Knitwear: An Introduction to Contemporary Design

Knitwear: An Introduction to Contemporary Design

by Juliana Sissons

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Fully revised and updated, this new second edition of Knitwear provides an invaluable introduction to the use of knitwear in fashion design. The book delves into the characteristics and behavior of many varieties of yarn and fiber, from traditional to contemporary, providing easy-to-follow diagrams, practical examples, and rich illustrations throughout.

Knitwear provides an insider's perspective into the knitwear industry and offers vital need-to-know information to readers on various career pathways, while highlighting contemporary machinery and tools available to knitwear designers today, demonstrating how to create knitting patterns, and laying out the basic techniques used on domestic machines.

Interviews with international designers, operating at different levels within the industry, provide further insight into the business of knitwear, and how to get a good head-start into the industry. A must-have handbook for the knitwear designer, Knitwear is a beautiful and indispensable guide to this growing area of the fashion industry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474251730
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 07/12/2018
Series: Basics Fashion Design
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.39(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Juliana Sissons is a practicing designer and lecturer in Fashion and Textiles at Nottingham Trent University and at the University of Brighton in the UK, she also delivers Master Class lectures and workshops on creative pattern cutting internationally. As a knitwear designer and freelance pattern cutter, Juliana's clients have included Alexander McQueen, Shelley Fox, The V&A Museum and the BBC; her work has also been commissioned by artists including Leigh Bowery, Andrew Logan, Britney Spears and style icon Isabella Blow.

Table of Contents

1. Approach to knit
Reinventing traditional knitting
Yarns and fibres
Construction of knit
Developments in design and technology
Industry interview. Freddie Robins, Senior Tutor, Knitted Textiles, the Royal College of Art

2. Creative development
The brief
Industry interview: Shelley Fox, Director of MFA Fashion Design and Society, The New School Parsons
Design development
Sculptural form
Presentation and evaluation

3. Construction through pattern and texture
The tension swatch
Basic techniques
Surface texture
Industry interview. Sophie Steller, Design Director
Patterned knits

4. Construction through shape
Partial knitting. three-dimensional effects
Creating flared shapes
Increasing and decreasing
Industry interview. Katherine Mavridis: Knitwear Designer
Draping and shaping
Creating a knitting pattern

5. Details and trims
Collars and neckbands
Industry interview. Hannah Jenkinson, Knitwear Designer
Buttonholes and fastenings
Hand-finishing techniques

6. Menswear
Historical contexts
Androgynous contexts
Industry interview: Cozette McCreery
Designer case study: Pa Byrne
Designer case study: Ella Nisbett
Designer case study: Ben McKernan
Designer case study: Latasha Hammond
Designer case study: Matilda Draper
Designer case study: Kendall Baker
Designer case study: Carlo Volpi

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