Make Knit Work: Episodes 5 and 6

What's up, family? Are you runway ready? By ready, I mean, have you created a runway in your imagination? Good. Here are the two latest Make Knit Work installments! I posted Episode 5 on social media but totally forgot to put it up here. Oops! Or, as my newly minted 2-year-old says, "Ooooooooot." 

Episode 5 was a challenge about tone and feel, with the inspirations being "Good vs. Evil." Since your clothes speak before you do, it's important for the designers to grasp how their looks communicated these basic concepts. Brandon Kee's "good" look had a sweetness to it, but also steered away from tropes of innocence. She was still dressed like an adult, but straight-forward and well-intentioned. Brandon seems to be exceptionally sweet, himself, so I think it was a good fit (no pun intended).  

For my first sketch, I wanted to take the wrist bows in larger direction with the color blocking resembling an upside down bow across the shoulders of the sweater. For the tunic sketch, I took the straight, horizontal cut at the upper chest to inform the square neckline; and I gave it a high-low hem to resemble the "mullet dress" feature of Brandon's design. For the mitered square shell, I wanted to bring his pink striping into the piece. It's intended to be more of a pink than a red, as pictured, but I was unable to get a good approximation with the small colored pencil set I was using. All of the mitered squares are monochromatic, except for one panel in the front that incorporates the other subtle colors in his stripe pattern. 

Episode 6 was a lot of fun! It was the models' chance to be the clients and to influence the design they were wearing on the runway. Designer Kentaro took a modern (homeless, apparently?) samurai inspiration to create some really beautiful pieces for his model, Meisha. I love the oversized quality of the top with the tucked hem in the back. And the shorts (skort? culotte?) were suuuuuuuper cool and I want them now! I mean, it was a pair of loose-fitting shorts, with some skirt-like panels in the front, but open with a tie at the waist...AND a belt (double belt...what does it mean??). And somehow looked super cool. I was a big fan!

So, to Make Knit Work this week, I focused on the skirt-like panels, tucked back fabric, belts, and general Japanese-inspired style. For the first sketch, I used the tucked idea on the cuffs and added eyelets around the upper chest to thread a ribbon "belt".  The tuck would be constructed as a kind of box pleat in reverse..kinda. I'd have to work it out. The sweater itself is also a cropped style, like in Kentaro's top. My second design is a beanie with an over-layer like the skirt effect, "belted" around the crown to pull it all in. For my third sketch, I took a Japanese kimono style sweater, added cabling around all the edges, and some dropped-stitch "stripes" down the body. I've never worked a dropped stitch design before but it always looks interesting!

I hope you've enjoyed this exercise and would like to participate with me! If you're interested in sharing your design ideas, use the hashtag #MakeKnitWork on Instagram and Facebook. After all, one day you're in, the next day....you're still in because art is fun and I'm not here to judge you. :) Tata!

Free Halloween Knit Pattern: Elphaba beanie

Halloween is just around the corner! Even sooner, really, if you're DIY-ing it. This would be a good opportunity to start your Scarfigan if you're going with a Harry Potter or Doctor Who theme, but my sister provided another costume opportunity that I just had to share with you. 

Elphaba wearing her signature beanie. Photo from Wicked the Musical's Instagram account,

During their recent trip to NYC, my sister took her girls to see Wicked on Broadway. SUCH a great show! My niece, Noelle, decided that she wanted to be Elphaba for Halloween this year and needed a beanie for her costume. It appears that Elphaba's actual beanie is a simple, openwork crochet pattern with almost no brim/edging at the bottom and lord knows I cannot crochet for the life of me. This design, called "Elphabulous" is for us knitters who want the same effect! And it's FREE! Happy Halloween! 

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Elphabulous

Size: One size. This hat was made for a 10-year-old but also worked fine for myself and my 4-year-old.

Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Planetarium, 75% pima cotton, 25% acrylic, double stranded, 1 skein divided into two halves OR  2 skeins to draw from simultaneously

Needles: US 10, 16" circular and dpns

Notions and tools: stitch marker, yarn needle

Finished dimensions: 9" across and 5" tall, laying flat

Pattern:

CO 48 sts, working with two strands as if they were one. Join in the round and place beg of round marker.

Round 1: knit

Round 2: *yo, p2tog, rep from * across round (I just p2tog with yarn in back to make the yarn over)

Repeat rounds 1 & 2 until hat is 3” long, ending on round 2.

Continue alternating rounds 1 & 2 throughout formation of the crown. Work your decreases on every knit round :

Dec round: *k6, k2tog, rep from * to end of round

Dec round: *k5, k2tog, rep from * to end of round

Dec round: *k4, k2tog, rep from * to end of round

Dec round: *k3, k2tog, rep from * to end of round

Dec round: *k2, k2tog, rep from * to end of round

Dec round: *k1,, k2tog, rep from * to end of round

Dec round: *k2tog, rep from * to end of round

Break yarn, thread through live stitches and cinch closed. Sew in and secure ends. No need to block!

 

Make Knit Work! My Project Runway, Episode 3, Knitspiration

Welcome back! Here we are with a third installment of Make Knit Work (#makeknitwork), based off Project Runway Episode 3's challenge winner, Brandon! I confess, this may be my "I'm sorry, you're out" week. And on just the third episode! How embarrassing. LOL I had a tough time finding inspiration today, BUT - I am keeping to my format and bringing the ideas!

So, without further ado, here are my sketches for Episode 3. Design #1 is a cropped raglan sweater with a peekaboo cutout between the two upper black bands. It has a second waistband, attached to the first via loops or hoops of some sort, like the white loops in Brandon's coat. Design #2 is essentially the bottom of a tunic. It is made of two separate lace panels connected at the top via a waistband, with a connecting strap around the lower hip. There is an additional "over skirt" wrapped asymmetrically around the upper hip which contains a pocket for a few valuables. So, yes, I added a fanny pack. One day, we'll all wear one. Just you watch! Design #3 is probably the most interesting, but simple. It is a sleeveless top with a turtleneck and tiered shaping, one layer hanging over the one underneath, with the lowest layer increasing out to meet the width of the hip. I suppose it could also just go straight down and be open on the sides. That could be cool. Using variegated yarns would look interesting here, too. 

Enjoy! And please share your own designs on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #MakeKnitWork!