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.