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AW15 Looks like it will be a good knitting season…..

In my role as a knitwear designer  for the fashion industry, every season I have to attend trade fairs and predict trends and sift through a lot of information before I even put pen to paper, or in my case, graphics tablet pen to illustrator. But my favourite bit, mainly because I’m biting my nails waiting to see if my trend predictions were right, is definitely the catwalk sifting. Yes there is a lot of pictures and on the whole, a bit of a tedious task to undertake, but every so often you’ll find something that inspires you or just makes you smile.

Autumn Winter 15 looks like it will be a really good year for knitwear and that makes me very excited, because when it is all over the catwalks, then that means there is an influx of new knitters and more importantly, a little bit more street cred to a hobby that can sometimes be viewed as a bit old fashioned. I love the fact that every time the designers get behind it, knitting just seems cool and that means magazines get on it and then so does the news and so on and so on until we have an amazing set of new patterns by lots of designers appearing all over the place. Amazing.

 

A Détacher AW15

A Détacher AW15

A Détacher AW15

A Détacher AW15

 

Alexander Wang AW15

Alexander Wang AW15

Alice + Olivia AW15

Alice + Olivia AW15

 

Alexander Wang AW15

Alexander Wang AW15

Alexander Wang AW15

Alexander Wang AW15

 

Alice + Olivia AW15

Alice + Olivia AW15

3.1 Phillip Lim AW15

3.1 Phillip Lim AW15

 

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The Retail Method: Did you test me – THE RESULTS for “V”

So in each of my video’s I promised pictures and a pattern. So here is what happened with each of the videos….. knit along if you want to.

Here is what happened with V.
For this neckline I decided to do a simple round neck, not quite low enough for a scoop neck, but some of you might be more familiar with that term. Here are the measurements V gave me and the tension square at the top.
10 Sts = 3.5cm
10 Rows = 2.5cm

Testing Vicky to Create a Knitting Pattern in less than 10 minustes using the Retail Method

Testing Vicky to Create a Knitting Pattern in less than 10 minustes using the Retail Method

Here is the pattern written out properly with row numbers and standard information like cast on and off and with a full back pattern, that I usually don’t write in full as it mirrors the front. If you want to knit this, then please remember that I asked only for garment length, shoulder width, bust width, waist width and hem width only, so items such as armhole length have been approximated for the length of the garment based on standard retail measurements that would match the garments overall measurements.

However if you are interested in taking the course and discovering how to make a full pattern for yourself, you’ll be able to adjust any area of measurement you want to, add sleeves and any other detailing you want. Plus if you don’t want to knit clothes, maybe do some yarn bombing for a sofa……. then the same method still applies.

FRONT
Row 1. Cast on 146sts

Row 2. Knit 4 Rs

Row 6. Decrease 1 stitch at each end of the row, every 8 Rows for a total of 80 Rows

Row 86.  Increase 1 Stitch at each end of the row, every 21 Rows for a total of 84 Rows

Row 170: Cast off 9 stitches at both ends of the row to start armhole

Decrease 1 stitch at each end of the Row, every 2 Rows for a total of 6 Rows

Row 176. Knit 44 Rows

NECKLINE.

This will require either short rows or partial knitting, and you will need to knit this both sides of centre to create the neckline. This starts with the Right side, but feel free to start on the right by mirroring the instructions.

Row 220.  At centre only, cast off 20 sts, 10 sts each side of the centre.

At the end of the Row nearest to the centre, decrease, towards the side seam [away from centre], 1 stitch every Row for a total of 16 Rows

Row 236. Knit 16 Rows

Row 252. Cast off

Now go back and repeat the neckline on the left hand side, following the same instructions from Row 220 to the end.

 

BACK

Follow the front throughout with 1 amendment to the neckline and cross back as follows:

Row 1. Cast on 146sts

Row 2. Knit 4 Rs

Row 6. Decrease 1 stitch at each end of the row, every 8 Rows for a total of 80 Rows

Row 86.  Increase 1 Stitch at each end of the row, every 21 Rows for a total of 84 Rows

Row 170: Cast off 9 stitches at both ends of the row to start armhole

Decrease 1 stitch at each end of the Row, every 2 Rows for a total of 6 Rows

Row176. Knit 60 Rows

NECKLINE.

This will require either short rows or partial knitting, and you will need to knit this both sides of centre to create the neckline. This starts with the Right side, but feel free to start on the right by mirroring the instructions.

