So You Want to Knit a Hood

Have you ever thought that a hood would look better on the bulky cardigan you’re making, rather than the collar style used in the pattern instructions. A hood is simply an extension of the neck band from a round neckline or an unshaped neckline. If you’re not sure how to add a hood to your…

Designing Knit Hand Accessories – Part 2

In my last post, I introduced you to designing hand accessories – gloves, mittens, and fingerless styles. All three styles have many of the same components: cuff, wrist, hand, thumb, and fingers. The design process begins with taking hand measurements, with the most crucial measurement being the circumference of the hand above the thumb. The…

Designing Knit Hand Accessories

Have you ever wanted to knit a pair of gloves, but were unsure of how to design such a project? In the next two posts, I’ll give you the basics to designing hand accessories –  gloves, mittens or fingerless mitts. This post begins with their anatomy, followed by taking the necessary measurements to create your…

Designing a Tie

The man in my life loves wearing ties, and has a large collection of them from his travels. He asked me if I could make him a hand knit tie. The following is the process I went through to designing a tie that he would be proud to wear. Finding the right idea The design…

Basic Principles of Colour

  Colour is an essential component of a creative’s toolkit, including a knitter’s toolbox. Colour theory is both a science and an art. The psychology of colour is important for branding or marketing, or those wishing to influence what we buy. In this post I’m addressing the basic principles of colour, that when understood will…

Planning Your Knit Design – Garment Shapes

The first step in the knit design process is selecting the item you want to construct. Although there are an extraordinary number of knit styles, knit garments depend on a limited number of body shapes. Most garments are based on three body silhouettes or shapes. Designers often start the process by manipulating one of these…

Tips to Adapting Vintage Knitting Patterns

  I adore retro looks, particularly those from the 1950s and early 1960s. Vintage hand knit dresses and suits are among my favorites. Knitting your own reproductions from old patterns is a rewarding experience, not to mention making retro pieces without spending a fortune. If you love vintage hand knit designs, you can replicate them…

Steps to Designing Your First Scarf

A hand knit scarf is one of the top 5 projects knitters love to make, and is often a beginner’s first project. One of the reasons for its popularity is it’s often a straight piece of knitting with little finishing, other than weaving in yarn ends. Designing one is the perfect project to learn how…

Design and Knit a Skirt From a Style in Your Closet

Step 5: Finishing Finishing a simple skirt consists of sewing the side seams, securing any hems or facings, and inserting elastic into the waistband. Before doing any of these tasks, make sure your pieces are blocked, whether you knit your pieces separately or in the round. Blocking evens the stitches and fibers, flattens the edges,…