Something for the weekend

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Have I mentioned how much I like twin sets?

marc jacobs fall 2015

Marc Jacobs Fall 2015 photo courtesy of Style.com

While I can’t actually say I own any, I aspire to great things in the twin set department. It isn’t just the retro feel, although that inevitably plays a significant part of the attraction.

Chanel Fall 2015

Chanel Fall 2015 photo courtesy of Style.com

I think what appeals to me is the idea of an outfit that is so well considered, it matches itself. It is like some sort of standard by which all other outfits will be judged.  You may think that there would be a plethora of twin sets available for your hand knitting pleasure, and you would be correct, if you wanted to knit from a vintage pattern.

Cosy twin set from Australia Women's Weekly

There are some beauties available, including this one originally published in 1942 and now available for free. I was surprised to find a dearth of anything more contemporary.* Maybe this shouldn’t come as a surprise, but I kind of thought it would be a good idea for designers to publish multiple versions of a single design. Maybe I should do it. Or, possibly, there is a good reason they are not available. Either way, when I saw the Josephine Cardigan by Rohn Strong, I thought it would make a beautiful twin set, although, it really doesn’t need anything, and I think would look equally great cropped and worn buttoned up without anything underneath.

Josephine Cardigan by Rohn Strong

Happy knitting,

R.

*I didn’t consider patterns churned out by the big yarn companies; I have my prejudices.

Something for the Weekend

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Spring is sprung and it’s time to get your summer knitting on the needles.

I am a fan of Jean Paul Gaultier. Though famous for pointy bosomed bodices and men in skirts, every collection has something of interest for me. This lacy tee suggests the idea of using different lace stitches in light spring colours.

gaultier couture spring 15 knit tee

gaultier couture spring 15 knit tee full length

Gaultier Couture Collection SS 15 Photo courtesy of Style.com

The overall ball gown is, of course, optional, though surely the headgear is a must….

Gemma hand knit pattern by Andrea Black

 

The Gemma Pattern by Andrea Black only uses one lace pattern, but creates a similar lovely delicate Spring-time feeling with a light colour palette, mesh on the upper yoke and simple details.

Cancun boxy lace top hand knit pattern by Erin Kate Archer

 

For a less structured look, Erin Kate Archer’s Cancun Lace Top Pattern plays with multiple lace stitch patterns in a simple shape.  It looks like a very cool knitting sampler and really wearable.

It is a bank holiday weekend and I hope you enjoy some quality knitting time!

R.

Something for the weekend

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With impeccable timing (as ever…) I saw these Markus Lupfer hats and felt the need to share.  These would have been the ideal Easter knits, if, you know, I had managed to sort this before Easter…..

I don’t normally go in for this sort of thing.  I’m mostly a serious wearables kind of girl, but every once in a while, I have to give in to my inner 5 year old.

markus lupfer AW 15

Markus Lupfer AW 2015 Photograph courtesy of Style.com

Lupfer is British designer whose collections often display a certain wry playfulness.

markus lupfer AW 2015

Markus Lupfer AW 2015 Photograph courtesy of Style.com

There is no lack of great silly hats on Ravelry, but I especially like it when adults are the target audience.  Tiny Owl Knits is a fabulous example of an adult who embraces the inner child. The Deer with Little Antlers Hat is niche, but come on–tell me you don’t want to live in a world in which that is standard headgear.

Tiny Owl Knits Deer with Little Antlers Hat

I also enjoy the appropriation of children’s things by grown ups.  Carole Julius is a talented photographer and keen knitter who has made a great version of Heidi May’s wildly (!) popular Failynn Fox Cowl design. Heidi May is a prolific knitwear designer of super sweet children’s knitwear and can be found here.

Caroleknits Failynn Fox Cowl

Happy knitting,

R.

Something for the weekend

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The traditional fisherman’s sweater is an enduring source of inspiration for hand knitters and designers alike.

Alexander Wang AW 2015 cables and studs

Alexander Wang AW 2015 studs and cables photo courtesy of Style.com

Alexander Wang’s take on the classic sweater features metal studs highlighting the cable patterning.