Row 236.  At centre only, cast off 20 sts, 10 sts each side of the centre.

At the end of the Row nearest to the centre, decrease, towards the side seam [away from centre], 1 stitch every Row for a total of 16 Rows

Row 252. Cast off

Now go back and repeat the neckline on the left hand side, following the same instructions from Row 236 to the end.

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The Retail Method: Did you test me – THE RESULTS for “C”

So in each of my video’s I promised pictures and a pattern. So here is what happened with each of the videos….. knit along if you want to.

Here is what happened with C.
For this neckline I decided to do a simple slash neckline to suit the bust and shoulder measurements. Here are the measurements C gave me and the tension square at the top.
10 Sts = 6cm
10 Rows = 4cm

Testing Vicky to Create a Knitting Pattern in less than 10 minustes using the Retail Method Testing Vicky to Create a Knitting Pattern in less than 10 minustes using the Retail Method

 

Here is the pattern written out properly with row numbers and standard information like cast on and off and with a full back pattern, that I usually don’t write in full as it mirrors the front. If you want to knit this, then please remember that I asked only for garment length, shoulder width, bust width, waist width and hem width only, so items such as armhole length have been approximated for the length of the garment based on standard retail measurements that would match the garments overall measurements.

However if you are interested in taking the course and discovering how to make a full pattern for yourself, you’ll be able to adjust any area of measurement you want to, add sleeves and any other detailing you want. Plus if you don’t want to knit clothes, maybe do some yarn bombing for a sofa……. then the same method still applies.

 

On reflection, looking at the pattern as I am copying it down, I would, if I was creating a design with the yarn, probably have adjusted the neckline to have more stitches at the shoulders and less of a slash. Although the pattern is true to the measurements given, I wanted the randomness to be authentic. So when I added in the necklines I was trying not to consider anything too much and so the numbers were added with a little randomness. For that reason, if you would like to knit this pattern I would suggest maybe altering the neckline at Row 140 to cast off only 36 sts, 18 sts each side of centre instead of 40, to allow for slightly wider shoulder seams. You can of course amend this as you want to.

FRONT and BACK are the same, so feel free to knit in the round, making sure to mark the side seams and increase / decrease as needed.
Row 1. Cast on 88sts

Row 2. Knit 2 Rs

Row 4. Decrease 1 stitch at each end of the row, every 8 Rows for a total of 48 Rows

Row 52.  Increase 1 Stitch at each end of the row, every 10Rows for a total of 50 Rows

Row 102: Cast off 6 stitches at both ends of the row to start armhole

Decrease 1 stitch at each end of the Row, every 2 Rows for a total of 6 Rows

Row108. Knit 34 Rows

NECKLINE.

This will require either short rows or partial knitting, and you will need to knit this both sides of centre to create the neckline. This starts with the Right side, but feel free to start on the right by mirroring the instructions.

Row 142.  At centre only, cast off 40 sts, 20 sts each side of the centre.

At the end of the Row nearest to the centre, decrease, towards the side seam [away from centre], 1 stitch every Row for a total of 10 Rows

Row 152. Cast off

Now go back and repeat the neckline on the left hand side, following the same instructions from Row 140 to the end.

 

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The Retail Method: Did you test me – THE RESULTS for “J”

So in each of my video’s I promised pictures and a pattern. So here is what happened with each of the videos….. knit along if you want to.

Here is what happened with J.
For this neckline I decided to do a simple, yet a little bit low [cheeky] “V” shaped neckline. Here are the measurements J gave me and the tension square at the top.
10 Sts = 4.14cm
10 Rows = 2.83cm

Testing Vicky to Create a Knitting Pattern in less than 10 minustes using the Retail Method Testing Vicky to Create a Knitting Pattern in less than 10 minustes using the Retail Method

Here is the pattern written out properly with row numbers and standard information like cast on and off and with a full back pattern, that I usually don’t write in full as it mirrors the front. If you want to knit this, then please remember that I asked only for garment length, shoulder width, bust width, waist width and hem width only, so items such as armhole length have been approximated for the length of the garment based on standard retail measurements that would match the garments overall measurements.

However if you are interested in taking the course and discovering how to make a full pattern for yourself, you’ll be able to adjust any area of measurement you want to, add sleeves and any other detailing you want. Plus if you don’t want to knit clothes, maybe do some yarn bombing for a sofa……. then the same method still applies.

