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AW14 Snoods

I know it’s not yet summer, but in the world of fashion, we’ve already planned for Autumn Winter 2014. It looks like some of the magazines are also looking ahead to Winter and in preparation for the cold weather ahead, snoods are here to stay. Here’s some great inspiration for some knitty gifts or accessories you might want to make for yourself this winter.

All beautifully snuggly and chunky neck wraps for either hand or machine knits. I love the middle one. The chunky knit and multi textured yarn looks super warm for the snowy cold weather coming up.

Vogue Brazil June 2014 knitting inspiration for Snood accessories for hand and machine knitting

Vogue Brazil June 2014 knitting inspiration for Snood accessories for hand and machine knitting Vogue Brazil June 2014b Vogue Brazil June 2014c

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CHART: Rose Trellis

Rose Trellis chart for hand or machine knitting. Free chart for rose trellisIn this guide I’ve included a full repeatable Rose Trellis from our Trends Book: Floral. A huge flora trend has been sweeping the fashion season, and here we’re no different. So here is a little free chart for a horizontal repeating rose trellis that can be done with 3 colours or just 2 for a more graphic look.

 

If you love floral graphics and you are a handor a machine knitter, you can find lots more floral repeats, kitsch florals and more in depth artworks in our E-Book, which you can find here: TRENDS: Floral

 

Feel free to use and abuse it in whatever way you like. Just make sure, that if you like it, that you share it……. come on don’t keep secrets from your knitting friends.

 

Download PDF HERE: Rose Trellis

 

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Exciting looks for lace lovers!

One of the biggest trends for SS14 will definitely be lace. So those of you knitters who love a bit of lace, get ready. There will be all sorts of lace from the simplest eyelet based ideas to the most complex, all over or intricate ideas. So whatever level of lace knitter you are, now is the time to start sharpening those needles and searching for some lace ideas.

At this point I want to reference a blog I was reading earlier today. I don’t usually reference many knitting blogs, mainly due to the overtly fashion element I have going on here at TA and to be fair, I’m not really a shawl wearer, but in the knitting world I know shawls are really popular and lace ones are a great way to start with a smallish project. I came across this post and I was really impressed both by the colour of the yarn, but also the lace stitch overall. It has a great combination of weight and openness to the stitch. I should point out that I am talking about the first shawl on the page. The red one pictured for point 1 of the post. The shoulders are really beautifully constructed. So it definitely worth checking out this pattern. You can buy it on Ravelry and there is a link to the pattern itself. Costing $6 US

Blog post: http://picnicknits.com/knitting/size-matters/

For those of you who want some creative ideas to get your juices flowing, here are some great inspirational images for SS14 that I will including in my own idea pot for my new designs. There are some really great features of the lace, even in the simplest of ideas. The first one pictured for example by Catherine Malandrino, has a really great detail around the shoulders and cuff. Love that. Threeasfour went way more OTT but I love the combination of solid areas mixed with areas of intricate lace work. Easier said when you are cutting fabric panels, I know, but that is the challenge isn’t it……

Catherine Malandrino SS14 Lace trend

Catherine Malandrino SS14

Christian Siriano SS14 Lace trend

Christian Siriano SS14

Julien Macdonald SS14 Lace trend

Julien Macdonald SS14

Julien Macdonald SS14 Lace trend

Julien Macdonald SS14

Pringle of Scotland SS14 Lace trend

Pringle of Scotland SS14

Thakoon SS14 Lace trend

Thakoon SS14

Threeasfour SS14 Lace trend

Threeasfour SS14

Threeasfour SS14 Lace trend

Threeasfour SS14

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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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CHART: The 3 Colour Tartan

A three colour tartan design for knitting on hand or machine. 3 Colour check graph grid design

In this guide I’ve included a full repeatable check [ actually it’s more than 2 colours so in fact it’s a non traditional tartan ]  in chart form. It’s a modern twist on the traditional tartan or [check], with a slightly off centred mini stripe.

It plays with the idea of a traditional tartan by using the background colour to make stripes as well as moving the stripes to be less evenly spaced.

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Download PDF HERE: 3 colour modern tartan

 

If you like this then you should check out the other tartan and check files!

