I have been knitting and crocheting, and teaching, and beading, and and and. busy busy busy !!!! As I plan my summer Large Size Crochet and Knit garments. I am also planning my FAb knit and crochet wardrobe for my trip to Australia, as I represent the USA as a designer and teacher of knit and crochet, I must be able to strut my Crochet and Knit Stuff. I looked through my stash and found some great yarn choices for what I’m calling the Australia projects ! When i arrive in Australia ( Date to be announced), it will be going into the their cooler part of the Season, so I’m loving the mohair yarns I am currently knitting up. They are luscious and will make a great statement . Last week, as I was walking from Grand Central Station to 8th Ave. ( Not planned, but due to train detour), I spotted a beautiful sweater in the window of I think Banana Republic. LOVED IT and decided to be inspired by this lovely cardigan, with the wide horizantal 2X2 bands in the front. Can A Large Size person like myself carry this look. SURE CAN. Because the first requirement is choosing an appropriate COLOR, then STYLE, then display the” Stand Back Here I come “, ATTITUDE.
I think I can handle all three of the above requirements. The Plush color of the mohair works, and the style will work, as long as I’m careful about what I wear the cardigan with ( stay tuned for photos later). The attitude part has to do with walking tall, and wearing accessories that will enhance the overall look.
See pictures below for a mood board that shows the look I am going for in accessories . I am thinking about making some of those covered bangles, but to avoid a look of being weighed down with textiles, I will crochet and knit some.I think the crochet ones will lighten the look, of course I will add a little bling in the mix. But here is some pictures of the knitted one, I’ve made so far. ( see below).
I am styling and would like to dedicate this look to my friend Mary Kay. I could not find just the right shade of lavender for you Mary, so I gave you a little sun tan. Hope you like the look ! I’m working hard with so so many things to do.
( Just a little tibit of information to share with you from my Knit Classes taught at FIT, NYC ) enjoy
Sewing, the sister to knitting and crocheting, has taught those who sew a lot about how to measure the body before choosing the correct size and creating the garment. Many sewing patterns today give information for the built in ease of a pattern using knit fabrics, and they are identified as a pattern designed especially for knits. In my world of Machine knitting, hand knitting and crochet. Many, many of my students have said to me. “I got the gauge but my garment still doesn’t fit, its too too big or hug’s to much”. Consider the source I say” THE FABRIC”.
As a Plus Size Knitter/crocheter , the knit fabric you create will determine the amount of ease in the fabric, and that should ultimately determine the amount of ease you add on the tape measure, as you measure your unique figure type.
BIG HINT : A tape measure does not give you the full picture and does not represent the knit/crochet fabric. Make the amount of ease you will add based on what your fabric is doing.
And then there is the BODY ITself ????? ( sorry that is classroom information only….. cliffhanger;-]
Here is a great link of Croquis figures for measurements from Taunton, you will love.
til Next Time
Staying Focused when you work at home is a challenge , the mind wanders, the kids come in, the dog barks, and the creative process can make many turns and twists. I am making progress on my Spring Collection. But with all the things I love to do, Like: beadwork, chainmaille, viking knitting, needle felting, dollmaking, etc. etc. and etc. 24 hours is just not enough time.
But It is Saturday afterall, so I guess I’m off today right !!! OH wait, do people who work at home have at day off ?
Make Friends With A Swatch
I know what you’re going to say . I hear it all the time from my students ” I hate making swatches”. Okay, so put on the blindfold and knit or crochet, then get on your knees and pray that your garment will live up to you specifications .Sometimes it does sometimes it doesn’t. Then there is the statement ” I got the gauge in the book and my sweater still doesn’t fit”. ” I made a swatch and the gauge is correct,why doesn’t my garment fit properly ” with that statement I usually show the students during the program, why that happens at lot. Hint: A swatch is a little thing your garment pieces are larger pieces of fabric.
Okay, lets start with the first statement. ” I hate making swatches”. I always want to ask why to this statement. A swatch is a designer , crocheter and knitters best friend, in that it first allows you to see what your yarn will look like, what size needle gives you the ideal fabrication ( the most important part of creating a crochet/knit garment ). In the next post we’ll talk about why a large swatch is the best choice. Swatches go hand in hand with preparation, and swatching prepares you for possible problems in fabrication ( fabric to stretchy,too dense, etc.) . All of these things come before the gauge . The math is important, but it cannot stand alone and is practically nothing without also creating a fabric that will drape, move, and behave the way you need it too. note: those who sew garments can relate, the back of the sewing pattern says ” this garment is suitable for, then it gives you a list of fabrics suitable to how the garment must drape.
Fear Nor Hate the swatch anymore it’s your best friend, your assistant, your textbook, and the source of your Success !!
TIL next time!
Join the LARGE SIZE KNIT/CROCHET CLUB. Not really a club but a mission to create fashionable knit and crochet fashions for the full figure Woman. Where do we start and where do I start. Design concepts are all around us, inspiration is all around us. Its what you do with the material you find. The shapes, colors, textures, and yarns. Then putting it all together is last,but in no way the least. Forgetting to Style what you wear is a HUGE mistake. Find the perfect earrings, shoes, wrap, etc. Turn those heads when you walk into the room,( arrive fashionably late, of course). I’m working my brain, doing my research and homework, knitting and crocheting my swatches, and I hope the CLUB will like my Spring collection. Let me share with you my favorite design inspiration, Trend information center, and all around fun site. That would be Polyvore. OH OH OH !!!!!!! you will love it . Have fun.
I thought I would include a group of fun Spring scarfs in my Spring collection. So I dug up some old patterns, and found this circle pattern I created for knitting. I love Circles, and I look for circle inspiration everywhere. I think this pattern will be ideal for my Spring scarf collection. This is an Original Pattern, but If you would like to use the idea for your own inspiration , please help yourself, this brain has more to go around. Just mention my name when you show it ( Arnetta Kenney). Oh and I would love to see what you have done with it.