FRONT
Row 1. Cast on 106sts

Row 2. Knit 4 Rs

Row 6. Decrease 1 stitch at each end of the row, every 6 Rows for a total of 60 Rows

Row 66. Knit 4 Rows

Row 70. Increase 1 Stitch at each end of the row, every 9 Rows for a total of 63 Rows

Row 133: Cast off 3 stitches at both ends of the row to start armhole

Decrease 1 stitch at each end of the Row, every 2 Rows for a total of 6 Rows

NECKLINE.

This will require either short rows or partial knitting, and you will need to knit this both sides of centre to create the neckline. This starts with the Left side, but feel free to start on the right by mirroring the instructions.

Row 139.  At centre only, decrease towards the side seam [away from centre], 1 stitch every 2 rows for a total of 60 Rows

[For a less cheeky V shaped neckline you can alter the instructions for the above line to:  Knit 30 Rows and decrease 1 Stitch per Row for 30 Rows]

Row 199: Knit 1 Row to finish

Row 200. Cast off

Now go back and repeat the neckline on the right hand side, following the same instructions from R139 to the end.

 

BACK.
For back, follow front pattern with an amendment to the neckline. Back pattern is as follows:

R1. Cast on 106sts

R2. Knit 4 Rs

R6. Decrease 1 stitch at each end of the row, every 6 Rows for a total of 60 Rows

R66. Knit 4 Rows

Row 70. Increase 1 Stitch at each end of the row, every 9 Rows for a total of 63 Rows

Row 133: Cast off 3 stitches at both ends of the row to start armhole

Decrease 1 stitch at each end of the Row, every 2 Rows for a total of 6 Rows

Row 139. Knit 51 Rows

This part will need partial knitting or short rows for neckline before or after cast off depending on your preferred cast off method :

Row 190. At centre, cast off 40 Stitches, [20 stitches each side of centre]

Decrease 1 stitch at the end of Row closest to centre, every for for a total of 10 Rows

Row 200. Cast off

Then repeat from Row 190 to end on other side of the neckline

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Guess what I was doing today…

So finally some quiet recording time was found today and I was busy recording for the course content. It’s strange to think that it was all ready to go by Christmas, but a bought of flu then builders on both sides of me have delayed things so much. But we’re into the final phase of recording and almost ready to launch. I’m so excited because I know how many people this will help and how much amazing knitwear will appear. So happy today.

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The Retail Method: Did you test me – THE RESULTS for “H”

So in each of my video’s I promised pictures and a pattern. So here is what happened with each of the videos….. knit along if you want to.

Here is what happened with H.
The measurements came in inches and had a shoulder width. So for this neckline I decided to do a wrap. Here are the measurements H gave me and the tension square at the top.
10 Sts = 3cm
10 Rows = 2.7cm

Testing Vicky to Create a Knitting Pattern in less than 10 minustes using the Retail Method

Testing Vicky to Create a Knitting Pattern in less than 10 minustes using the Retail Method

 

Here is the pattern written out properly with row numbers and standard information like cast on and off and with a full back pattern, that I usually don’t write in full as it mirrors the front. If you want to knit this, then please remember that I asked only for garment length, shoulder width, bust width, waist width and hem width only, so items such as armhole length have been approximated for the length of the garment based on standard retail measurements that would match the garments overall measurements. The pattern itself only tells you how many stitches and rows you need to create a shape. If you wanted to construct the garment differently, for example, keep the front as one piece and just attach a fake wrap front, then you would need to adjust the pattern accordingly based on your preferred method of construction.

However if you are interested in taking the course and discovering how to make a full pattern for yourself, you’ll be able to adjust any area of measurement you want to, add sleeves and any other detailing you want. Plus if you don’t want to knit clothes, maybe do some yarn bombing for a sofa……. then the same method still applies.

FRONT
R1. Cast on 199sts
R2. Decrease 1st each end of the row, every 8 Rs, for a total of 80 Rs

ON RIGHT SIDE OF ROW ONLY
R82. Knit 8 Rs
R90. Decrease 1st per Row for 142 Rs
R230. Knit 6 Rows.
R238. Cast off sts.

ON LEFT SIDE OF ROW ONLY
R82. Increase 1st every 26 Rs for a total of 78 Rs
R160. Cast off 3sts and decrease 1st every 2 Rs for a total of 6 Rs
R166. Knit 72 Rs
R238. Cast off sts

Then repeat. Swapping left and right instructions for the other side. This also creates two front panels so you have the option of creating a true wrap top. You do have the option as I mentioned above, only partially knitting the other front panel and linking or seaming.

