I ventured to Borders this afternoon after I got done with class with every intention of picking up Knitwear Design Workshop by Shirley Paden. I've been doodling garment designs lately and figured I would like to take the plunge sometime this year, so I thought some "light" reading on knitwear design would be a step in the right direction. I'm also interested in obtaining Sweater Design in Pure English by Maggie Righetti, which I hear is also pretty amazing, but, for now, that is beside the point.
I became distracted along the way.
I knew that Teva Durham was coming out with a lace knits book, but I didn't see any of the designs until yesterday afternoon, when they appeared on Ravelry. I quickly queued some things (almost everything) and forgot about it. I mean, come on! I have enough on my plate as it is. I figured I would get the book when it came out, someday, in the distant future.
Except there is was, sitting on the top shelf at Borders. It was almost out of reach (curse you, short height, curse you!), but as I pulled it off the shelf, I knew I should have just let it be. But I didn't, it is amazing, and I want to make everything from it. I can't even stand how beautiful some of these designs are. (All images are from Ravelry).
The book is split into five chapters: Mesh, Eyelets, Samplers, Leaves and Doilies. Each chapter begins with a preface about the designs and introduces some basic techniques needed to be successful when knitting them. Chapter one, "Mesh," introduces knitters into some of the more basic lace techniques, including "faggoting." Though the term may sound a bit, uh, off, it is an actual term that stems from classic lace designs. Trellis is the other popular lace stitch covered in "Mesh."
|Butterfly Lace Tunic Dress from "Mesh"|
Chapter Two covers one of my favorite design elements: eyelets. I used eyelets in both my Kiss, Kiss Mitt and Pucker Up hat designs and I'm incorporating them into a few other designs I'm working on. Teva explains how eyelets can be functional and fun, and they can also create added drama to a simpler piece.
|Rose Trellis Blouse from "Eyelets"|
|Milanese Shower Bolero from "Samplers"|
|Chevron and Diamond Jacket from "Samplers"|
|Shetland Shawl Dress from "Samplers"|
Chapters Four and Five focus on motifs that are most commonly used in lacework: leaves and doily patterns. You can't shake a stick on Ravelry without coming across some kind of leafy lace pattern. The leaf print is common all throughout history, from architecture to artwork, so why shouldn't it be prevalent in knitting. In chapter four, Teva shares some of her own leafy designs, including a particularly badass ottoman cover.
|Split Leaves Ottoman Cover from "Leaves"|
|Sunflower Satchel from "Doilies"|
|Thistle Bodice from "Doilies|
Summer is going to be grand.
No, but seriously, buy this book. And check out Teva's impressive knitting design catalog on her Ravelry designer page.