Knitwear Design 101 | Drape, Loft, and Lustre

This is really part 3 of my fabrication series-within-a-series (you can read part 1 and part 2 at the links), and it’ll also be the last Knitwear Design 101 post of the year at least. Drape, loft and lustre are three properties of fabric and fibre that aren’t always understood or exemplified, and I wanted…

Knitwear Design 101 | Fabrication, part 1

Knit and crochet designers have several duties when it comes to fabrication.  As well as considering the overall shape and silhouette of a garment, there comes the question of: Fibre type Yarn construction Fabric construction Appropriate construction techniques Appropriate finishing techniques This post focuses on fibre type and touches on yarn construction; fabric construction, construction…

Knitwear Design 101: Introduction to Surface Pattern

“Pattern” is a loaded, confusing word.  It can serve as a model or aspirational figure – “If you follow the pattern, you’ll get a sweater like the one in the photo” – or, more likely in that situation, a recipe.  Instructions are received and, like cooking, they are used as a base for creation, with…