BACK.
For back, follow front pattern and use the instructions  for LEFT SIDE OF ROW on both ends of each Row with one amendment. Back pattern is as follows:
R1. Cast on 199sts
R2. Decrease 1st each end of the row, every 8 Rs, for a total of 80 Rs
R82. Increase 1st every 26 Rs for a total of 78 Rs
R160. Cast off 3sts and decrease 1st every 2 Rs for a total of 6 Rs
*R166. Knit 60 Rs. Then at centre cast off 80sts, 40 either side of centre. This part will be partial knitting or short rows
*R226. Decrease 1 st, at centre, every Row for a total of 12Rs
R238. Cast off sts

Then repeat R226 onwards for other shoulder.

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The Retail Method – Did you TEST ME to write a pattern in under 10 mins?

So did you Test Me to write a knitting pattern in less than 10 mins? Well 4 wonderful fashionknitsters did…..

I’ve been saying that with the Retail Method of creating knitting patterns that, with a little practise too, I can actually write a knitting pattern in less than 10 minutes. Sounds a bit too good to be true? Boasting even? Maybe it just can’t be done? Well to be honest, I never actually timed myself, so I thought that if I’m going to tell people that, then I should really prove it shouldn’t I. It’s not enough to just say that you can do something. People want to see it, and that is perfectly fair. If I’m going to be selling a course that makes some big claim, like its super simple, super fast or for any type of knitter, any shape of garment, any type of yarn, in fact anything you want to calculate and it will only take you 10 mins to write etc, then it makes sense that people want to see it in action.

So I thought to put my money where my mouth is and for a bit of fun,  I would test myself on camera. So I take a standard template, like the one we use in the course and ask people to give me their own measurements and a tension square and all I would do is replace the measurements I use in the course, with their own personal measurements and see how long it takes me to write a pattern for them……. now since I want to e transparent about the whole process, I even show you the before and after pattern sheet and piece of paper I work everything out on, so that all of the figures and numbers are completely fresh and new. Plus t here is also the biggest stopwatch you have ever seen. It’s on my laptop, full screen no less, and my laptop is a 15 inch one….. I really did make me laugh when I saw it.

So the newsletter and posts went out, people responded and emails were sent. Here finally are the videos….

 

INTRO VIDEO

VIDEO “H”

VIDEO “C”

VIDEO “J”

VIDEO “V”

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A knitting pattern in under 30mins? Are you crazy

So a little while ago I was asked to put together a physical workshop on how to create knitting patterns. There was a ton of positive feedback and interest….

Unfortunately the workshop never happened because the person who asked me to put it together didn’t tell anyone it was happening and of course, not every fashionknitster was in that location at the time.

After getting so much support and comments like “I wish I was in London so I could come”, I felt that there was clearly a lot of knitters who wanted to get their own creative juices going and were being held back by other courses that, quite frankly, make it so complicated that I couldn’t follow them.

Now it’s time to give the knitting power back to the people. I decided this year I would work on putting my method down on paper so to speak. So for the first time ever, I’m going to tell people how to create a pattern in less than 30 mins. I can actually do it less than 10 but I do have a lot of practice under my belt.

So I’ve gone back to my computer, recorded some info on how retail works, how to measure and of course, the pattern method itself and now I just need a few finishing touches…… If you’re still not convinced, I’m going to prove it can be done in less than 10 mins and so you know that I’m not cheating, I want you to send me your measurements and a tension swatch measurement….

Watch out for the newsletter with all of the details to get involved and test me.

So roll on 2015. This will be the year of the Fashionknitsters.

 

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The Retail Tension Square

In retail we measure tension squares a little differently from the knitting community.

For retail we simply take a standard number of Rows and Stitches and take the measurement for each one, so for example 10 sts = 2cm. I always find that 10 Stitches and 10 Rows is the simplest want of doing this. It keeps the maths easy and means you won’t have to knit huge squares.

If you want to TEST ME [ on the pattern courses page ] then simply mark out 10 stitches on your tension square and take the measurement. Then mark out 10 Rows and take this measurement.