2 Colour Check

2 Colour Worn Out Check

 

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CHART: 4 Colour Tartan

 

A four colour tartan design for knitting on hand or machine. 4 Colour check graph grid designIn this guide I’ve included a full repeatable check [ actually it’s more than 2 colours so in fact it’s a non traditional tartan ]  in chart form. It’s a modern twist on the traditional tartan or [check], with a slightly off centred mini stripe in a couple of colours with a highlight stripe.

 

It plays with the idea of a traditional tartan by using a strong highlight colour to make stripes, as well as moving the stripes to be less evenly spaced. There is also some colour suggestions for different colour combination options

 

Feel free to use and abuse it in whatever way you like. Just make sure, that if you like it, that you share it……. come on don’t keep secrets from your knitting friends.

 

Download PDF HERE: 4 colour modern tartan

 

 

 

If you like this then you should check out the other tartan and check files!

 

2 Colour Check

 

2 Colour Worn Out Check

 

 

 

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CHART: 2 Colour Modern Check

2 colour check pattern for knitters. Hand or machine knitting. Pattern ChartIn this guide I’ve included a full repeatable check in chart form. It’s a modern twist on the traditional check, with a degraded, worn out feel. There is also some ideas on colour combinations too.

Feel free to use and abuse it in whatever way you like. Just make sure, that if you like it, that you share it……. come on don’t keep secrets from your knitting friends.

Download PDF HERE: 2 Colour Modern Check

 

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HELP: Join seams with Kitchener Stitch

Would you like a seamless way to join you knitting seams? Here's our free guide to KitchenerOh 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 here and there. Well let me help you join you seams with that invisible line using this step by step, how to guide. it’s completely free and ready for you to download.

Download PDF HERE: Kitchener stitch

 

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HK HELP: SSK [Slip Slip Knit]

What is SSK? It means Slip Slip Knit and is a method of decreasing knitting stitches. Come and get your free guideIf 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 right side of the knitting, is angled to the right. A SSK which stands for Slip Slip Knit, does exactly the same thing but it moves the stitches before you knit them together so that the top stitch angles to the left.

It’s a really easy technique that is essential for designing your own knits and especially if you want to angle or move the stitches in a particular direction. Download our free SSK guide below for a step by step guide on how to do it.

Download PDF HERE: SSK

 

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HK STITCH: YO rib and Lace Panel

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 hereI 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 a Knit stitch, K2tog and SSK stitches as well as make a YO. It can be included with lace or it can sit just as well with cable designs. It fits with cables but isn’t a cable so it doesn’t need extra tools…… and it can have a little bit of customisation to stretch out the YO’s or bring them closer together.

I love stitches that are really versatile. Because it’s small, it can fit anywhere if you want to mix it in with cables, maybe as a frame, or with a repeat of the columns, it makes a really great rib with an interesting detail.

If you want to see it in a cable environment, this stitch is used in the Yarn Over Rib Summer Jumper. If you want to check out the pictures or event to buy the pattern, you can click here

Download PDF HERE: YO rib and lace

 

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HK STITCH: Smocking Stitch

Create a smocking stitch effect with this really simple guide. Super effective and a great alternative to cablesLast 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 most favourite patterns I’ve ever made for Twisted Angle.

It’s warm, cozy and soft, just wat you need for winter, but feminine with a little puff sleeve and it really looks complex. Well I’ll let you into the secret that all of the above is true, except the complex bit. Creating a smocking stitch is really easy and it has such a great effect I just couldn’t keep it to myself.

Have a look at our step by step guide to Smocking Stitch which is completely free to download.

Download PDF HERE: Smocking Cable

 

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RECYCLE: Slash and Knit

I love the slash and knit technique. Make your jersey garments look like have a knitting stitch. Get our free how to guideSlash and Knit effect. Creating fake knitting stitches by slashing silkA 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 this technique in silk- Pic on right] back in 2005, I’ve been asked by a lot of people how to do it. Well it really isn’t difficult at all and in the last couple of years I’ve seen it all over Pinterest and on other people’s blogs.

It’s a fantastic effect to add to some old T-shirts or vests and such an easy way to recycle your old garments. It’s a high impact and low stress way to update any type of fabric. It can be grungy or delicate and used in such a versatile way.

