Interested in designing knit or crochet garments for yourself? Let’s go beyond the basics and explore the essentials and fine points of design.
The design process can start anywhere, and I find INSPIRATION everywhere—in art and fashion, theory and concept, stitch and yarn.
Fashion is about reality. We’ll begin with a review of 20th century fashion and see how it reflects the times.
Fashion is about illusion! It can be a strong tool for self-expression. Learn to hide or reveal yourself through that illusion. Consider the SILHOUETTE as you plan a garment. View the PROPORTIONS and how they influence your SHAPE—should you alter them? Flatter your figure with EASE and FIT. It all works together.
Step-by-step instructions help you construct a mini-SLOPER— a paper representation of your body. By overlaying drawings on the sloper, you can experiment with COLOR and COMPOSITION and see what does or doesn’t work, well before putting needles or hooks to yarn.
Get a feel for how YARN and STITCHES work together to create fabric. For optimum results, match the fabric to the garment.
Lastly, translate your ideas into stitches and rows, a construction plan, and a workable chart for sweater shaping. Learn the “cheats” that can ensure proper fit.
Ultimately, all elements will come together in a flattering garment for YOU!