Basics Fashion Design 06: Knitwear by Juliana Sissons

By Juliana Sissons

Basics type layout 06: Knitwear is a pragmatic advent to using knitwear in style layout, richly illustrated with examples and easy-to-follow diagrams. It describes the various different types of yarn and fibre, their features and their behaviour, from the normal to the modern. It explains the appropriate equipment and instruments, and the categories of labor that may be produced on each one.

Basic innovations on family machines are mentioned, resulting in a piece on the way to create a knitting development. info and trims also are tested, outlining embellishment, buttonholes and fastenings.

The publication additionally discusses the knitwear and gives necessary details at the numerous occupation pathways. Interviews with overseas designers, each one at a special point in the undefined, offer extra perception into the enterprise as a whole.

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Some designers arrange their inspiration and research ideas on a wall, assembling visual pathways through interesting connections and the juxtaposition of images, fabric samples and sketches. Other designers develop research books and sketchbooks that reflect the thought process behind the project from start to finish. However a designer chooses to work, the ingredients remain the same: all research should include silhouettes, colours, textures, patterns, fabrics, trimmings and yarns, as well as found objects, photos, sketches and notes.

1–2 Presentation boards by Lucy Faulke, showing final designs, drawings and design development. Sculptural form > Presentation and evaluation Each stage of research and design development is important, from two-dimensional drawings and patterns to three-dimensional textiles; from the knitted sample trials to the finished shaped swatches. The combination of these different elements will give you clearer focus on the design concept, helping you to form a good working method and a format that can be developed for all conceptual projects.

If you are buying an electronic machine it is a good idea to consider a model that is compatible with a CAD/CAM program for knitwear, such as DesignaKnit. 30 / 31 Electronic industrial machines Hand-operated industrial machines are incredibly versatile; these machines have two fixed beds and are known as V-beds (from the side view they look like an inverted V). The beds are equally positioned in angle, which allows the knit to be equally weighted. They also have a greater range of gauges, offering the opportunity to experiment with very fine knit on gauges of 10 and 12.

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