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,…

Design and Knit a Skirt From a Style in Your Closet

Step 4: Knitting a Skirt The planning is done and now we get to sit down and knit. If you’ve chosen a hem like me at the lower edge, and are knitting from the bottom up to the waist, we need to knit the hem first. I’ll discuss knitting hems, followed by shaping skirts, waistbands…