Wisdom Wednesdays

This post is all about some basic knitting supplies.

1. Graph Paper

Much like algebra and long division, knitting involves many calculations.  The neat squares make it much easier to jot down stitch and row counts, and other various notes.  It also provides a great template for creating your own knitting patterns and fair isles designs (tutorial coming soon)!

2. Stitch Markers

I will demonstrate how to use these in a future tutorial, but these rings can be placed anywhere in your knitting, between stitches.  They are used to divide the knitting for reference purposes.  I also use them to help count stitches for very wide pieces of knitting.  There are actually many uses for these markers, so I might just dedicate an entire post to them sometime!

3. and 4. Cable Needles

Although shaped differently, these cable needles are used in same way.  There are variations on cable needles depending on the yarn size, but it is not as specific as knitting needles.  Cable tutorial to come as well.

5. Stitch Holder

A stitch holder is basically a shorter knitting needle that has an extended spring on one side.  It works much like a safety pin to hold sections of stitches when you are not working on them.  Oftentimes, I use stitch holders for old projects that I am putting on hold.  They are useful for neckline shaping and asymmetrical knitting (one day I hope to show you those techniques as well).

6. (Tapestry) Needle

Different from the knitting needle, this tapestry needle is used for sewing together projects at the seams.  It can also be used for binding off and finishing techniques.  A true tapestry needle is thicker than a sewing needle, and is curved at the point (the one pictured is not of this variation).

7. Circular Knitting Needles

This type of knitting needle has both needles connected.  Circular knitting needles are used for circular, or seamless, knitting.  For example, you would use the needle often for knitting socks, cowls, turtlenecks, etc…  I use them sometimes also for wider pieces of knitting.

8. Knitting Needles

These straight knitting needles come in different sizes, depending on the yarn size.  They do not knit seamlessly.

9. Ball of yarn

There are so many types of yarns out there that have different textures and variations.  I need to do a feature on different yarns out there sometime!

I know this was such a lengthy post, but I hope it provides some basic knowledge of what tools are out there and how they can be of use.

Questions, comments, requests are all welcomed!

Studio Sundays

A glimpse of what the latest project – simple cotton ombre tank tops.  I had featured a few design inspirations last week.  Be sure to stay tuned for the finished product!

Studio Sundays

A new weekly series showcasing updates and sneak peeks of the Ita Vero studio.

I’ve been developing some ideas for simple knit cotton tanks as the weather heats up.  These are some initial inspirations; loving classic silhouettes and open-knits.

levintovish via Etsy

Svpply

Vince

Wisdom Wednesdays

Now that you know how to cast-on, it’s time to learn how to knit the purl stitch.

Also known as reverse jersey, this is the stitch that looks like the back side of the plain knit stitch (tutorial coming soon).

1. Cast on number of desired stitches

2. Move the working yarn to the front of the work.  For purling, the yarn is always held in the front.

3. Slip the right needle into the first stitch on the left needle, moving from right to left.

4. Take the working yarn and loop it over the right needle in a counter-clockwise motion.

5.  Slip that newly made loop through the first stitch and slip off the left needle.

6. Repeat.

Resort 2015

As I’m starting to shift my own wardrobe to reflect the rising temperatures of the summer seasons, I’m looking at the new Resort ’15 shows for style inspiration.  It might seem that knitwear is a rare occurrence in a season geared towards beach vacation wardrobes, but designers find creative ways to implement knits into the collections.

Here are a few of my favorite looks:

Bold Graphics at Louis Vuitton

 

Interesting belted cardigan as a dress idea for the warmer months. Love the detached placket detail at the neck!

 

More cutout details and fuzzy textures at Maison Martin Margiela

 

Textures, patterns, and colors galore at Bottega Veneta!

How do you plan to style knits for the summer?

