From Inspiration to Sample Garment (EXCLUSIVE!) (Part 1 of 2)
Saturday, November 2, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Design, Tips & Techniques
This class explores the entire process of knitwear design from beginning to end. It is ideal for new designers, as well as for those with some experience, and equally useful for knitters who design for themselves or for family and friends.
First, we’ll look at general considerations that inform any knitwear design: aesthetic elements such as line, silhouette, stitch pattern and decorative details; and practical concerns such as the relationship of the yarn to the design, the knitting skills required to execute the design, any potential difficulty in writing the pattern and the adaptability of the design to a required range of sizes. We’ll talk about working with design briefs that may have come from a magazine, yarn company or yarn store; about inspiration and sources; and about translating the idea for a design into a rough sketch or description.
From there, we’ll focus on the design workflow itself, beginning with the creation of design-specific mood boards, swatching for inspiration and fabric, and developing a spec package. We’ll look at slopers, design mock-ups and stitch maps: what they are, how to create them, and how to use them efficiently and effectively in the design process. Finally, we’ll consider pattern writing and sample garment production. We’ll discuss how to keep the workflow smooth and efficient and explore a few tools, tips and tricks that help us do so.
There is no knitting in this class. It is not about customizing patterns or pairing garment silhouettes to body shapes. It is about the theoretical and practical aspects of the process of creating a design for handknitting.
Technique Requirements: Advanced finishing techniques; able to write own patterns; able to design own garments
Supplies for Class:
Students are encouraged to bring the tools they regularly use in their design process and any design submission calls or new projects they are contemplating.
Materials Fee (to Be Paid Directly to the Teacher):