Archive | June, 2013

AW13 fashion trend prediction. Trend forecasting

AW13 Sophisticated Hoarder

For those of you unfamiliar with an area of East London called Shoreditch, this trend may be a little alien to you. As a fully engulfed Londener I’m loving that this trend is now covering AW13.   To gain the basics, Shoreditch is home to some of the best craft, fashion and  vintage shops in […]

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AW13 fashion trend prediction. Trend forecasting

AW13 Gothically Sensitive

A dark trend sweeps the catwalks for AW13. This trend pulls it’s inspiration from the theme of ‘Gothic’, taking parts of romanticism, architecture and disturbing nightmarish figures. The colours are simple in shades of black as a main, grey, navy and ‘almost black’ purples and greens. Other than the colour palette, all other rules are […]

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AW13 fashion trend prediction. Trend forecasting

AW13 Dandy Man

AW13 ‘Dandy’ is a term referring to men who were rather extravagant in their dress across the years. Still moving with fashion and dressing with a masculine basis, these men would somewhat feminise their clothes with oversized accessories, sometimes ornate, feathers and trims that were popular at the time. Well then came the 40’s and […]

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AW13 fashion trend prediction. Trend forecasting

AW13 Pop Art

AW13 An eclectic mix of colours and texture, bringing in the theme of Pop Art. There are no holds barred here. Graphics are a very strong theme throughout through single motifs, tessellated repeats, strong graphical shapes or more regular themes such as animal prints or florals being used in bold ways or with random colours. […]

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A free needle size and yarn guide for hand knitters. Download the guide for free

HELP: Needle & Yarn gauge

Have a little guide to your needle size and the type of yarns per needle. Some fashionknitsters, especially when you start knitting can be a little confused by the tons of different types of yarn, plus the fact that there are loads of different sizing systems for the needles themselves. Who can blame them? I […]

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Ever wanted to know how to calculate the amount of yarn you need for your knitting project or design

HELP: Calculate your yarn

A while ago, I was asked if  I could calculate some yarn for someone and after I did, I came up with an idea. What if I asked knitters if there was something knit related that was a bit of a mystery. Something people wanted a guide to or if I could help with a […]

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Would you like a seamless way to join you knitting seams? Here's our free guide to Kitchener

HELP: Join seams with Kitchener Stitch

Oh seaming ( or Linking )! I’m not a fan of joining any seam by hand, but if you can get an invisible seam, at least that makes the join look nice. Kitchener is actually really easy, but it tends to confuse people because of that funny line of the yarn, picking up half stitches […]

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Have you ever wondered how to grade a knitting pattern? I'll give you the rules from the fashion industry to help you grade your knitting pattern for both hand and machine knitting

HELP: Grade your knitting patterns

Do you want to grade your knitting patterns? Are you a bit confused by the rules? Well over a very long time in the fashion industry, I’ve had to write knitwear specs, go to fit meetings, speak to the manufacturers and make knitwear designs for the highstreet. This involves a lot of grading, measurements and […]

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What is SSK? It means Slip Slip Knit and is a method of decreasing knitting stitches. Come and get your free guide

HK HELP: SSK [Slip Slip Knit]

If you’re not sure what SSK means, it refers to a method of decreasing stitches in a knitting pattern. A K2tog will do the same thing, but the in the opposite direction. So when you have 2 stitches and you K2tog, you’ll notice that the top stitch, that shows when you are looking at the […]

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I love a cale and a cable with lace is the best kind. Here is the easiet cable lace column I have ever knitted. Get your download for free here

HK STITCH: YO rib and Lace Panel

I really like this stitch. It’s called many things but the yarn over and background of purl stitches stays constant. This stitch really has everything. It’s really easy to knit. It’s only 5 sts wide. It has a little element of lac with the yarn over’s. It only requires you to be able to knit […]

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Create a smocking stitch effect with this really simple guide. Super effective and a great alternative to cables

HK STITCH: Smocking Stitch

Last year I created this jumper, the one pictured. I wanted to do something that was like a cable but with something different. Smocking, is such a great compromise that is really easy to do but with a great texture and a really effective look. I have to say this jumper is one of my […]

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I love the slash and knit technique. Make your jersey garments look like have a knitting stitch. Get our free how to guide

RECYCLE: Slash and Knit

A number of years ago, there was a grungy fashion trend and I used a really cool feature, slash and knit, to sell designs to some of the biggest retailers in the UK! I loved the slash and knit effect and since I posted an article about this [as well as a dress I made with […]

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We love cables! Come and find a range of cable designs and download the guides for theses cable stitches for free

HK STITCH: Mossy Cable

I do love cable stitches. If you hand or machine knit, they just look special. They also look really complicated and some people think they take an age to knit. Well I’m not going to lie, you will have to do a couple of extra stages in comparison to let’s say a stockinette stitch, but […]

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Here's a great guide on how to create the perfect ladder stitch with hand knitting

HK STITCH: Ladder Stitch

The ladder stitch is really versatile. It can be a trim, a great little detail with a background of stockinette stitch or a really solid addition to lace. The ladder stitch is sometimes a little bit disregarded as a design detail because it’s really simple, but it has a really great impact. Ladders can be […]

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Holding stitches is a great technique for your machine. It's also how you do partial knitting with lace

MK HELP: Holding Stitches

Holding stitches is a really great technique for any machine knitter. Make no mistake it will make a really big difference to you when you are partial knitting. Sometimes you get that furry effect on your knitting when you are holding some of the other stitches. Have you ever noticed that? Well this is the […]

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Have you ever wondered how to create a fringe stitch in knitting? Well here it is. Come and download it for free

HK STITCH: Fringe Stitch

In Issue #1 of Twisted Angle, I made a fur coat, all completely knitted. It was one of our most popular and talked about designs for our hand knit patterns. (And one of my favourites) Well here is the key to the design. The fringe stitch is here. Free for you to download and apply […]

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