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YOUR STYLE: Andrea Henry

Get featured on our blog. What is your fashion and style. I want to know so I can show off YOUR amazing knitting skills. Just email me now

Get featured on our blog. What is your fashion and style. I want to know so I can show off YOUR amazing knitting skills. Just email me now

I love to cover the style of our Fashionknitsters and today I had an email from Andrea Henry. She has created her first pattern for Ravelry, pictured below and you can check out her website HERE.
This is what Andrea is knitting….
Andrea Henry. Knitwear Designer. Twisted Angle, your style. Your favourite knits
MY PERSONAL STYLE:
Colourful handknits inspired mostly from nature.
I LOVE THIS GARMENT:
First design for my company ARTISA KNITS.  It is also my first RAVELRY pattern.
Andrea Henry
Knitwear Designer
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A little break for me and the machine

So most of you might be wondering where the dickins I’ve been for a few months. Well a number of things have been happening here at the Twisted Angle HQ and it meant I had to take a forceable break from a few things. Firstly wedding plans are just consuming my life and mainly the fact that I’m making my own dress. I’m hoping this “Wedding thing” doesn’t happen again, but next time, someone please tell me just to go and buy one! I love making clothes, but as a designer, the pressure is on. It’s the first question I get asked by everyone who knows what I do. Don’t get me wrong, It does mean it will be the perfect dress and something I’ll love down to the last bead, but boy did I put some pressure on myself with this design. Anyone know any elves or fairy godmothers who might be able to help?

Then there was the RSI problem in my thumb that keeps coming back every few months when I knit too much…….. :(  It’s just my luck to have to put the needles down every time I get into my stride. But on the upside, it does mean I get plenty of time to plan and design the new projects which I have to admit is definitely my favourite part. So that has been wonderful

And lastly there is work. Some of you may or may not know that I had some operations a few years ago and since they were on my eyes, that did put me out of action for a while, including being able to do my day job as a designer. Thankfully I was signed off by my doctor in July and since then my day job has just been nuts. Trying to get back into the swing of things again has definitely made it difficult to manage everything at once. Actually it surprised ma a bit. I was always able to handle quite a lot before, but I don’t know, maybe age has finally caught up with me or something, but honestly, I’ve been a little overwhelmed. But I’m positive it’s just a case of finding the right rhythm and place for everything, which will hopefully come soon.

But all in all, I really can’t complain becasue things are good. I’m clear from my eye issues, back at work and busy, which can never be a bad thing…….. oh and I managed to loose a stone in weight so that dress is on it’s way to looking smoking hot on this oldie.

So sorry everyone for being a bit slow with the files and posts, but I’m sure the break has done me some good and a new year is not that dar away now, so 2015 is the year for every fashionknitster including me. Back on the needles and machine, posting and bringing more lovely goodies…….. Oh and a new course is just around the corner. watch out for that!

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A new beginning…..

So I logged onto the site today to write some posts and I nearly died when I saw the date of my last post. So I suppose I should tell you what’s been happening…..

Just before Christmas, my wonderful partner decided to propose and honestly, I couldn’t be happier. So over Christmas we spent some time in London with friends and family and of course the questions of ”Sooooo when are you getting married” or ”Have you set a date?” kept coming up and eventually we started telling people next summer, 2015 basically.

So Tim goes back to Hong Kong and I’m still in London, and it suddenly hit me that with us being in Hong Kong and with Tim’s job, we would literally be back in London 2 more times before the actual wedding! OK so I had 4 weeks to go before I was due to fly back, so I’m in panic / superwoman / organiser mode for 4 weeks straight, trying to book viewings, see caterers etc etc and of course it hasn’t actually stopped raining the whole time I’m there. So amazingly bad luck, the floods and storms start, which means most of the places we were looking at were flooded or weren’t showing us around. Honestly I have literally been ripping my hair out the whole time.

I actually haven’t been able to even think outside of the whole issue for the last 6 weeks. Anyway, back in Hong Kong now, so I can finally leave it in the hands of family and friends and of course get back to what I love most.

Once again, I really want to apologise for leaving the posts so long. I really just had to spend every waking moment getting on with the planning and everything else just seemed to go out of my mind. Anyway everything is back to normal now. Things are on track and my brain has recovered from the extreme burst of wedding radiation that took over.

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Hello Stranger…..

So I know its been a while since I wrote a post but I thought I should really  tell you what’s happening.

So some of you might know that I’ve been in Hong Kong for a while because Tim has a job here. Well after some consideration I’ve decided to set up a business here, back in my native fashion day job.

Well I have to sayit’s far more difficult compared to the UK and it’s takng up quite some time to get all the information and writing a business plan. But anyway it is all underway now and the plan is to have a studio/office and work there. Now fear not TA will continue and be also based from there. It also means I’ll have space for photoshoots and hopefully can arrange some knitty events there too.