Alexander Wang AW 2015 studs and cables

Alexander Wang AW 2015 studs and cables photo courtesy of Style.com

This is a  sweater that has never really gone out of style. There are so many beautiful versions of it on Ravelry, but here are a couple that stood out to me as really remaining true to the tradition, but remaining fresh.

Catherine Sweater by Glenna C.

The Catherine sweater by Glenna C. adds a flattering feminine scoop neck to the mix, as well as a lattice-type pattern to the centre front panel.

Fisher Queen Sweater by Jennifer Dassau

The Fisher Queen by Jennifer Dassau  introduces interesting broken ribbing to the side panels, and a quick-to-knit bulky yarn to mix. The natural colour of the yarn really shows up the lovely textures.

Happy knitting,

R.

Something for the weekend

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The second law of thermodynamics is a good’un. It explains the concept of entropy as the natural and inevitable dissapation of matter and energy.  It is no doubt because I lack any scientific knowledge that this concept seems particularly visual to me. Sometimes ignorance is good. Well, ok, maybe not good, but occasionally useful. A productive misunderstanding.

And indeed, entropy seems to be having a fashion moment.

ADEAM AW 15

ADEAM AW 15 Photo courtesy of style.com

I have seen many examples of this on the catwalk, but I especially like the ADEAM example here, in which chunky knit rib ‘dissipates’ into satin.

pixilated pullover

The Pixelated Pullover by Jennifer Beaumont fits into this category perfectly. It is rightly a popular pattern with over 100 projects on Ravelry, and I love the original sample’s eye-searing colour-pop.

random fairisle sweater by Boadicea Binnerts

A quieter and also very lovely example is the random fair isle sweater by Boadicea Binnerts, which looks like it features intarsia as well as fair isle stranding and plays well with some beautiful hand-dyed yarn from the Walk Collection.

Happy knitting,

R.

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The thing about styling is it both enhances and detracts attention from the clothing.

This weeks fashion example is a bold jumper with styling to match:

Carven A/W 2015 collection.

Carven A/W 2015 collection. Photo courtesy of Vogue.com

Whereas this week’s hand knit is an easy to wear, softly styled short-sleeve sweater: Opine by yellowcosmo.  There are certainly differences; the Carven sweater is a textured stitch and the patterning on Opine is achieved with stranded colour work, but I think there is a similar joy in each sweater in bold patterning and contrasting dark and light. The sweaters could be reversed and still work well: the Carven sweater worn with tall boots and jeans and Opine could be worn with bold & bright clashing colours.

Opine by yellowcosmo I am a big fan of Opine’s designer yellowcosmo.  I think she brings a lovely, quiet aesthetic to her knitwear and really hope she will not be horrified to see me comparing it to the loud Carven style!

Happy knitting,

R.

Something for the weekend

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Like many fashion students, I was awed by the theatrics of fashion shows when I began studying.  Vivienne Westwood, Maison Martin Marglelia, and Comme de Garcon all created the kind of spectacle that impressed many and, no doubt, also put many people off fashion as a ridiculous and unnecessary endeavor. I used to be one of the many people put off, but now I really enjoy the most theatrical of shows.  They are, after all, shows.

The one that really stole my fashion-student’s heart was Alexander McQueen. He created gothic fairy tales that were disturbing and beautiful. Savage Beauty, a retrospective of his work, promises to be a huge hit at the Victoria and Albert Museum this year. I can’t wait to see it!

McQ is the diffusion line for Alexander McQueen and features the pieces you are more likely to find at Selfridges than the elaborate show pieces.

Stripe Sweater McQ AW 2015

McQ AW 2015 photo courtesy of Style.com

This jumper has been laminated with a metallic application, but creating a similar effect with a block of colour across the sweater is straight-forward to achieve.

Pendleton by True Brit Knits is a lovely example of the simple but effective technique of adding a colour-block to a cable sweater.

Pendleton sweater by truebrit knits Happy knitting,

R.