Too Many (Woolly) Hats

Some thoughts on knitwear design, self-tuition, and the many hats we knitwear designers wear (not always by choice).

The Shape of Things to Come, part 2

Why designers need to be more explicit about the body shapes they design for – not just the sizing range You can read Part 1 of this series here. Our systems and models are changing.  As we continue in the direction of more community-oriented businesses, where designers have a closer and more personal connection with…

Are Zips a Lifestyle Choice?

Is it possible to think of zips as a lifestyle choice rather than an essential part of women’s/femme clothing?  I think it is.  What do you think?

Programmes and Patterns: Or, What Bugs Us About Knitting

“It’s like code!” is a phrase I’ve heard several times over the years when teaching people how to knit and crochet.  If the physical execution is muscle memory, then the pattern itself is a programme or choreography.  Another choice word, also gifted by new knitters, is “recipe”, which – although etymologically unconnected to the word…