So next week the book will be completed and ready to knit. Just a couple of pages to format and we’re done. Back to patterns and photoshoots. Woo Hoo.

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A nice little gift…… that’s right a discount for life!

Sign Up to our email list and get our welcome 10% gift to use in our shop for life. Knitting patterns, knitting offerJust a quick one today. Sofor those of you who are on the email newsletter for TA, then you’ll already know about this, but for those of you who don’t I’ll take a couple of moments to explain what exactly this is.

There is also more information on the ABOUT: Shhhhh page. OK so this is a little 10% gift that I’ve been giving to everyone who joins my newsletter list. It’s really that simple. You’ll receive an email a few days after you sign up to the list giving you a discount code that is yours for life. It will give you 10% off anything in our shop regardless of what it is and there are no conditions of use, other than it is your code. If you think someone else might like to have a code, then please forward them a link via the sharing buttons below and ask them to sign up too.

There are also other benefits to this too…… if you create an account on the shop page, then the more you spend over your lifetime, the greater the discount will become. Simple

 

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I want to feature YOUR knitting

Get featured on our blog. What is your fashion and style. I want to know so I can show off YOUR amazing knitting skills. Just email me now

Get featured on our blog. What is your fashion and style. I want to know so I can show off YOUR amazing knitting skills. Just email me now

You know I was sitting down doing a bit of knitting and pattern planning on my sofa at the weekend and I was suddenly taken by the fact that design really isn’t about designers, it’s about everyone!

Whilst I was taking a naughty break on Pinterest, I’m scrolling through my phone at all of the wonderful knits and designs that are in my feed [and I’m such an image person-love pictures] it just strikes me that as I’m pinning and repining all of these wonderful images and clicking through to their sites to see what other stuff they have, it strikes me that some of them are just real, passionate knitters. Just wonderful knitters who love knitting, blogging, hand and machine knitters, colour, lace, cables and all things in between.

I was so struck by these amazing images that a subconscious thought that I’ve always had and I really have. It was one of the fundamental reasons I started Twisted, really just rushed to the front of my brain. Design really isn’t about designers. You know that creativity and innovation really does come from trial and error, pushing the boundaries and just trying new things. Now those things don’t always work, but it’s the foundation of great design. Nothing new and innovative would ever happen if we all just followed the same route: if we all had the same style and thoughts. So lets change ths!

Let’s make everyone know that knitting belongs to the knitters!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a  designer and I have nothing against them of course, but it’s so great to see that in the last few years since things like Facebook and Pinterest have just taken over the internet, designs that have been created by the small business, the individual or a passionate hobbyist can now bee seen by millions through a blog or website. Thank goodness the days of the large company dominating our attention has gone.

So do you want to show off your style and your knits? I want you to

Why don’t you get involved. I really want to start and continue to blog about great designers, great knitters and just everyone who loves what they knit. Remember that your style is personal to you. This is not a place for judgement or that you have to be the most fashionable person in the world. You don’t have to be accessorised is Gucci or be in some fashionable part of town. No that is not what being a fashionista is about. Style is far more important and I want to show off what YOU are really proud of. YOUR style and what YOU think is great design.

Now you don’t have to have designed your knit, just make sure to tell me who did so that I can credit them for their hard work and it can be by anyone, I’m looking for the LOVE OF KNITTING, which could be my patterns of course, haha, just kidding. No any designer is fine. I really want to spread the design message and get knitters inspired.

Simply send me an email with some photos of your knit and include answers to two very simple questions.

  1. 1. What is your personal style? So what kind of look do you go for and why?
  2. 2. Why do you love that knit? Is it a detail? Yarn? Stitch? Whatever it is tell why you love it so much.

Please also give me “Who Knitted It” details with a link or name of the book if possible so I can go and grab some details about the pattern, like where to buy, needle size etc.

Email me at vicky@twistedangle.co.uk

Now there is one condition. I really want to focus each post on one design at a time. You are more than welcome to send me different designs, but please keep 1 email to one design. That way I won’t loose track of ones I’ve posted and one’s I haven’t. Oh I can’t wait to see what you all send.

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A Fringe Cardi to end ALL fringe cardigans

Fringe fashion knit cardigan. This one will have tasselsThat’s right you heard it here first. Over the past few months and in redesigning the site, I realised that it had been a while since I had done something really huge. A really large, knitting all day every day, epic knitting project. I saw something a few weeks ago that just inspired the hell out of me and so the Epic Tassel Cardi was born.

