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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


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