If you’re stuck for some ideas, check out our free Slash and Knit Vest post. It creates a delicate effect through jersey. Click here to have a look and download the vest pattern for free. Click Here

Download PDF HERE: slash and knit

 

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HK STITCH: Mossy Cable

We love cables! Come and find a range of cable designs and download the guides for theses cable stitches for freeI 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 honestly, they are one of the simplest way to add some detail and interest to our knits.

Cables are full of texture, but we can forget the background that the cable sits on too. It can stand on purl stitches or even a set of ladders like our jumper opposite. cables stand out, they can be small and repetitive, huge and what about changing the stitches so they are one unique moving cable? Who says they have to be standard and just repeat….

Well here is another addition to our expanding cable library that can be as big and imposing as your yarn.

Download PDF HERE: mossy cave cable

 

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MK STITCH: Mesh Stitch for Machine Knitting

Come and get our guide to creating a mesh effect on your knitting machine. Download the Mesh Stich guide for freeMesh comes around every so often, especially for summer clothes. It can be part of that light summery texture that everyone loves to incorporate, either as an all over texture for a light cover up or as a little section for a full garment. You could even use a couple of rows as a simple and light trim for any design, or what about knitting this with a stronger monofilament yarn to create your own mesh shopping bag?

It can be delicate and airy with a lightweight yarn or it can be more dense with heavier yarns. Despite the open nature of this stitch, it is still a strong and stable stitch to use.

If you’re not sure how to create a mesh effect on your knitting machine, then we have the guide here for you to add to your own designs or just to help you learn more stitches.

Download PDF HERE: Mesh stitch MK

 

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HK STITCH: Ladder Stitch

Here's a great guide on how to create the perfect ladder stitch with hand knittingThe 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 such a great little addition to any garment. Use them to frame other stitches, as an all over stitch, instead of a rib, instead of a shoulder strap…….. the list goes on.

Some people may refer to it as a faggoting stitch or YO column stitch, but whatever you want to call it, it’s such a simple way to add a little detail.

Download PDF HERE: ladders HK

 

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HK STITCH: Fringe Stitch

Have you ever wondered how to create a fringe stitch in knitting? Well here it is. Come and download it for freeIn 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 to any project you have coming up.

The length of the fringe (or fur) is completely customisable and this guide goes through the fringe stitch step by step. Simply download the file below.

If you are interested in the full coat pattern, you can find it in the shop here

 

Download PDF HERE: fringe stitch

 

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HK STITCH: Criss Cross Cable

Criss-CrossThis cable and pattern was one of the TA favourites when it came out a couple of seasons ago. The key to it’s success was both the shape, but more importantly the cable.

To be fair, it is pretty good isn’t it. I love the way that the cable moves and crosses over in a couple of places. I love this cable so much that I wanted to share it with you, completely for free.

Here is the download to add this cable to your own knits and designs. It’s a hand knit pattern, but there is no reason you couldn’t do this on a machine too.

Enjoy!

Download PDF HERE: double criss cross cable

 

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HK STITCH: The Braid Cable

Braid-CableI love cables. There are so many to choose from and so many designs and sizes.

What about a nice little braid that can frame all of your main stitches? Here is a really nice cable braid that is super easy to knit but looks complex with a maximum impact. This looks amazing as an all over effect or a single column of stitches.

This is our free How To guide on how to form this stitch.

Download PDF HERE: small braid cable

 

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HK STITCH: 5 Stitch Bobble

5-bobbleWith bobbles, sometimes it’s difficult to get them right, especially when you want larger scale bobbles. So here is our free guide to creating a 5 stitch bobble for your own work or encorporationg them into a design.

These look amazing with cables, lace and all types of colour.

Download PDF HERE: 5st Bobble

 

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CHART: Animal Prints

Giraffe-Repeat2Do you like Animal Prints? Well a while ago we started a little trend based E-Book series that aimed to get fashionable prints into knitting as well as promoting individual designers and small craft companies.

Here for free is one of our animal repeat prints from the 70 page book. A repeat pattern for a really great graduating giraffe pattern. That looks so abstract it could be any type of animal print just by changing the colours to black and white or any combination you like. Have fun with it, change the colour and put some wild into your home, clothes or accessories.

If you like your download you can find the full book in our shop here

Download PDF HERE: Giraffe

 

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