Now I can’t say too much until I’m further down the line, but in the interest of making it truly epic, I’ve actually redone the lacy trim about 3 times now. It doesn’t help that I’m blocking it as I go and then ripping and knitting, just to get the trim perfect. It also doesn’t help that the trim (and only the trim) is knitted in a rayon based, small rope. But I have to say that the start is very promising.

So what will it be? What can I tell you? Well. there will be some colour work. I’m thinking at this point maybe a singular image rather than a repeat, but that may change. It will have a lacy trim with tassels as per the pictures and it will be a wonderfully bohemian, comfy cardigan, but of course with a modern fashion edge.

I honestly don’t think it will be done till after Christmas, unless I just knitted continuously and didn’t eat or sleep for the next 2 weeks and to be fair, I have done that on occasion, but this time I think it’s better to take more time with it. For the first time in a while now, I feel really inspired again by knitted fashion. It’s all been a little drab on the catwalks, which are meant to inspire a designer like me with amazing details and design and for the longest time, I don’t think I’ve gasped at anything. You know that feeling when something is so beautiful it literally takes your breath away.

Ok so enough teasing…… Here is a couple of pictures of the progress so far, and to give you an idea, there will also be some colour work involved later on, but it will be so worth it in the end. I will never take it off once it’s done. So here’s how the original trim was looking so far before I restarted it last night for the last time. Hopefully the bottom cast on edge looks much better now rather than the looser effect below. It does mean that I’ve had to cast on a few extra repeats of the design as of course the tighter knit cast on means that it’s not making such a wide starting point. But hey, the more tassels the better I say!

Of course I’ll keep the updates coming as I go, but I wanted this to be a really great surprise.

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The Summer Idea! Fringing!

OK so I know we’re not even into Winter here in the northern hemisphere, but if you didn’t know, the catwalks for SS14 are happening at the moment and Fashion Week is one of my busiest times of the year. So I’ve been trawling through designs and pictures and shows over the past couple of weeks and one reason was that a while ago I found a few little warning signs that a certain trend might be fighting it’s way back in for summer.

In a good way  though…… I actually don’t mind a bit of fringing, tasteful fringing I might add……… so this week was a chance for me to see if my ‘gut’ had done it again…….. and the answer is yes. The confirmation is in. Fringing has been seen on a number of the catwalk collections, so I guess it is time to start looking at summer fringing. I’m actually super excited about this. 1. because I have been updating my portfolio recently and there is a ton load of fringing prediction in there, so phewwww and 2. because I saw an idea a while back that was just so beautiful that I couldn’t resist putting it into knit. For now that is all I will say on the matter, mainly because it will be an epic pattern undertaking and honestly, I’m hoping I get it done before Christmas, but you know that there is always that chance….. the fringing trim is still in progress and I’m only 8 Rows in, which has taken 4 days……. yep, epic!

Anyway, enough of my ramblings, onto some inspiration for SS14 fringing.

Altuzarra SS14

Altuzarra SS14

Altuzarra SS14

Altuzarra SS14

Altuzarra SS14

Altuzarra SS14

Anna Sui SS14

Anna Sui SS14

Christian Siriano SS14

Christian Siriano SS14

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Where is your knitting passion?

Me? I’m ashamed to say that over the last 4 years of running Twisted Angle, I was slowly being taken over by running a business, running the website and I felt like I was knitting for the sake of it. [Don’t worry this is definitely not a moan post, but I think it’s something no one ever talks about.]

It happened slowly and I didn’t realise that the huge roaring fire in my belly I had when I started, was being eaten away because my focus was being distracted by the social networks, the photo editing, the coding for the website. In the beginning, I launched at the Knitting and Stitching Show in London. I was completely buzzing. I printed the logo 3 times, layering it up on foam, hand crafting it and spray painting it, just for the stand. I produced a mini guide to the idea for visitors and had that printed, I hand printed and made 200 cotton Twisted Angle bags. I literally worked and worked and worked. But you know, I didn’t mind at all. It never at any point felt like work.

To be fair, I’ve always had that kind of mind set though. I was brought up to believe that you get nothing without good honest hard work and just believing in what you are doing will get you everything you want to achieve. And don’t get me wrong, it sounds like I’m moaning or asking for sympathy. No, not at all, I still completely believe in the site and the concept of what I do. That wasn’t the problem.

