Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Love Net-a-Porter's Knitwear for Fall!

Fall's almost here.... are you ready? Sticks and stash ready?
To prepare, we've been watching the newest trends of the season to heighten our excitement. Here are some new knitwear pieces that we love for this season, available at Net-a-Porter.com.  We hope they inspire you to pick up those needles and start a new project!
Vote on your top two favorites in the comment section, and join our new Ravelry Group, "Knittingbag's Design Knit Along"!
Alice + Olivia beaded crochet shrug
Alexander Wang's cropped asymmetric style

Missoni's Lucilla Lurex knit wrap top
Alexander Wang's open knit sweater

Miu Miu Gray Wool Top with Ruffled Trim
Moschino Cheap and Chic Bow Sweater

Missoni Balleto Mohair blend Chunky Knit Cardi Coat

 Alice + Olivia Celia Draped Linen and Silk Vest

Friday, July 23, 2010

Rowan's Autumn Winter 2010 Magazine No. 48

Rowan's Autumn Winter 2010 magazine is now available at your LYS or order online at knitrowan.com.  Full of over 46 patterns, beautifully photographed, wonderful ideas, inspired by romantic folk art, Russian dolls, and Nomad textiles. Join Rowan International and you'll be mailed two magazines (Nos. 48 & 49), a free gift, exclusive access to discussion forums, and a free pattern every month!

I love exaggerated cables and cross stitch. Check these two:  Wayfarer Wrap and Ranger Pullover.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Knitting up a garden of flowers

Looking for a quick way to add something different to a plain sweater or piece of jewelry? In Nicky Epstein's new book, Knitted Flowers, she includes patterns for dozens of flowers to add to virtually any piece of clothing, accessory, or even as a decorative element in your home. We suggest pinning these flowers to the neckline of a t-shirt or tank top in the summer, so you can keep cool while you keep knitting!

Want to try something even more edgy for this season? Go to your local craft store and buy French ear wires and yarn, then use Nicky's pattern to create two small flowers. Slide each flower onto an ear wire until they are securely in place to create your own pair of original earrings!

Don't forget to order Nicky's book so you can learn how to create all of these wonderful designs yourself.  We know you'll agree that this item is a must-have for this season.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Knittingbag's fashion color & style trends for Summer 2010

Read Knittingbag’s recommended yarns, books and blogs at the end of this report.

No. 1 Color for 2010: Turquoise

Inspired by oceans and tropical islands 
Flattering to everyone, men and women
Pairs well with any color in the rainbow (try warm Amparo blue)
Electrifies basic neutrals
Elegant and versatile
More Summer 2010 Colors: 
Chic and cheerful, slightly softened
Green: grass and dried herbs
Blue: brighter than navy, energetic Amparo blue
Tomato puree
Yellow sunrise, slightly shimmery
Pale, dusty pink
Fusion coral, peach
Tuscany, warm beige

Soft, supple, light and airy, layer with muslins, voiles, gauze

Cotton and cotton blends with silk, rayon, bamboo
Linen and linen blends with silk, bamboo; soft and drapey like pieces from Eileen Fisher and Theory

Style and shapes
Jackie O, fitted high-waisted, slim-bust tops, embellished 
Longer length tops and mid-knee pencil skirts
Capri pants
Blouson shapes and drawstring waists

Gathered empire flowy tops, short in front and long in back
Toga inspired layered cover ups (think tunics for Fall!)
Uneven hems on loose-fitting cropped tops
Patterns: stripes, Fair Isle or graphic
Details: ruching, knots and braids, fullness with belting and pleats

Photos courtesy of www.style.com from Spring 2010 fashion designer collections

Knittingbag recommends yarns:

