Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Runway knits you can make

Does it happen to you - you see a knit sweater on a runway show and understand that no matter how much you like it you cannot afford to buy it any time soon. Well, good news is - many of the knits made by A-list designers are not hard to make once you know basic knit and purl stitches. Of course your sweater won't be exactly same (unless you are Karl Lagerfeld or Michael Kors), but you can get a very similar looking garment with the help of a ball of yarn and two needles.

Chanel RTW FW2013
Here's a beautiful sweater / jacket combo from Chanel ready-to wear fall/winter 2013 collection. The stitch pattern is quite simple - 1x1 ribbing on the bands, 3x1 ribbing on the neckband of the sweater and brioche stitch on the body. The interest is achieved by combining all different colors of yarn.

To mimic the look and texture of it I made a swatch with 5 strands of Knitca Socks yarn in 1x1 rib and brioche stitch. The photo of the swatch is below. The texture is similar to the sweater but  appears to be a bit thicker.

Well, if you decide to make your own sweater with this stitch pattern it will be chunkier and warmer. And you have enough time to make it by fall when Chanel sweater hits the shelves :-)
Stay inspired :-)

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