No it was just that all of the things I did that were initially inspiring and focused with a spring in my step, now was just making me physically tired. But I honestly didn’t realise that the fire had become more of a small glowing ember. I thought I was still as passionate as I could be………….

Well something happened this week that just blew me away and the drive and passion I had in the beginning just hit me in the face! Right between the eyes!

Last year I produced a book of animal prints, and this year we are set to do another on florals. It has all been going well. Of course, a few delays as to be expected, these things never completely go to plan, but that’s life. I received all of the swatches, beautifully knitted by each of the lovely hand and machine knitters that collaborate with me to produce the books. It really is a community project and I wish I could show them all off, because they really do put a lot of hard work into the knitting. They all come back beautiful and perfect. I can’t tell you how amazing they all are. But this week I got one that was to be fair, the most complicated one I have ever designed, more of a show piece if you will.  Now if I’m honest, I know the girl that took this particular one is a fantastic knitter, like all of the others. She did an amazing job last year on another complicated design and it was truly perfect,  but this had a lot and I mean a lot of colours, so you just never know……… I never expected the swatch to be bad at all in her hands, but when I opened it up and saw just how beautifully knitted it was, the colours together and the design that was previously just an idea on paper, I almost cried.

I know, it seems silly, crying at a swatch, but honestly it was a strange moment. All of the hours of work suddenly disappeared from my mind. The tiredness in my body went and it was the ignition I had been waiting for.  Whatever was going on at that moment, the fire roared away again. I guess it was seeing my design made up, I’m not sure what is was, but the passion was there again. I can’t really explain it. I suddenly realised that for the last year I hadn’t been as passionate as I could be. I was tired with the distractions and I made a promise to myself right there to focus and keep this fire alive.

So what I want to ask you is what about your passion? Are you just knitting or designing for the sake of it, or is every stitch and every garment a passionate fire? It should be! I want you to find it again like I did. Maybe you don’t realise that your fire is going out like mine, but you need to find that spark. let me know what your spark was and how you found it, or maybe you need some ideas? Leave a comment to let me know. Maybe we can restart your together.

If you want to know more about the previous animal book, you can visit the shop page for images and a full description by clicking here: http://www.twistedangle.co.uk/shop/#!/~/product/category=6317170&id=17365234

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A new start….

Twisted Angle studio for 2013. The new knitting studio with knitting machine, yarn and knitting needlesSo a while ago, if you have been following along, you’ll know that back in July, the website had a brand new launch. With that, the summer has been a bit of a busy time. The book has been designed and the swatches have been knitted, the website changeover has been done and with our holiday back in London to see family and friends, we got back to Hong Kong to find out that we had to move. So that was fun :)

No pressure then……

Well I suppose I should really get into what’s been going on behind the scenes. Well yes the website is now up and going. A few bugs as I’ve gone along but mainly done. The only problem at the moment is that some update for WordPress [ the system that runs my site ] has completely knocked out the shop page. Sort of a key part of the site now that we are completely online. So currently Internet Explorer is working fine, but all of the others seem to be a bit hit and miss. Had it happened at any other time, this would be fixed within a couple of days, but same as the rest of the world, my web designer is on holiday….yikes! I did attempt to fix it [ way beyond my skills ] but no. Epic WordPress skills fail! Oh well, this should be fixed soon, so bear with me.

Then the book. This has been going well. It’s basically done, just waiting for the lovely knitters to get some swatches back to me. I have to say, I thought last year was good quality, but this year has been amazing. Well done ladies, you have again produced the most beautiful swatches. I love the fact that we have more people this time around and the quality was superb, but I would love to see some more boys next year………. I know you are out there!! Come on men, you need to be representing the fashionable male knitters! But let’s give it a few months before I even think about book three….

Oh yes and then there was the move. We are in a lovely new place, all packed, moved, unpacked and the flat pack furniture made….. Yes I did make the entire bed myself, whilst the other half was at a work lunch….. OK for some eh! Well finally after some delays in a desk, I now have the last piece of the puzzle for the new studio [ otherwise known as the spare room ] a desk, hurrah! I have to say there are a few quirks. We have a dusky pink living room, with a black chandelier, yes that’s right, a chandelier…… in a 550 sq foot flat! It is pretty epic. Not sure what the landlord was thinking, but it kind of works. Oh and then we took the wrapping off the lamp shade in the bedroom……. feathers! Yes that’s right, just to make it look a little more boudoir……  you have to love life’s little quirks. Makes it all a bit more interesting dont you think?

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