garment that you will have put so much love and time into, the satisfaction you get from the end result is wonderful! So give it a go!

Its 'Made with Love', becuase it's not perfect! The sleeves are puffy and it is quite loose fitting, but i think it looks more 'Candyfloss' like this way!

There is no need to worry when you first start knitting bigger projects, they aren't going to be perfect unless you've been knitting for years or if you are following your own pattern.
Practise makes perfect after all!

Thanks for reading,
My promised outift post will be coming on Friday so stay tuned!


Friday, 4 February 2011

Knit Creative

Listening to: Sleep with One Eye Open - Bring Me The Horizon, Tek-One remix

Hey guys,

Knit can be high fashion, original and beautiful. You can go way beyond garter stitch scarfs and cardies knitted by all the lovely old biddies in their tapestry chairs. There are thousands of stitches, yarns and materials you can work with.
Think outside the box:
- If you are knitting with a yarn, choose larger needles than recommended to get holey stitches
- Knit with anything! Strip up fabric and make your own spools as an alternative
- Be inspired - take photos of textures, landscapes or whatever inspires you and think of ways you can transform the image into knit stitches
This is how you can create something original. So get creative!!

As you know, I've started my knit elective at uni. I have found a real love for the knitting machines, it's opened up a whole range of inspiration for me, plus it holds the benefit of being able to knit a whole row in the time of hand knitting one stitch!
Here are two of the fabrics I've been working on:

This sample was inspired by a piece of metal line art, but i can't upload the picture! Sorry! 

This is a type of ladder stitch - it is created by selecting groups of needles on the machine with a Half Cardigan stitch.

My design on the right uses this stitch on the bodice.

It's absolutely stunning!! It will be featuring in my S/S 11 collection for sure!

Also inspired by the same photograph (that i can't upload!), this sample is knitted on a single bed - as you would hand knit - with selected needles of the front bed selected to knit the yarn.

The zig-zag lines are created by using the 'Racking Handle'. A little lever you use to move the needles left and right as you knit!

Recommended Read

For stitch inspiration, 'The Art of Knitting' by Thames & Hudson is perfect.
It shows you an image of a texture e.g. sand on a beach, then on the next few pages show photographs of stitches which reflect the texture in the image, almost teaching you the first part in the fashion design process!
The pictures are beautiful and all of the wonderful stitches will inspire you to pick up those knitting needles and practise, practise!
Here are a few images from the book:

Featured Stitch - Purl Loop

This is a gorgeous stitch and is fairly easy to do, so here's how you do it!

You will need:
- Double knitting yarn
- 10mm needles

- Cast on
- (Pattern for every row) Yarn over (wrap the yarn around the needle above your first stitch), Purl into the wrapped stitch and your first stitch together. So repeat, yarn over, P2tog.

Have a go! Would love to see what you all come up with, let me know how you get on!

Next time, i will be doing my first outfit post! Ahh, excited. 
I found a few amazing vintage knits in charity shops up here and can't wait to show them off. So keep a look out :)

Thanks for reading and keep knitting!