Araucania’s Nature Cotton distributed through Knitting Fever:
    100% hand-dyed cotton
    106 yards.
    US 8-10 needle, Gauge 3.5 sts
    Check out Knittingbag’s Cotton Cable Stole with Olivewood Buttons 
We are designing a summer sleeveless cardi/scarf in Celery #6 (available soon).
Aslan Trends Santa Fe
Hand painted finger sock and baby yarn – 85% merino, 15% polyamide. 
Knittingbag has knit the “Baby Surprise Jacket” by Elizabeth Zimmerman using 2 skeins.  This yarn is very “Koigu-like”, but not as expensive:
    180 yds, pretty and unique colorways!
    US 3 needle, gauge 6.5-7 sts
Santa Fe can be special ordered from Knittingbag.com at $8.95 per skein. Email us at info@knittingbag.com. The Baby Surprise Jacket can be purchased at Schoolhouse Press.  It includes
12 patterns!  Also visit this web site for lots of information about this #1 baby sweater of all time.

Blue Heron Yarns Rayon Metallic Yarn
We love this yarn for its low key shimmer and wonderful drape. The color choice is broad and beautiful.We have remade the Fleece Artist Wavy Stole in denim blue rayon metallic and will be available soon at Knittingbag.com
Pattern available at Patternfish.com
     550 yds
    US 5-6, gauge 5.75 sts
Rayon Metallic can be special ordered from Knittingbag.com at $44 per skein. Email us at info@knittingbag.com.

Jade Sapphire's Maju 100% Silk
    100% silk worsted – 85 yds
    US 8-10 needle, gauge 4 sts
    Available in over 50 colorways
We will be adding this kit to Knittingbag.com shortly!

Louet North America
Louet has it all for summer!  Try their Euroflax yarn (make a swatch, but wash in shampoo and dry to feel its softness).  Knittingbag’s favorite is MerLin, a blend of 70% merino and 30% linen.  Wonderful all-season fabric.  Knittingbag is designing a stole with arms and will be uploaded shortly to the Knittingbag.com website. All Louet yarns a
nd patterns can be special ordered from Knittingbag.com. Email us  for stock and prices at info@knittingbag.com.
All Tahki Stacy Charles yarns and patterns can be special ordered from Knittingbag.com. Email us for stock and prices at info@knittingbag.com

SKIF Designs
Knittingbag recommends viewing the SKIF designs. We are talking to Skif in St. Louis to see if we can carry their patterns and yarns. Stay tuned for more information.
Skif reminds us of Habu designs – unstructured, loose assymetrical and easy designs! Knittingbag (me) loves their casual unfinished look. I own two of their ready-made designs and wear them layered all summer over sleeveless tees (to cover up chubby arms! Who, me?) and take them on trips to warm climes.
Their designs derive from Indian cultures, “the upstream people”… to be gentle. Skif uses natural fiber blends including linen, cotton, bamboo and merino. Sizes change by using different yarn combos and tension. Body length can be altered.
Skif’s ready-made designs are carried in 30 stores nationwide.

Knittingbag recommends books

Knitwear Design Workshop

By Shirley Paden-Bernstein

From the initial spark of inspiration to the sewing of the last seam, this advanced manual to knitwear design provides knitters with the foundation to take their projects to the next level. The five exceptional projects demonstrate the level of uniqueness and beauty that can be achieved with these expert techniques and how to achieve the elusive “perfect fit” that defines a successful end product. Knitters will gain a clearer understanding of commercial pattern instructions, improve their attention to detail with a meaningful test swatch, and acquire a stronger knowledge of proper body and garment measurements. 

Pure Knits: Sophisticated Designs in Shade of White (Paperback)
By Yahair Ferreira

Whether creamy and warm or wintry cool, white evokes a sense of classic purity. Celebrate its astonishing variety with a collection of 25 stunning all-white projects for intermediate to advanced knitters, all made from the most luxurious yarns ever. From sensuous sweaters for women to adorable baby and children’s outfits to rugged masculine attire, these garments take white to new levels of excitement and opulence. (amazon.com editorial review)

1,000 Fabulous Knit Hats
By Annie Modesitt

This fun collection of knit hats, curated and presented by well-known knitter and author Annie Modesitt, is sure to delight and inspire. The book includes both original designs and well-knit examples of hats of all styles; for men, women, and children alike. The top 10 original designs submissions received prizes, and those 10 award-winning hat patterns are included in the book.

