Friday 06/01/2018, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The Elements of Design (Full Payment - Local Attendee) with Lily Chin
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!
_Graph paper, maybe 4 or 5 squares to the inch (tape two sheets side-by-side and another two sheets up-and-down over this). OPTIONAL: Gauged or proportioned knitter's grid.
_Pencils in several colors and eraser.
_Tape measure, straight ruler.
_Any yarn you want to design with (with appropriate needles plus needles one size smaller and one size larger). Play around with stitch patterns beforehand to get a swatch and a gauge to work with.
_Any any actual garment (not necessarily knit) that already fits you well.
_ Any issue of Vogue Knitting before Spring 1991 but after '84.
These assignments are a bit extensive but this course is an intensive one. These are just exercises, don't torture yourselves and try to make each one "perfect" (gauges don't have to match perfectly, patterns don't have to be neatly centered). If you really cannot get to all of these, at least create the sloper, that's most important.
Swatch 1 With any worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles or appropriate size to obtain medium tension, cast on 40 stitches. 1) Work first 20 sts in stockinette and last 20 sts in k1, p1 rib for 2" or so. 2) Work first 20 sts in garter st and last 20 sts in stockinette for 2" or so.
3) Work first 20 sts in stockinette and last 20 sts in any simple cross cable or rope cable
pattern for 2" or so.
4) Work first 20 sts in any eyelet/lace pattern and last 20 sts in stockinette for 2" or so.
5) Work first 20 sts in stockinette and last 20 sts in any 2-color-pattern for 2" or so. Bind
off. Swatch 2 With any fingering weight yarn and size 2 needles (or size to get about 7 to 8 sts to the inch), cast on 30 sts and work in stockinette for about 4". Bind off.
Swatch 3 With any sport weight yarn and size 5 needles (or size to get about 5 to 6 sts to the inch), cast on 25 sts and work in stockinette for about 4". Bind off.
Swatch 4 With any chunky or bulky weight yarn and size 10 needles (or size to get about 3 to 4 sts to the inch), cast on 15 sts and work in stockinette for about 4". Bind off.
Swatch 5 With any worsted weight yarn, cast on 20 stitches and work in stockinette for about 2" with size 5 needles, 2" with size 8 needles, then 2" with size 101/2 needles. Bind off.
Create a Sloper: Download and follow the directions to create your own sloper.