Knitwear Design 101: A monthly series

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Yep, just when you thought I was finished writing a blog series!

But this one is monthly rather than weekly, and there will be breaks in between with posts on a variety of subjects.

I wanted to have a long-term series on knitwear design because it’s a subdiscipline of design that is also interdisciplinary within design itself.  Knitted fabric has the inventive aspects of engineering and construction; the UX and UI (user experience and user interface) of writing knitting patterns; the programming and coding of stitch instructions is akin to computer technology; and last, but definitely not least, the element of artistic composition.

If we talk exclusively about the artistic side of knitwear design, we can understand it as a combination of fashion design – incorporating the focus on silhouette – and textile design – incorporating the focus on surface pattern and texture.  Thus, knitwear designers do at least double duty.  Knitwear design also relies heavily on mathematical principles of geometry and ratio, and I also wanted to write a bit more about how that relationship works.  Applied maths and geometry, in other words – but explored artistically through the lens of knitting.

Many knitters have done an excellent job of covering the engineering and execution of stitches and techniques (tutorials, explainers, how-to guides); others are beginning to focus on the communication interface of knitting patterns; fewer have written about the artistry of knitwear design.  In this series I’ll cover compositional elements such as pattern repeats, silhouettes, shapes and colour; it’s impossible for me to be exhaustive, but if I’ve managed to convey something about how designs are composed, I’ll be happy 😊

So, on the second Wednesday of every month until further notice, you can expect a post on how knitwear design can work as a discipline.  My only spoiler until next month is that I’ll begin with pattern repeats – not least because ALL knitters have to deal with them in one way or another!  More to come in May.

Knitwear Design 101: A monthly series

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I design for confident knitters who are keen on getting their garments to fit well. My catalogue includes knitting patterns for lace sweaters, cable sweaters, shawls, cowls, and the occasional scarf. These designs are ideal for building or curating an inspiring wardrobe. I am also a qualified teacher and share my favourite tips, tricks and techniques on my blog, where you can also find advice on garment fitting, alterations, knitwear design and sewing pattern reviews. Courses are also coming soon - sign up to my newsletter for updates.

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