All images via style.com

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Wisdom Wednesdays

My love affair with yarns and textiles began as a young child when I asked my mother to teach me how to knit.  Coming from a family with generations of art and crafting sensibilities, it seemed only natural that I would spend much of my idle time crocheting  winter throws or knitting socks with questionable color combinations.  I love sharing knowledge of this nostalgic craft, so this begins a series of knitting tutorials.

Before you begin to knit, you must know how to cast on.  This will create the first row of stitches from you to knit from.

CAST ON – LONG TAIL METHOD

1. Make a slip knot – have a long section of yarn reserved for the tail and make a twist in the yarn to create a circular shape.  Pull one end of the yarn through the circle slightly to create a loop.

2.  Slip knitting needles through the loop.  I usually use both knitting needles in this cast-on, but you can use just one needle.  Personally, I would recommend using two for beginners.  New knitters tend to knit with a tighter tension and using two needles will give you slightly larger stitches.

3. Drape the tail end of the yarn over your left thumb; the working end of the yarn drapes over your left index finger.  Use the remaining fingers to hold the two ends of yarn.

4. Slide the needles under the tail end of the yarn – this should create a loop that contains your thumb and the needles.

5. Use the needles to pull the working yarn through that loop.

6.  Release and tighten both yarns.

7.  Repeat until desired width/number of cast-on stitches.

FULL VIDEO TUTORIAL

Check back soon for more tutorials and feel free to ask any questions :)

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Oceanus Procellarum

While I now work as a knitwear designer with my own line, I was an art/design student not too long ago.

It was after completing my senior thesis collection that I realized I truly wanted to work in knits.  The collection was a nine-month long ordeal that involved endless hours of handiwork and lessons in patience.  I learned how to machine knit and a new world of possibilities opened up.

The collection takes inspiration from the history and culture of the traditional Aran knits and the lives and stories of the fishermen who wore them.

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Do It Again

Hi All,

 

I am back after a period of personal dramas, a new apartment, and a new job.  While big changes of been occurring in my life, I needed a break to figure out what would be the best next step for the Ita Vero blog and knitwear line.

 

Now that Ita Vero has returned with a new Etsy shop I hope to continue the blog as a source of behind the scenes inspiration and updates for the line.

 

Feel free to browse the new shop and past blog content.  New and exciting things are in store for Ita Vero and I hope you readers can be a part of this adventure :)

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Wonder what these cones of yarn will become?

Infanta Scarf

The latest addition to the Ita Vero Spring/Summer ’14 Collection is the Infanta Scarf.  The lace scarf makes use of similar stitches as the previous Mantilla Scarf, but I had wanted to create more of a fan shaped silhouette.

In the initial sketches, I had envisioned a romantic, dramatic piece, complete with cascading fringe.  The fringe was edited away since it turned out to be too heavy and not well suited for the spring/summer seasons.

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As you can tell, I have a “chicken scratch” sketch style.  I tend to do quick 10 second illustrations/notes as I prefer a more tactile, hands-on approach.

However, I love doing little rough sketches to flesh out ideas or variations of an idea I have to get to the final design.

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Endless hours of knitting and crocheting later, the final result:

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Infanta Scarf – available in the store!

Knit Picks

Yet another fashion week has come and gone.  While the temperatures refuse to acknowledge the coming of spring, we dream of cozy knits to incorporate into our closets this fall based on trends in the Fall/Winter 2014 collections.  I love how knitwear was a big focus this season.

Valentino, a brand more known for its delicate wovens and romantic eveningwear, showcased exquisite and eye-popping graphic sweaters.

Valentino F/W ’14

Others were not afraid to embrace a head-to-toe knit look, such as the stylings seen at Celine and Haider Ackermann.

Haider Ackermann F/W ’14

Celine F/W ’14

Even It-boy Alexander Wang’s eponymous and Balenciaga collections used the tactile and visual elements of knitwear as an inspiration, developing leather jackets with knit textures and pushing the dimensionality of textiles.

Here, he explains his exploration and intense focus on knitwear in his collection:

Which knitwear looks or designers caught your attention this season?