Thursday, 16 December 2010

Knitwear Specialism

This year I chose to specialise in Knitwear because I struggled with pattern cutting and sewing in my first year and also thought it would be good to do something different to everyone else. There are only 4 of us in the class so we get one to one help from the tutors which is great.

For the coursework, we created our own portfolio of samples showing different techniques using the domestic machines and then eventually using the techniques we learnt, created our own garment. The first few samples were just experimenting with different tensions and reducing or increasing to create shaping.

Textured stripe effect using different tensions...


Creating patterns with eyelets...


Pointelle/lace effect...


Cable patterns...


This is the first jumper I made incorporating all the basic techniques such as neck shaping, adding a trim, creating sleeves, a hem and cuffs. We made this using a very basic yarn because we were focusing on the construction rather than the design.





 Fair isle patterns






Next, we had to come up with 6 of our own jumper designs that we would then make as our second garment. This time we could choose the shape of the body, neckline and sleeves as well as colour and pattern. Here are samples for my designs...









My final garment.... a slouchy, over-sized jumper with dropped shoulders, a deep round neck, chunky hem and a Christmassy snowflake fairisle and striped pattern :)




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