Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Knitwits

Knit masks

I've been knitting and crocheting for about ten years now, and have worked as a professional knitwear designer, but I've still never picked up a knitting pattern. Part of it is that I'm too lazy to properly learn and all of the various abbreviations and how to read them. I have found that I prefer reverse engineering garments I see, or improvising as I go along, even if it often requires plenty of experimentation, and means tearing out my stitches and redoing them multiple times. The main reason though is that I have yet to find a pattern that is actually worth following. Most knitting books and kits are devoted to dopey/frumpy grandmother-style knits, or simple basics. If I wanted a no-fuss cardigan, I would save myself the time and buy it at Uniqlo. If I'm making something myself, I'm going to make it personal, and by personal, I mean crazy-looking.

That's why I'm totally in love with the work of Collectif France Tricot, a French knitting group comprised of Emmanuelle Barrère, Solène Couturier, and Céline Lacome-Hulin. Together they create all sorts of knit accessories, dolls, objects, and works of art that are infused with a sense of humor, and represent the endless creative possibilities of the medium. Their projects range from knit prize medals and masks, to clothing for public statues. They've just released a book, and even though it doesn't appear to contain any patterns, it contains plenty of inspiration to keep me improvising. Now I must get back to my latest Rodarte inspired knit project, an intarsia knit cardigan that I'm in the midst of figuring out how to make. I'll keep you posted.

Knit wolf hood and prize medallion

Clothing made for public statues

A knit skateboard and various pieces of knit street art

Knit encased laptop

Doggy legwarmers

-Tiffany

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12 comments:

Isabel said...

YES! I'm hugely into knitting too, though I don't have time to do it when I'm at school. This just really made me want to knit a laptop cover. THanks for the inspiration!

kendal croix said...

i want that knitted laptop cover! so cool.

Daisy said...

Oh these are so fab, and yet a little spooky too! The laptop cover is fun!!

Kerri said...

Wow. That is so creative! I love the faces on the street poles. And I want that laptop cover!

little mermaid said...

I love those masks!

I'll have to ask my grandma to teach me...

TobyOliverDean said...

Oh this is SO COOL! I just finished knitting a mask for a video project, this is so totally what Im into. I just put a few pictures up on my blog of it, have a peek. yours are way cooler though i must say...

Ivania said...

MY LAPTOP NEEDS ONE!

WendyB said...

I've seen that same expression on my dog when I drape a purse over his head!

shannon said...

Some knitwear designers are attempting to make more fashion-forward inroads to knitting instruction and commercial knitting patterns. Even though publications and yarn manufacturers show a lot of interest, large sectors of the knitting public are both threatened and offended by the suggestion that handknitting should be design conscious.

A new informal NYC knitting group is starting in January. We will meet at Project No. 8b on a weeknight.

The Six Six Sick Girls said...

Shannon-
Please keep us all posted on the Project No. 8b knitting circle, I would love to partake, and I'm sure there are many others out there who would be interested too!

xx
Tiffany

shannon said...

Hi Tiffany,

Will do! I just confirmed with the Project No. 8 family a week or so ago. I'm still really pleased that they were interested in hosting. More info to come, but probably not until after Christmas.

I'm also doing heavy-duty DIY Rodarte.

MissMI6 said...

AHHHHHHHHH SO CUTE! hahaha And I want that apple fluffy thing on my computer :P x