The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting
By Margaret Hubert

This volume is a comprehensive how-to book about all aspects of knitting. This book is a reference for all knitting techniques, beginning with the basics of how to knit. A large section of the book is devoted to showing different stitch patterns, arranged in style categories for easy reference. Special knitting topics will be explored in depth: cables, intarsia, entrelac, Fair Isle knitting, and lace knitting. A section will discuss yarns: fibers, how they are spun, gauge, and how to choose.

Modern Baby and Children’s Knitting Patterns

In this book you will find something for all levels of knitters frombeginners to the more experienced looking for a challenging project. It contains designs ranging in size from a newborn baby through to toddlers and young children. Featuring patterns for dresses, jumpers, cardigans, outwear, accessories, and blankets.

Knittingbag recommends blogs
Cool Hunting: http://www.coolhunting.com/style/
Erika Knight: http://knightkraft.blogspot.com/
Knit Rowan: http://www.knitrowan.com/
Amy Butler Design: http://amybutlerdesign.com/
Debbie Abraham: http://www.debbieabraham.com/
Sandra Backlund: http://www.sandrabacklund.com/
WARMI: Handmade knits: http://www.parisbao.com/fashion/warmi-handmade-knits-from-the-homeland/
Jane Marvel (Great bags!!): http://janemarvel.com/
Kate Schelter: http://www.kateschelter.com/blog/
Ed Bing Lee: http://www.edbinglee.com/index.php?/root/delectables/

Hope you have a wonderful summer with lots of sun, sand and surf -- and knitting!
See you in the Fall with a new 2010/11 Winter Trend Report to inspire you.

Marcia Cleary

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Classic Elite & Unicorn Books Patterns

Knittingbag recommends downloading free patterns

Wenlan Chia has done it again! Okay, this is for winter, but think about knitting this in a chunky cotton like Araucania’s Nature Cotton. This quick-to-knit piece is great for layering and will soon become a regular in your wardrobe rotation. Knit on large needles (size 17 and 19). Download pattern here.

Unicorn Books and Crafts -  Panel Jacket by Carol Lapin
This model is knit in merino, but this jacket would be great knit in a worsted silk, linen or cotton/bamboo combination. Choose a worsted blend that’s has sheen and drape.  Download pattern here.

Unicorn Books and Crafts – Woven Stitch Stole by Mari Lynn Patrick
This model is also knit in merino, but would also be great knit in a worsted silk, linen or cotton/bamboo combination. Choose a worsted blend that’s has sheen and drape. Learn how to do the Swedish Weave Technique. Download pattern here.

Be sure to sign up for the Classic Elite “Web-Letter”. Check out this wonderful skirt!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Pitti Filati 67

The Pitti Filati fashion show occurs two times each year, featuring the newest trends in knitting. This year the show was based in Florence, Italy, giving viewers a preview for the styles to come in fall-winter 2011-12. Buyers from all over the world came together for this event to get a first look at the newest designs in knitwear. The theme this year was simple: MOVE! This concept aimed to get people, things, and ideas moving in order to inspire new and different ideas. The show opened with an unbelievable display of hundreds of different knit designs, all featured atop cut-outs of different countries in the world.

Ciara Walsh, designer for Marc
Jacobs, says about the show, "...the yarn industry is becoming increasingly flexible in terms of the customization of colors, the number of services offered and the quantities of the orders. I am always very happy to come to Florence...there are lots of new things to discover and Italian yarns express the greatest amount of creativity and innovation."

Photos courtesy of pittimmagine.com