Knitting And Crochet Blog Week – Day 4: A Knitter For All Seasons

Like all clothes designers, knitters must work one season ahead. Of course, we are bound by the speed of our needles rather than the international Fashion Weeks, but the end result is much the same.

My knitting projects don’t really change significantly with the weather; I am far more influenced by fashion seasons. I have a great deal of interest in clothing construction and design, and I quite happily look to the top designers for seasonal knitting inspiration.

High fashion collections often look quite unwearable (unless you make regular red carpet appearances) but they’re best thought of as concept art – collections always contain repeating themes, prints, motifs and silhouettes. High street designers try to predict which of these ideas will stick and then translate them into cheaper pieces for the public. For example: Last year lace became quite a trend. One particular Erdem dress went down very well, and got copied many times over.

Erdem Spring '11 and French Connection dresses

So I know that one way or another, catwalk trends are going to pop up in my field of vision. Then, when I start thinking about new knitting projects, I’m going to unconciously gravitate towards things I’ve recently seen. If this is the case, I’d rather get my inspiration from the skillfully crafted source, not the knock-off versions!

Obviously I’m not going to spend hours/days/months of my life trying to copy fads exactly. What a waste of time that would be! But when I see collections that I like, with ideas that can be easily applied to classic, long-lasting pieces…well, I might just pick a few projects that fit in.

Currently the fashion world is already looking ahead to Autumn and Winter 2012, or “Fall” as they like to euphemise. Well specifically: “Spring” is Spring, “Resort” is Summer, “Pre-Fall” is Autumn and “Fall” is Winter. Yes, it’s dumb.

Me? I’ve already got my ‘Resort’ knitting sorted, so here are my designer influences for the coming colder months:

-I’ve seen a lot of dramatic diagonal patterns that I liked the look of. Especially the plaid skirt below, I would rock the heck out of that. Diagonal patterns could be another way to get my stripe fix too.

Michael Kors Fall 2012

Catherine Malandrino Fall 2012

J. Mendel Fall 2012

-Fussy little prints. Obviously plastering them all over a suit is a bit OTT, but it would be so easy to work a simple little stranded colourwork pattern into some accessories or a jumper yoke. The cape is completely gorgeous as far as I’m concerned!

Prada Fall 2012

Vivenne Tam Fall 2012

-There’s a bit of an opera glove trend going on too. Ok, this is unlikely to become a wardrobe staple across the nation, but I like the idea of extravagant gloves in luxury yarn. It helps that there are plenty of long glove and gauntlet patterns on Ravelry already. Knitters are clearly ahead of the curve on this one.

Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2012

Carolina Herrara Fall 2012


All of my Knit and Crochet Blog Week posts are collected here

You can read everyone else’s Day 4 posts here.


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17 responses to “Knitting And Crochet Blog Week – Day 4: A Knitter For All Seasons

  1. Interesting post. I really must pay more attention to fashion trends, even if I only leave the house to go to the shops!

  2. I really enjoyed this post. I used to really be into what is going on in the fashion world, but don’t have the time anymore. It is so nice to get a little update!

  3. What an interesting post. Fashion seems to be really important, but I honestly have no idea what’s going on in the fashion world right now.

  4. Well if anyone would like to catch up, is basically the only fashion blog you need! Those guys have a really sharp understanding of clothing design and an admirably strict no-body-snark policy (Also their analysis of the costuming in Mad Men is amazing).

  5. I love the idea of gloves. I can totally support that trend.

  6. freshstitches

    Love hearing about the fashion seasons 🙂

  7. I really like the idea of looking to the fashion shows to see what motifs and design schemes are coming up for the next season. I don’t generally pay attention to the trends but maybe I should start looking!

  8. I love dressing and putting outfits together, but I tend not to follow fashion, really. I love it when seasonal trends intersect with what-I-wear-anyway. Example: that cape! It is beautiful! And the pattern is very Endpaper Mitts-ish.

  9. Hmmm. I never have paid attention to fashion in that sense. I like how you’re able to see a trend and translate it into how it might fit into your knitting. Clever! Maybe I should start paying attention!

  10. Oya

    Wow, that Diane Von Furstenberg dress looks alarmingly like a rip-off of this:

    Made in 2008. Coincidence? Dfferent enough to get away with it? I guess you could argue that big names get ripped off all the time but there’s really no excuse for it; especially given that Louise Black is a fairly wellknown indie designer.

    Otherwise: Really liked this post 🙂 Love the J Mendel Fall dress.

  11. anjig

    I haven’t really paid attention to fashion trends, but it’s really neat to take a closer look and see how they could inspire knitting and crocheting. I really like the diamond motifs.

  12. i live both in Paris and London so i pay attention to fashion. Your post is great!

  13. Snowcatcher

    I can’t say I look at current fashion trends too much when I’m creating, but you’ve featured some interesting looks here. I think I like the glove trend, but I’d rather design my own stuff than copy what someone else things should be a hit. 🙂

  14. I’m always impressed by people who can look at the goofy outfits that are paraded up and down the runways and see actual clothing ideas. The older I get, the less I want to be driven by trends — but I think it’s inevitable. We are so surrounded by them. Your approach of looking beyond the surface gets beyond that looking-like-everybody-else feel.

  15. I love looking at knitwear design from this angle. Makes it feel so now! I really enjoyed your post 🙂

  16. I love the idea of gloves. I can totally support that trend.

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