Fashion Illustration I

Fashion Illustration I

Just finished up the Fashion Illustration I class at Portland Sewing.  Its been decades since I did any figure drawing, but the proportions for figure drawing did  need to be overcome to fit into the fashion mind-set. (It’s mostly in the legs!)  Here are the three drawings I did for the final of the class.

The white lines are corrections from the teacher.  (I forgot to put the bust line in, etc). Great class. Just the right amount of instruction and informal-ness. I’ll be taking the second class in July. We finally will get to work with color!  I’m hoping that this education will prove useful when submitting knit design ideas to the magazines (my previous drawings always looked a bit dumpy, now I know why–notice I’m not posting them).

Discover Color Knits

Wow. Fun to create the video and got to collaborate with my son, Sam.

Introducing our new class that will start next month.  Registration will be opening SOON!

How to calculate starting stitch for color chart work

For Scandinavian styles garments, you are often left with figuring out where to start your row, as the number of stitches in the chart do not match the number of stitches in your row. 

Also, these patterns are often centered on a single stitch. This is usually marked on the pattern as the center stitch.

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Joining double stranded yarn

When you need to attach a new ball of two-stranded yarn, stagger the joins. About 4 or 5 stitches before you need to actually join the new yarn, let one strand of your working yarn fall and pick up one strand of the new yarn. Work the 4 or 5 stitches thus (with one strand old, one strand new). Then drop the second old strand and pick up the second new strand. Knit a few stitches, then tug on the ends to tighten. This ensures that the joining of the yarn does not create a single point where a hole in your fabric can form.

Joining pieces while knitting

You can join your current knitting to previous knitting by working a stitch from the current piece together with a stitch from the edge of the previous piece. This requires that the previous piece either has stitches that were left on holders, or you have picked up stitches along the edge and placed them on a needle. Joining at a right side edge.

  • At the end of every wrong side row, purl 2 together (the final stitch from the current piece and the next stitch from the previous piece).
  • On the beginning of every other right side row, slip the stitch from the right hand needle back to the left hand needle and knit 2 together (the next stitch from the previous piece and the first stitch from the current piece).

Joining at the left edge.

  • At the beginning of every wrong side row, slip the stitch from the right hand needle to the left hand needle and purl 2 together (the next stitch from the previous piece and the next stitch from the current piece).
  • On the end of every other right side row, knit 2 together (the last stitch from the chart and the next stitch from square 2).